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Need an Easy and Thoughtful Gift? DIY Butterfly Money Gifts

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Butterfly money gifts are perfect for any occasion. You can make them add up to a variety of amounts, starting at two dollar bills and working up from there. You may also want to add a bunch together. Have fun with it!

Butterfly Money Gift with GrinsWin logo

Supplies:

You will need two bills for each butterfly money gift you want to make. The ones shown here were made with two $10 bills to make one $20 butterfly money gift.

You will need one twist tie for each butterfly money gift you want to make. I like to use the twists made for plants as they are much gentler on the money. I purchased a package of 100 plant twists on Amazon.

Steps:

Note: It is good to have both bills facing the same direction when you start folding them. The bills in the photos were placed face-up when I began folding.

Step 1: Start by smoothing out both bills.

Two bills face side up

For the top wings:

Step 2: Fold each short side of the bill in about a half-inch.

bill with sides turned in about one-half inch

Step 3: Then fold the bill in half the long way. Press firmly along the fold you just made. Then open the bill back up again. Now there will be a crease to use as a guide for the next step.

Step 4: Next, one at a time, fold all four corners of the bill in towards the center and align it with the crease.

Step 5: To make the accordion or fan-fold, start by folding the top side down about a quarter of an inch.  Then flip over and repeat until you have folded the rest of the bill. It should take about 8 or 9 quarter-inch folds to finish folding the top wings.

For the bottom wings:

Step 6: Make the accordion or fan fold again. This time start by folding either short side of the bill in, about a quarter of an inch.  Then flip over and repeat until you have folded the rest of the bill. It should take about 16 or 17 quarter-inch folds to finish the bottom wings. It does not have to be exact.

Step 7: To attach the wings together, grab the bill you folded for the top wings between two fingers and holding tightly in the center. Then place the bill you folded for the bottom wings directly underneath and hold together. Now wrap it in the center with a twist tie. Wrap the tie around a couple of times and allow the remaining ends of the twist tie to act as the butterfly’s antenna. *Be careful not to twist the tie too tightly it could harm your butterfly money gifts!

Step 8: Finally, gently spread out the wings and enjoy. Butterfly money gifts are the perfect, quick, gift solution, for any occasion.

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