How to Fold a Dollar Into a Heart

Fold a dollar note into a heart and keep it in your wallet or give it to a special friend as a keepsake to remember a fun outing spent together. A $20 bill can be used instead to make a cute gift for family and friends when you want to add a personal touch.

Steps

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    Start with a dollar bill in good condition. (Or use a $5, $10, $20, note instead––see Tips for other currencies.) Fold the bottom right corner diagonally.
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    Unfold the corner. Then fold the top right corner diagonally.
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    Unfold the corner. You should see that the creases form an X. Fold the right side of the bill backwards over the middle of the X.
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    Unfold it. Push the middle creases in and let the corners collapse down.
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    Repeat with the left side.
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    Fold the whole bill in half. Then unfold.
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    Pinch the middle section along the crease you made in the previous step. Bring the edges of each triangle together. This will create a rectangular flap in the back. Flatten it to the right, as shown.
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    Flip the bill over.
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    Fold the top flap down. Tuck the corners in.
    • Hint: at this point you should have a single pair of tabs, folded on the diagonal, pointing up. You should have three layers of folded tabs pointing down.
    • Still not sure? Start with a $1 bill and follow the markings on the bill to show you the correct orientation.
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    Flip the bill over.
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    Fold the bottom right corner to the middle.
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    Unfold and flatten the corner down.
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    Fold the bottom corner towards the middle crease.
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    Unfold and flatten the corner down.
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    Repeat with other corner.
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    Repeat with the other three points.
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    Fold the right and left corners back.
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    Insert a quarter or other coin in the middle if desired.

Tips

  • If you don't have any U.S. currency, you'd like a different color, or you want to give one to someone without giving them your money, start with a rectangular piece of paper about the same size: 6.6cm (2.61 inches) wide, by 15.6cm (6.14 inches) long. A paper cutter, if you have access to one, can help you get the edges square.
  • This may also be possible with other currencies. A £5 or £10 British note will work, with the omission of step #7. Check the size of the alternative currency note's size against the measurements in the previous tip.
  • This is best folded on a flat surface.

Warnings

  • Doing this to a bill will make it harder to use in a vending or self-checkout machine.
  • Take care with the bill to avoid ripping it.

Things You'll Need

  • Dollar note (or paper/other currency as per Tips)
  • Flat folding surface
  • Coin (optional)

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