Decorative Money Origami Heart

money origami heart

"An intricate money origami heart that's surprisingly easy to make..."

Give your sweetheart a pleasant surprise by including one of these pretty money hearts their Valentine's Day card ("treat yourself to something nice, honey!"). Or personalise your cash wedding gift by folding it into the most universally recognised symbol of love :-)

This decorative dollar bill origami money heart has a cute star-burst pattern in the centre. It looks more flamboyant than the simple version, and is only a little trickier to fold.

Here's a full-sized photo of the finished heart:

Money origami heart

Now for the instructions. I'll show picture instructions first, but if you like you can skip ahead to the video instructions . By the way, if you've never tried folding money before, perhaps you'd like to build your confidence by starting on the simpler heart .

Variation: Origami Love Note

You can adapt this origami to make heart-shaped love notes.

The folding is slightly different so I wrote a separate page about how to make origami heart love notes .

origami heart love note

Click hear for love note instructions

Picture Instructions

A wise person once told me, "bit by bit, one by one, suddenly, job is done!". No, wait, it wasn't a wise person, I saw it written on a fridge magnet. Anyway, don't be alarmed by the number of steps. Just take them one at a time.

money origami heart
Step 1 : Fold and unfold along the dotted lines shown here. Folds are at 45 degrees, so they bring the side of the paper into line with the top or bottom.

money origami heart
Step 2 : Turn the bill over, then fold and unfold along these dotted lines. Each fold goes through the centre of a 'cross' from the previous step.

money origami heart
Step 3 : Turn the bill over again, and fold it into this shape. (It will fold into this shape naturally anyway, because of the creases you made in the previous steps.) Then fold in half, right to left.

money origami heart
Step 4 : Fold the little corner tabs, along the lines shown.

money origami heart
Step 5 : On the left side of the note, there are two big triangular flaps. Fold the top flap to the right, along this dotted line.

money origami heart
Step 6 : Now there are some loose flaps at the top and the bottom. Fold them as shown.

money origami heart
Step 7 : Take one of the little flaps you folded in the last step, and flatten it into a square, like the one on the top-right of this photo. Then repeat with the other three flaps.

money origami heart
Step 8 : Now you have four little flattened squares. Fold in the edges along the dotted lines shown.

money origami heart
Step 9 : Take one of the little flaps you folded in the last step, and flatten it into a sort of kite shape, like on the top-right of this photo. Then repeat with the other 7 little flaps.

money origami heart
Step 10 : It should look like this now. Flip it over.

money origami heart
Step 11 : Fold along the dotted line

money origami heart
Step 12 : Fold in the side-corners to finish off the heart shape.

money origami heart
Step 13 : Turn the bill over, and your money origami heart is complete!

How did it go? Did it work? If so, well done! The steps are a bit tricky to explain with pictures, so you did well to follow them :-)

If you ended up with a crumpled piece of paper instead of a beautiful money origami heart, don't despair! Perhaps the video instructions below will make the process clearer for you.

Money Origami Heart Video Instructions

Click the white arrow to play. If the video doesn't display, you might need to download the free Adobe flash player .

Variation: Origami Heart Engagement Invitation

Reader Lianne wrote in to say that she used this design to make invitations for her engagement party, and shared some photos of them. Aren't her invitations gorgeous? Thanks for sending in your photos Lianne!

origami heart engagement invitation front Engagement invitation hearts
origami heart engagement invitation back Reverse side of heart
origami heart engagement invitation inside Message inside each heart
Want to make invitations like this? Check out my updated template and instructions for folding the heart from paper instead of money.

Origami Heart Wedding Invitation

A few months on, Lianne wrote in to say she was using the origami heart design again on her wedding invitations. Aren't they beautiful?

origami heart wedding invitation front page Origami heart on front page of Lianne's wedding invitation

The invitation consists of three cards, the first being the actual invite, then some details, and the third with the directions for to the wedding venue:

origami heart wedding invitation three pages The three cards of the wedding invitation

Thanks for sharing your photos Lianne, and we hope you and Shawn have a wonderful wedding day!

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