by Florence Temko
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With a few quick folds, you can turn dollar bills into a pair of bold earrings — or a bow, a hair ornament, a tip in a restaurant or other amusing giveaways. The instructions show how to fold a money bill into the basic earring and followed by suggestions how to make other versatile things.
1. Fold a bill in half lengthwise.
2. Fold it in half again. You will have a narrow strip.
3. Measure 2 inches (5cm) along the top edge and crease the strip down.
4. Fold the strip to the left.
5. Fold the strip up and tuck it under.
6. Place the earring with the two ends facing down.
7. Fold the four outside corners to the back (mountain folds).
8. Versatile earring.
A Pair of Earrings
Make two versatile earrings. For pierced ears: At the top of each earring, make a hole with a pin. For unpierced ears: Insert earring clips on the back, sliding them under the top corners. Glue them with Duco cement. (Earring loops and clips are sold in craft store.)
Turn a folded earring into an Easter Rabbit by adding whiskers and eyes. Or glue two folded earrings sideways on a greeting card to look like fish swimming. For a special prize medal, glue an earring to a blue circle. And just for fun wear one as a hair bow or as a tie on a shirt.
Hints on money folds
- Crisp, new bills give the best results.
- It helps to go over creases with a ruler or Popsicle stick.
- You can attach folded money bills to cards and wrapped gifts with rubber cement, temporary glue sticks or double-sided sticky tape. Any residue can be rubbed off easily, and the bills can then be unfolded and used.
- A greeting card can become a gift when you attach a folded bill to a piece of paper folded in half.
- These folds are designed to be made with United States dollar bills, but are also suitable for most other currencies. Plain paper rectangles in the proportion of 2 to 1 (half a square) may be used.