How to Make a Money Rose
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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Questions & Answers
Does each petal in a money rose need a wire?
Each bill needs a wire, and each bill creates two petals when folded in half.
© 2012 Kylyssa Shay