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How to Make a Money Rose

Updated on July 19, 2016
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Kylyssa Shay worked as a florist for eighteen years and has created and taught an assortment of crafts to adults and children of all ages.

A money rose made with two dollar bills is a clever way to give money as a gift.
A money rose made with two dollar bills is a clever way to give money as a gift. | Source

Turn Paper Currency into a Money Flower for a Creative Gift

Have you ever been in a position where the only thing you can figure out to give someone as a gift was cash? Maybe you felt that wasn't very creative or personal? Well, there's a way you can do that and still make it an interesting and fun present.

Money roses make great gifts for:

  • Valentine's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Christmas
  • Graduation
  • Birthdays
  • Retirement
  • Weddings
  • First wedding anniversaries- for which the traditional choice is paper!

This step-by-step guide will show you how to make origami money blooms of any denomination for any occasion if you need a creative way to give currency as a gift that is unique and fun without being cheesy.


© 2012 Kylyssa

Materials You'll Need for the Craft Project

Materials required to make a money rose.
Materials required to make a money rose. | Source

You Will Need:

  • Five to seven crisp, flat bills of any denomination you desire for each money rose you wish to make
  • One piece of straight floral wire for each bill
  • One roll of green floral tape
  • Artificial rose leaves

The pictured bloom made of two-dollar bills used six two-dollar bills, five became petals and the sixth became the bud in the center.

No legal tender is harmed in this craft project. The bills are only folded and pinched, never cut or glued. Practice on rectangles of paper first if you are concerned about accidentally tearing the money.

Folding the Bud and Giving It Curls

Fold the bills in half first as it will make curling the edges easier.
Fold the bills in half first as it will make curling the edges easier. | Source

Step One - Beginning the Center Bud

Take one of the bills and fold it straight in half width-wise as shown in the photo above.

While the bill is still folded, roll the outer edges into a small tube with your fingertips, holding the layers in a single piece on each side to form the curls as shown.

Folding the Petals

An angled fold makes the finished petals look attractively spaced on the finished flower.
An angled fold makes the finished petals look attractively spaced on the finished flower. | Source

Step Two - Folding The Petals at an Angle

Take the remaining four to six bills and fold them in half at an angle across the center as shown.

Roll the edges as shown above so all of the curls are facing the same direction when the bill is folded.

Putting the Bud on a Wire

Do this pinching and scrunching gently but firmly so as not to tear the bill. You may wish to practice on pieces of plain paper first.
Do this pinching and scrunching gently but firmly so as not to tear the bill. You may wish to practice on pieces of plain paper first. | Source

Step Three - Adding a Wire to the Bud for the Rose Center

Slip a floral wire through the fold on the bud bill.

Hold the bill firmly in place on the wire with one hand and bunch the paper of the bill together by pushing the paper of the bill together in small increments, bending the wire into a very tight "U" shape as you go. Give the wire a twist or two to hold the bill in place.

Putting the Petals on Wires

Take your time and be patient putting the money onto wires to avoid damaging the bills.
Take your time and be patient putting the money onto wires to avoid damaging the bills. | Source

Step Four - Putting Wires Onto The Remaining Bills

Slip a floral wire through the fold of each petal bill.

Hold the bill firmly in place on the wire with one hand and bunch the paper of the bill together as shown along the wire, bending the wire in a loop that bows in away from the direction of the curls as you go.

Bend the ends of the loop together and give the wire a twist or two to hold the bill in place.

Shaping the Bud

Don't worry if the sides of the bud don't look great.  They will be hidden by the petals when assembled into the flower.
Don't worry if the sides of the bud don't look great. They will be hidden by the petals when assembled into the flower. | Source

Step Five - Fluffing the Center Bud Into Shape

Stick a finger between the layers of the folded bud and pop the paper at the crease out a little in each direction to fluff it out, so the bud looks more rounded. Arrange the curls so they are interlocking as shown and set the finished bud aside.

Shaping the Petals

Here's how they should look from a few different angles.
Here's how they should look from a few different angles. | Source

Step Six - Curving the Petals Into a Natural-Looking Shape

Use your fingertips to bow the paper out in a curve as shown and use your fingers to relax the curl of the edges until they look a bit more like the natural curl of a rose petal. Repeat until you've done this with all of the remaining bills.

Assembly of the Bloom

Be sure to pull the floral tape tight as you wrap it around the wires to help it stick to itself.
Be sure to pull the floral tape tight as you wrap it around the wires to help it stick to itself. | Source

Step Seven - Bind the Bud and Petals Together With Floral Tape

Bunch the petals together with the bud in the center and slide the petals around the outside of it until they look natural.

Then, take the floral tape, starting just under the bloom, pulling steadily to keep the tape stretched, and tape down the bundle of wires.

If desired, a small collar of artificial rose leaves or an artificial ring of rose sepals can be placed at the base of the bloom to add more realistic detail.

Adding Leaves to the Stem

Silk leaves make a nice finishing touch.
Silk leaves make a nice finishing touch. | Source

Step Eight - Affix the Leaves to the Stem

Lay the artificial rose leaves along the stem approximately where they would occur on a natural rose and, using floral tape, attach them to the stem. Pull the floral tape tight as you wind it around the stem to activate the adhesive and make it stick to itself.

While one can buy artificial leaves separately I prefer to buy an inexpensive artificial rose and use its leaves instead. They look better and often cost less.

Your Flower is Complete!

photo by Kylyssa Shay
photo by Kylyssa Shay

To remove the bills from your money rose, simply find the end of the floral tape on the rose and peel it off the wires. Unbend the wires and free your cash!

photo by Kylyssa Shay
photo by Kylyssa Shay

Money roses can be arranged in vases or boxes, held by stuffed animals, or even tied to balloons. They can also be tied to actual branches to create a cash tree for special occasions such as wedding anniversaries, weddings, or graduations.

Video Instructions Below

The video below shows somewhat different but still very nice step-by-step instructions showing how to make similar money roses.

An Alternative Method

I learned to make money roses when a client brought one into the flower shop I was working at twenty-some years ago and asked me to make more. I took it apart and did my best to reverse-engineer it. Over the years I simplified the process so it is easier to teach and takes less time to make each one.

I made this bloom with assorted denominations of bills for a graduation gift.
I made this bloom with assorted denominations of bills for a graduation gift. | Source

Please Don't Steal the Money Rose Text or Images

Feel free to share the images on this page on Pinterest and link to the page as many times as you like and wherever you like as hundreds of thousands of people have done with my blessing, but using the text or images as if they were your own will result in a DMCA infringement notice to your ISP.

The only authorized version of this tutorial is right here at:

https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/how-to-make-a-money-rose

© 2012 Kylyssa Shay

To Whom Would You Give a Money Rose?

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      Stella cornish 2 months ago

      I would like to present for mother-in-law's 91st birthday

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      Mary Cole 4 months ago

      I want to make a dozen with all $1 dollar bills except one $100 bill for my niece's graduation. 12 years-$ 1200 dollars. Thank God I have a year to save for this Bouquet of Roses.

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      Ethelyn Beck 4 months ago

      To my sister on her 60th birthday with $60 all "wrapped" up :-)

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      Ms.K 17 months ago

      Thanks for the great tutorial. I will try this for my daughter graduating from college.

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      Diana Abrahamson 19 months ago from t Francis Bay

      Love this money rose idea. Unique twist to gift giving!

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      peachy 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, you got so many comments! I love crafts and this is really unique

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      stephen kalu 20 months ago from Nigeria

      Great and fantastic hub. How did you get to learn how to do this. Keep it on and going. Good pix as well

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      dbdflorist 21 months ago

      Play "fake" money from dollar tree works just as well and doesn't carry the expense when you intend for it to remain a rose and not be torn apart. Also for practice rounds before you ruin your cash. Or as decorations at an event where real money roses would quickly line purses.

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      Kylyssa Shay 22 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      You're welcome. It's really quick and easy after you have a little practice. Thanks for reading.

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      KY.....Thanks so much for this perfectly illustrated step-by step guide to making dollar bill roses. These make a really impressive gift for any occasion! I intend to give it a try!.....Paula

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      Kylyssa Shay 22 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Make as many roses as you like and sell them as you like! Don't forget to charge for your supplies and labor.

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      Zachary 22 months ago

      I need to make roses for someone and they want to pay me. This is the best tutorial I found and I was wondering if I could use it to make the rose I am selling. I am making three and wsa wondering if I could do it under your permission or if you want me to not make it, thank you for your time :)

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      hubblueafox 23 months ago

      Thank you for your idea, but I will use normal papers :v

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      mactavers 23 months ago

      Thanks for the great idea.

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      Fox Music 2 years ago

      Thanks for Sharing This Unique Hub-Page "How to Make a Money Rose"

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      Sherilyn Hernandez 2 years ago

      I linked this how-to on my blog! What a cute and unique idea!!

      http://workingmommyof.blogspot.com/2015/03/creativ...

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      Parly 2 years ago

      Awesome. Saw this once in a bouquet and was amazed. The lady cried, as it was a give from her daughter.

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      Ian Connelly 2 years ago

      That is awesome I was just looking for how to do this with money a couple days ago!

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Wow, amazing way of giving someone money! Instead of just handing them the money you present it to them in a wonderful way! Thank you for the instructions on how to make one myself!

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      Lindsey A S 2 years ago from Delaware

      Wow this is so beautiful! It actually looks like a flower unlike some how to's you see today. That is an amazing gift, thoughtful and creative great hub!!!

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      This is great, I just wish I had enough ones to spare so I could make some money roses :)

      Money actually makes a very pretty rose

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      Brandon Hart 2 years ago from The Game

      Origami is one of the coolest arts I have ever seen. The fact that you can make a spider on a web out of a single piece of paper without cutting or ripping it is amazing.

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      Meggan Dunn 2 years ago from Winnie, TX

      When I waitressed sometimes I would get money folded up in different ways. I love the rose and think it would make an awesome gift!

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      parth 2 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

      yeah! it is really nice to make it. i will also try to make it

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      That is cute, now I just have to find a way of printing some of those bills:)

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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      What a great gift idea or an addition to a wrapped gift. Thanks for the instruction!

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      meghansmummy 2 years ago

      Thanks will be trying this

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      This is great idea, should try it :)

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      Toni Pacino 2 years ago

      Very cute and awesome idea. I love this! Might try it

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      Nimblepins 2 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub! It's such a great idea. I think your pictures are lovely - crisp and helpful. Also, I appreciate your tip about getting the leaves from a cheap flower. I am going to try one!

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      A very nice hub. I'm going to try to do one and give it to my girlfriend.

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      Georgina_writes 2 years ago from Dartmoor

      Such a great idea. Giving cash always seems a bit of a cop out. At least this way I'd feel I'd made some effort. Rating and following.

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      MasterworksFA 2 years ago from Oakland, CA

      What a great idea! I'm going to make one for my friend who is all about floral design.

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      John Smith 2 years ago

      Very awesome guide! This is quite a unique creation.

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      JKWriter 2 years ago from Right in the middle.

      This is such a beautiful idea! Much more elegant than greeting cards with a money pocket! Love the tutorial, and can't wait to try!

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      Rachael Tate 2 years ago from England

      Such a unique gift idea! Love it!

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      Asalina 2 years ago from Alabama

      awesome, luv it

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      Susan 2 years ago

      This is a great idea. I was having a go but your money must be made from paper. As our money is plastic paper and I can't get it to blend at the corners. Love it anyway.

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      Cecilia Karanja 3 years ago from Nairobi

      What an amazing gift idea. Loved the tutorial.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I remember seeing this lens over at Squidoo. Looks great over here too!

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      maurinehmontalvo8 3 years ago

      Really awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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      austinmichael 3 years ago

      This is very informative and interesting lens. I like it.

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      julie2005carter 3 years ago

      Great Fathers Day gift !

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      CashInTheHand LM 3 years ago

      A great gift for father\s day, thanks for the great idea!

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      pennyovenden 3 years ago

      Great tutorial!

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      streetboy 3 years ago

      Its wonderful to see how to make money roses...its amazed me.

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      minhtuong1992 3 years ago

      wow,very useful when picking up girls:))

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      DDLewis 3 years ago

      These are so cute for a gift! Great video!

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      stoddarda 3 years ago

      That is awesome!! I would give it to a girl for her birthday to impress her :)

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      Mirelae 3 years ago

      now that is simply beautiful :)

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      sirteacup 3 years ago

      Fantastic! I love roses and money so this lens was right up my ally. So great for giving money as a gift. I can't wait to make a bouquet of these, thanks for the guide.

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      Awesome Money RoseAlso shared on Facebook :)BlessingsGEM

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      Keith Winter 3 years ago from Spain

      Wow!! I love this idea. I'm going to have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing.

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      kimrgns 3 years ago

      Cool idea. Especially if I don't know what to buy for a gift

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      queenofduvetcover 3 years ago

      I wish I would get a dozen money roses!! lol This is an awesome idea. I will keep this in mind next time I give someone money as a gift.

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 3 years ago

      This is brilliant, i love it, i am going to have to attempt this :-)

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      meloyelo 3 years ago

      Awesome! What a cool gift!

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      Kylyssa Shay 3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      @GEMNITYA5: Is it real art? I don't know. "Real art" is kind of hard to define. Is it real money? Definitely! I used my roommate's two-dollar bills to make the rose that I photographed step-by-step through the process.

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      Phenomenal, I was wondering is it real Money Rose Art?BlessingsGEM

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      Mark 3 years ago from Italy

      wow! wonderful tutorial!

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      joann 3 years ago from utah

      What a creative way to give money as a gift. Great lens!

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      anshulgupta 3 years ago

      absolutely awesome...brilliant.

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      Kylyssa Shay 3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      @BillyZhang: I've made them with hundred dollar bills before but they were for wealthy clients who gave them as wedding gifts for the most part.

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      Billy Zhang 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      For a second I thought you were using hundred dollar bills! LOL!

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      Kylyssa Shay 3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      @WikiDZ: Actually, I used my roommate's two-dollar bills (he gets them from the bank because he likes to leave them as tips) because I was broke when I made this tutorial. I've probably made hundreds of currency flowers of one sort or another for clients or friends but I've only made a very few with my own money to serve as gifts. They can make five bucks look a lot more impressive as a gift.

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      WikiDZ 3 years ago

      First you need money. ;)

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Weird seeing a two dollar bill again. I like your money rose but I don't think it would work with Canadian money, the new bills anyway.

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      webindex lm 3 years ago

      (I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money. - Pablo Picasso)I dream that I have a lot of A Money Rose

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      sandy-zoom 3 years ago

      Some people do not find the money and the others make roses money

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      This would be a fun way to give cash to a grad or as a birthday gift to a teenager. Thanks for the superb pictorial how-to.

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      michaelbarba26 3 years ago

      Awesome

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      kiki-chou 3 years ago

      This is fantastic!

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Nice idea! I have never seen money roses before. Great present for every origami lover.

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

      what a great gift idea!

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      Essy K 3 years ago from South Dakota

      Love Origami. ^.^

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      marianmiamian 3 years ago

      This is fantastic! Thank you so much for the great idea and easy to follow instructions.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      How very creative!! I love it Thanks for this idea and instructions :)

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      maese-broli 3 years ago

      Good idea for a graduation gift!

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      sotera 3 years ago

      I make money corsages with sugar cubes for my girls 16th birthdays!! I cut narrow ribbons of my color choice I tie the ribbon around the cube leaving a tail--all 16 different lengths===I gather them together and add 16 one dollar bills (crisp) tie the flowers at top to form a corsage add a long corsage pin on the back. You can even cut a tiny picture of the girl in center of flowers!!!!

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      sociopath-free 3 years ago

      Classy way to present cash.

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      Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      To my woman, it's really beautiful idea i will use it for sure, well done making this beautiful article

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      Marie 3 years ago

      This is absolutely stunning - I love your money rose and I think it would be beautiful for Mother's Day. Thank you for sharing.

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      thestellargirl 3 years ago

      This is so interesting!

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      Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

      How very inventive!

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      am23g23 3 years ago

      Awesome idea, thanks for the share!

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      Max Globe 4 years ago

      splendid!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      looks amazing. beautiful!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love this idea and with Canadian money being colorful I think it would look beautiful made into roses. Pinning so that I can refer back to your lens when I make my own.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have been doing my own version of this for years. They are beautiful for a presentation bouquet for a special anniversary. Your local florist will gladly give you a long stem box and tissue for a gift presentation. I add a drop of rose fragrance for effect too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I will be making these for my Granddaughters grad.

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Very nice thought,I learned something new!!

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      mathew31 4 years ago

      This is a really cool idea and I've never heard of it before! I love the uniqueness of it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      making a bunch of roses for my daughters 21st

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was a perfect idea for my cousins bridal shower! The instructions were easy to follow and I know it'll be a hit!

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      josietook 4 years ago

      I've bookmarked this lens. Plan on giving your idea a go next time I give cash as a present. Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Those are beautiful

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      bancdebinary1 4 years ago

      Wow.. What a unique idea! We have other ideas on what you should do with your money, but this is definitely more fun :)

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      Very creative and very thoughtful gift!

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      Wendy Hughes 4 years ago from Charlotte

      GOSH! I soooOOO wish I coulda had the instructions/idea for this money rose when my son graduated. I'm gonna make on for the next B~day. FAB!!! :^P

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      london40 4 years ago

      Cool, The best of both world, money and love.