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How to Fold a Christmas Money Tree

Make a Christmas Money Tree from a Dollar Bill

Giving cash this Christmas? (We still think it's better than a gift card.) Instead of just sticking the bills in a card, how about festively folding them into a Christmas money tree shape? With this simple technique, you’ll have the whole project done in less than five minutes.     

 

 
Start this easy money origami DIY with a bill of your choosing (a dollar bill works great, but for a better effect and bigger smiles, go for the twenty or fifty dollar bill). Don't worry, folding a dollar bill is completely legal!

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 1

Start by folding the bill in half lengthwise. Make sure your folds are crisp and clean. Use a bone folder to crease the folds perfectly. 

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 2

Next, unfold the first step and fold in half the short way. 

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 3

Fold the top layer down about two-thirds of the way.  

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 4

 Fold the corners down as shown in the photo above. The space between the folded corners should be about 3/4 of an inch wide.  

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 5

Fold the bottom left over, unfolding the corner you just made. Flatten the corner and then repeat the step for the right side.  

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 6

You should have two flattened corners, and a 'tree trunk' beginning to take shape. 

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 7

Fold down the top corners to the center as shown.  

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How to fold your cash to look like Christmas trees: Step 8

Fold the top corners down one more time. Flip the tree over, and you're done! 


 

Cash forest - the perfect holiday gift!

 

How to fold your dollar bills into cute little Christmas trees!
Share this holiday project on Pinterest!

 

You could also hang these as ornaments on your tree, or use them as fun stocking stuffers for kids. Have fun making your Christmas money trees! 

 

 

Looking for more seasonal DIY projects and ideas?

 

This post was originally written by JoAnn Moser in 2008. She also came up with the folding technique. Updated with new photos and video in December, 2016. 

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Christine on Dec 12, 2015:

I was looking for a cute and clever way to gift money to my 5 nieces and nephews this Christmas. This is perfect! Thank you so much! :)


DIY Maven on Dec 20, 2007:

The Grant was an early Christmas gift. It was the only crispy bill I had in the house. (For folding, crispy ones work better than flimsy ones.) If your dream was about folded money Christmas trees, it could mean a lot of things. 1. Money 2. Christmas 3. Origami 4. Curbly. Maybe you don't need a vacation. Maybe you just need to fold origami figures which you can sell to make money for Christmas presents which you can then review for Curbly posts. Or something to that effect.


Chrisjob on Dec 20, 2007:

Parading the Grants, eh?

This was in my dream last night...I think it a ripe time for vacation when Curbly permeates even in my sleep. 


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