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Origami Money

This year, I became intrigued by origami money folding. When I found this shirt-and-tie duo, I was hooked and gave it a shot.

There's someone in every family who'd rather have cash as a gift, and I get that. We have a sweet teenage boy in our family who will say thank you and enjoy anything, like these gifts from our Today's Mama Teen Gift Guide, but I know he loves to combine cash to pay for his car needs and big-ticket electronic items. With that in mind, I've made his monetary gifts into creative opportunities for presentation.

This year, I became intrigued by origami money folding. When I found this shirt-and-tie duo, I was hooked and gave it a shot.


The right side is a little off, so it's not a truly successful origami, but in my book it's fine. I added a folded $5 as pants and used masking tape to adhere the little suit to the inside of a card.

"Buy something that SUITS you!"

Oh my goodness, so much fun. As an adult, it's also my responsibility to inspire an eye roll from our teenaged cousin.

Here's the video tutorial, and you can go directly to Homemade Gifts Made Easy for step-by-step origami money folding photos.

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How have you creatively gifted money?

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