by Noreen Doll.
Create an easy dollar bill wallet to hold a cash gift or gift card.
All you need to make this fun gift wrap is 2 one dollar bills and a few folds.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I found a video on how to make a dollar bill wallet here.
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.
By Richard Alexander, from “Money Origami” DVD – Tuttle Publishing. You can find his website here: http://www.origamido.com/