"Give someone you love a beautiful bouquet... of origami money flowers!"
Wondering about the bills in the picture? I was in Australia recently visiting family. The money there is wonderfully colourful so I thought I'd try making a flower with it!
Money bouquets are great for weddings, graduations, and other occasions when you want to say "congratulations!". Use a handful of dollar bills (or larger denominations) to make an entire bouquet of money flowers, or just make a couple and mix them in with a bouquet of real flowers.
The instructions on this page are based on a neat dollar bill origami flower design by djmicho. I think that the original design was actually for Euros, which are shorter and wider than American dollars. So, I've adapted the design to shorten the petals slightly and give the flower a fuller shape. Try it and see how you like it :-)
(By the way, when you searched for money origami flowers, perhaps you really meant money origami roses.)
Step 1: Pick one bill to start with. Fold in each side of the bill by about half an inch. The more you fold in, the shorter the petals of the flower will be. (Petals that are too long look silly.)
Step 2: Fold bill in half lengthwise, then unfold.
Step 3: Fold the corners in to meet the centre line.
Step 4: Fold the top and bottom edges to the centre line.
Step 5: Fold in half lengthwise.
Step 6: Fold in half again.
Step 7: Fold the other two bills in the same way, i.e. re-do steps 1 to 6. Then, wire the three bills together like this. Just loop the wire around all three, and twist the wire at the bottom.
Step 8: Spread the petals, and you've finished! For a final touch, spray a little perfume on your flower :-)
Once you've made your flowers, you can arrange them into a bouquet. Here's an a photo sent in by one of our visitors, Rachael, who says:
"My mother always says flowers are a waste of money. If I want to give her flowers, she says to give her the money instead. Well I found your instructinos and made her a flower money bouquet. Now she can have both, flowers and money!"
Thanks for sharing your photo Rachael!
And here's a beautiful bouquet sent in by Leslie, who says "I made these for a Sweet 16 party for two girls. They were a smashing success. Thank you for sharing your ideas." Thanks for sending in your photo Leslie!
Looking for something romantic to go with your origami money flowers? Have a go at making a dollar bill rose. Then wrap all your flowers into a money bouquet, and add a dollar origami butterfly or two!
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