How to Make a Money Rose

Surprise a Graduate or Newlywed with This Welcome Gift

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    Getting Started

    rose from money
    Rita Shehan

    Money is always a welcome gift for newlyweds and graduates—but it can be hard to find a graceful way to hand over cash. These clever money roses are both pretty and useful, and will long be remembered as one of the most creative and unusual gifts received.

    You can use any denomination of money, although the money flower tutorial example uses one dollar bills.  Who wouldn't love a flower constructed from fifty dollar bills? It all depends on how generous you plan to be.

    Supplies Needed

    • Floral wire
    • Wire cutters
    • Floral tape
    • Pencil or pen
    • Silk flower rose
    • Ribbon
    • Vase (*optional)
    • Plastic floral sleeve (*optional)
    • Paper money
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    Pull Apart the Silk Flower Rose

    silk rose stem and leaves
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    Remove the silk rose and sepal from the stem; save the sepal; it will be used in a later step.

    If you're planning a wedding, the silk rose petals can be used on your reception tables, or you can  have your flower girl toss petals onto the runner in your service.

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    Place Dollar Bills in a Row

    five one dollar bills
    Rita Shehan

    Lay your dollar bills in a row, with four bills facing down and one facing up. Lay four of the bills face down, and one of the bills face side up. The bill that is placed face up will be the center of the money rose. The bills that are face down will be the petals of the money rose.

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    Curl the Corners to Form the Petals of the Money Rose

    curled dollar bills
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    • Curl the corners of the bill by wrapping each corner tightly around a pencil and then releasing it. All corners should be curled upward except the bill that's facing upward and is designated as the center of the rose. 
    • Curl two of the corners of the bill that will be the center of the rose upward.  Turn the bill over and curl the remaining corners upward.

    If you become confused when curling the bill edges, just use the above photo as guidance.

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    Pinch the Center of the Petal Bills Together

    Pinched dollar bill
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    Pinch the middle of the first face down bill together using your fingers. The curled edges should be pointing downward.

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    Attach a Piece of Floral Wire to the Bill

    floral wire on dollar bill
    Rita Shehan

    Take a piece of floral wire and fold it in half. Place the folded wire over the top of the center pinch, and twist together underneath.

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    Make the Center of the Money Flower

    center bud of money rose
    Rita Shehan

    Take the bill that was designated to be the flower center ( the bill that was face up) and pinch together.

    Pinch it in the center and wrap with floral wire.

    Arrange the bill with fingers to form a tight flower bud center.

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    Form All of the Money Petals

    five dollar bill petals
    Rita Shehan

    Continue pinching and wrapping all of the bills.  You should now have four petals and one flower bud center.

    Hold the flower bud in your hand.

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    Wrap the Money Petals Around the Center Bud

    a money rose
    Rita Shehan

    Place the petals around the center floral bud.

    Wrap the wires of one petal section at a time around the wire of the central rosebud forming a stem.

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    Attach the Sepal and Wrap With Floral Tape

    sepal on bottom of money rose
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    • Make the center hole in the saved sepal a bit larger and slip it over the floral wire until it is on the bottom of the money rose head.
    • Wrap the floral wires with floral tape forming a one-inch wrapped stem under the rose head.
    • Leave the remainder of the floral wire unwrapped.
    • Trim the floral wire, so the about one-half inch of unwrapped floral wire is visible under the wrapped portion of the stem.
    • Wrap the floral wire around the top portion of the silk rose floral stem.
    • Cover the entire floral stem from top to bottom with wrapped floral tape.
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    Paper Money Rose Presentation Tips

    money roses wrapped with red ribbon
    Rita Shehan

    There are several options for presenting the rose money flowers. Any of these suggestions will make a lovely floral display.

    • 1. Wrap the flowers with a simple ribbon and tie into a bow.
    • 2. Place the flowers in a bud vase and wrap the vase with a ribbon.
    • 3. Place the flowers into a plastic floral sleeve and tie a ribbon around the sleeve into a bow.