Who wouldn't want a money tree? Although you can't give someone a tree that actually grows money, you can do the next best thing and fold a money origami tree to slip inside a greeting card.
The money tree featured in this tutorial is relatively easy to complete. Even a beginner should be able to fold the tree in about five minutes, which makes this a great choice for a last minute gift.
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Fold to the Right Side
Begin folding your money origami tree with George Washington's face up. Fold the top left-hand corner of the bill over so it is flush with the right side. The corner of the bill should touch the point that is right after the second "L" in "ONE DOLLAR." This is shown in the photo to the left. Crease firmly, then unfold.
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Collapse the Folds
Using your horizontal crease as a guide, collapse the folds as shown in the photo to the left. The process of collapsing the folds is the same as what is used in the first two steps of the origami jumping frog.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Complete Your Origami Money Tree
Flip your bill over. Fold a second dollar bill into a small thin strip and tuck it into the flap of the top triangle to create a trunk for your tree.
If you're giving your money tree as a gift, you can use a small amount of poster putty to adhere it to the greeting card. This will also help keep the model from coming apart in transit.
Money origami is fun to give as a gift throughout the year, but this money origami tree is especially appropriate for Christmas. Check out our Christmas Origami Ideas slideshow for more fun holiday origami projects, including an easy homemade Christmas card.