Dollar Bill Wallet

by Noreen Doll.

Create an easy dollar bill wallet to hold a cash gift or gift card.

Dollar Bill Wallet - Crafty Journal

All you need to make this fun gift wrap is 2 one dollar bills and a few folds.

Dollar Bill Wallet - Crafty Journal

What You Do

1. The first time I made this wallet I used 2 pieces of paper I had cut to the size of a $1 bill.

2. Turn the dollar bill face down and with the words right side up so you can read them.

3. Fold the left edge of the dollar bill until it exactly matches the top edge of the bill. Crease sharply.

4. Fold the right edge down to the bottom of the bill until the edges exactly match. Crease sharply.

Make sure the edges are even.

5. Fold the right side up so the left side and the right side have their points headed in the same direction as shown.

Make sure both edges are perpendicular and that the tips of the points are about the same length.

Crease sharply.

6. Fold another dollar bill exactly the same way.

7. To put them together, make sure Washington’s face is up on one side and face down on the other side – so that the two bills will fit snuggly together.
8. Stick one tip of the bottom bill inside the open edge of the matching tip  of the top bill.

9. Stick the other tip of the top bill into the open edge of the matching tip of the bottom bill.

Slide together.

The back of the dollar bill wallet is where the folded bills make an X.


The front side of the wallet is where the diagonal line is.

10. From the front side of the wallet, slide the bills apart far enough to stick a message, folded money, or a gift card inside.  If you add folded money, fold it into thirds and crease the folds sharply.

Slide shut.

11. Because I wanted to make sure the dollar bill wallet stayed closed until I gave it to the recipient, I cut a 3/4 inch wide band out of decorative paper and placed it over the ends of the wallet.

This is a perfect gift wrap for a cash gift to a graduate!

Gift Card Wallet

You can use this same fold to enclose a gift card as it is also a perfect fit!

Slip the card into the dollar bill wallet and close it.

Add a band to hold it together.

Dollar Bill Wallet - Crafty Journal


By Richard Alexander, from “Money Origami” DVD – Tuttle Publishing. You can find his website here:

Noreen Doll

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  1. This is the coolest idea ever! My older sons and teenage daughter would definitely get a kick out of it, I’m going to have to show them this.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love it! I do a lot of dollar bill origami and I will keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  3. this is a great idea! Our notes are different dimensions, but very cool none the less.

  4. Love, love, love it! Thanks for the how-to. I’m going to use it!

  5. Cool!

  6. What a neat and clever idea. I might even be able to make one of these.

  7. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Great grad idea! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  8. Very creative! Come and join my Color Connection meme too. The linky is at my Pink Dinosaurs entry. Have a lovely weekend!

  9. This looks like a lot of fun – I am definitely going to give it a go.
    Thanks for sharing a great tutorial.
    Lowri :-)

  10. How cute! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

  11. Hi,

    I followed you over from Happy Hour Projects. My teenagers will love this! They do Origami with dollars all the time. Thanks for sharing.

    I would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts, on my link party at Have a great weekend.


  12. Debra Kapellakis says:

    What a fun idea!

  13. What a fun idea and perfect timing w/ graduation season.

  14. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great day.


  15. Just Winging It says:

    I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

  16. Hi, there! This is adorable! I’m going to make some for graduation gifts this year… Thanks for sharing – I found you on Randee’s Organized Chaos. Would love for you to visit us, sometime!


  17. I love this idea! I am going to pin this, I know some kids that would love to get money this way as a gift. :)
    Thanks for sharing at Sunday Round Up.

  18. What a CUTE idea! I love this! Thank you so much for sharing it at Meet Me Monday! Love, Me

  19. Very cool. Thanks for sharing that. Linda

  20. ‘What an adorable idea. A very unique way to present a cash or card gift. So very pretty, and thanks for showing us how! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

  21. That is such a fun idea!!!

  22. I have so many graduating seniors that need some $$! Thanks for sharing this idea – it is perfect!

  23. I love this! Our tooth fairy makes something similar, but this is much more finished looking. She fills it with glitter! I guess she’s going to switch it up next lost tooth :)

  24. I’ve been hoping to find something like this for graduations coming up. Thanks!

  25. This is so cute! Giving it a try!! Thanks for being a part of our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Hope to see you again real soon!! -The Sisters

  26. too fun!
    I’ll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays!
    Thanks so much for linking up!

  27. So creative…how fun! Thanks for linking this up at our party!

  28. What a fun idea for giving a gift card. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Have a fabulous week!

  29. Thank you so much for linking up! The wallet was featured on Sweet Sharing Monday Wrap Up!

  30. This is so darn original!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)

  31. fun idea! the bill could even be the paper with a little card inside! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  32. I love this idea! Thanks for showing us how. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  33. I have so many birthdays coming up this summer and this is the perfect way to give a cash gift {assuming I use 2 tens} Thanks so much for sharing this with us at tip toe thru tuesday!

  34. This is really cute. Perfect for Father’s day or a graduate! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5! Remember to link back to be featured.

  35. How fun! what a great way to give a giftcard!

    hugs x

  36. These are so fun. My husband used to make them for our nephews birthdays when they were young and they always got such a kick out of them. Thank you for sharing at TTF this week and I hope you and yours have a fun weekend! Take care. Hugs, Diann :)

  37. This is cool, thanks for sharing it.

  38. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your awesome dollar bill wallet this week! We love seeing what you have been up to and visiting your blog.

    Have a wonderful week!


  39. So fun!!! Love the idea! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Happy day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  40. What a sweet idea – I’m totally doing this with tens for my nephews this Christmas!

  41. Now that’s cool, I wish I could do that – Our money is plastic and doesn’t fold and our notes start at $5 but I love the idea of this!

  42. Sometimes I forget that other countries have other forms of money! Maybe you could use cool paper to fold into wallets to hold your plastic money.


  43. What a cute idea. My son wants money for Christmas, this would be a great way to put together his gift. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  44. Shut the front door! I’ve got to show this to my daughter. She’ll LOVE it! Whenever we go out to eat, she always takes our tip money and folds them into bow ties! Thanks for sharing at the homemade holiday party.


  45. What a cute idea! I’m pinning this to use for future gifts!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  46. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!
    –Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts

  47. My 13 year old son would totally dig this, thanks for sharing it!

  48. What a great idea, I think everyone loves anything to do with money!
    Joye and Myrna

  49. This would be a brilliant stocking stuffer! I love it!!

  50. Such a great idea for gift cards!

  51. Thanks so much for visiting! I featured you!

  52. So great. Pinning for graduation season! Thanks for bringing this to the Oldie’s party! Hope to see you back there next week.

  53. We have a couple of graduation parties to attend this spring/summer, so this will really come in handy!

  54. Great idea for giving graduation gifts…love it! Thanks for sharing!

  55. This is a great idea–my kids would love receiving a gift card as well as a bit of extra cash! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! :)

  56. How fun is that!?!?! Love it!

  57. The wallet is such a cute idea. Hope you have a great day.

  58. Great idea! Very easy and so cool!

  59. That is so cute! I am giggling at the thought of giving someone money, wrapped in money, lol. Too much fun! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  60. Origami How To says:

    This is one of the best and practical ideas I saw for origami! I love it 😀

  61. This is a great idea….looks nice and it adds a bit more to the gift. :)

  62. Hi, I’m here from Lou Lou Girls Party!
    Your project is so fun! I like it a lot, I’m definitely trying with euro!!

  63. Hi there! visiting from the Party in Your PJs link party. This is so cute and I love how it is perfect as a giftcard holder!

  64. Well, I’ll be! How clever is that!

  65. Such a neat idea! I’ll have to do this with a couple of five pound notes next time I give a gift card

  66. This looks so incredible! I’m always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

  67. what a cute idea. I will have to try it out next time I give money

  68. Jann Olson says:

    You are always so creative with these fun folded money ideas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  69. Man oh man! This is so creative! I love it. I can’t wait to use it for a grandchild’s upcoming birthday. Thanks so much for sharing it at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time Link Party!

    All the best,

  70. Super Cute!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned!

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