How to fold paper money into a heart

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How to fold paper money into a heart
Paper money can be folded into many shapes, including hearts. (heap of the American money image by Maksim Pasko from

Money origami, or folding paper money, is a creative way to give money as a tip, gift or just pass the time during an unexpected delay. Most people don’t carry around origami paper, but they usually have a dollar bill or two tucked in their pocket or purse. A simple way to get started is learning how to fold paper money into a heart, a special way to give cash for birthdays or weddings.

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Things you need

  • Clean, crisp bill in any denomination
  • Hard surface

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  1. 1

    Lay the bill on a flat surface and use your hand to flatten any creases.

  2. 2

    Fold the bill in half, creating a sharp crease on the fold by running your fingernail along it.

  3. 3

    Fold the bill in half again, and run your fingernail along the second crease, pressing firmly.

  4. 4

    Fold the bill around to form a loop and insert one end of the paper money into the other end about one-third of an inch to hold the loop in place.

  5. 5

    Fold the bill tightly in the middle of the overlap. Press as hard as you can to form the crease and keep the emerging heart together.

  6. 6

    Close the loop and firmly fold the end opposite the overlap into a sharp crease. Reverse the fold and push in slightly to form the heart shape. Create a small quartering fold at the tip to hold the point in place, and another at the point at the bottom of the paper money heart.

  7. 7

    Adjust the folded bill until it looks like a heart.

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