Versatile Earrings

by Florence Temko

Versatile Earrings
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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.
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2. Fold it in half again. You will have a narrow strip.
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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.
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6. Place the earring with the two ends facing down.

7. Fold the four outside corners to the back (mountain folds).

8. Versatile earring.
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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.)

More Ideas

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.

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    • Dollar Bill Origami by John Montroll (book review)
    • Dollar Bill Animals in Origami by John Montroll
    • Origami with Dollar Bills: Another Way to Impress People with Your Money! by Duy Nguyen
    • Money Folding (Origami Favorites Series) by Florence Temko


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