Gifting cash is sometimes the best way to go, but you’ll want to do it in a fun and unique way. You may be wondering how to make a money bouquet to give as a present.
We previously wrote the article “How to Make a Money Lei,” which is a great option for graduation gift giving.
A simple money bouquet, however, is ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, and good report card rewards, as well as graduations.
What Do I Need to Make a Money Bouquet?
You can put virtually anything in your money bouquet, but here is a list of Money Bouquet DIY Materials that are standard for most bouquets.
- Bills in the denomination of your choosing
- Fresh or fake flowers
- Fresh or fake greenery
- Wooden skewers
- Vase or floral foam
- Tissue paper
How Do You Make a Floral Arrangement With Money?
Once you’ve gathered all of your money bouquet DIY materials, you can begin making and assembling your floral arrangement.
Money Bouquet Instructions
Step 1: Start with fresh or fake flowers. While fresh is always best, there are people like me that have severe allergies and need fake floral arrangements.
Step 2: Set the flowers in a vase.
Step 3: Create money flowers by rolling the bills up into cones so that they have a point at one end. Tape the edges to hold their shape.
Step 4: Slide a wooden skewer down the center of each flower and then tape it at the base.
Step 5: Add the money flowers to the vase.
Step 6: Include some fresh or fake greenery. I love baby’s breath, but eucalyptus leaves, Brunia berries, Queen Anne’s lace and fern leaves are also nice for this project.
Step 7: Include any decorations that you feel will make the money bouquet special (see “How Do You Decorate a Money Bouquet” below for a few suggestions).
Step 8: Wrap a bow around the vase and it’s ready for gift giving.
If you don’t want to use a vase, you can insert the flower stems and the wooden skewers attached to the money flowers into a block of floral foam.
When you go this route, you’ll want to wrap around the floral foam with tissue paper and then tie a bow around it.
How Do You Decorate a Money Bouquet?
Once you have your basic make money bouquet created, you can add a few decorations to personalize the gift.
A few ideas include:
- Add a pocket-size photo of the person or their pet
- Add a pennant of the person’s favorite sports team
- Spray glitter over the greenery
- Attach a decorative brooch to the front of the ribbon
- Add cake toppers – many of these will spell out the special occasion you’re celebrating
- Add a few pieces of the individual’s favorite candy
- Use the individual’s favorite colors when wrapping or adding ribbon
How Do You Fold Money Like a Rose?
A money bouquet with roses is quite beautiful to behold, but you may wish to make the roses out of dollar bills, rather than use the actual flower.
To do this, you’ll need to follow these steps:
Step 1. Fold the bill in half both vertically and horizontally to create creases. Unfold.
Step 2. Fold all four sides into the center of the bill when it is placed horizontally before you. Unfold.
Step 3. Fold two of the edges in and then flip the bill to the other side.
Step 4. Fold the tip of the peak down to the center. Unfold.
Step 5. Flip the bill to the other side and fold the tip down again to the center. Unfold. This creates the base of your origami rose.
Step 6. Pop up the sides to create the center of your rose for the simple money bouquet.
Step 7. Curl the edges inward with a pair of scissors the same way you would a piece of ribbon for a Christmas gift.
Step 8. Pull the edges toward the top to form the shape of your rose.
Step 9. Repeat steps 1 through 7 with a new bill, but this time curl your edges outward.
Step 10. Repeat steps 1 through 7 with a third bill, curling the edges outward.
Step 11. Set the last two roses inside each other and then set those roses inside the first one.
Step 12. Place a thumbtack down through the center of the roses and attach it to the eraser end of a pencil to create a stem.
Step 13. Wrap the pencil with green gardening tape to create the illusion of a stem.
Step 14. Repeat all the steps until you have your desired number of roses.
Step 15. Set the roses in a small vase and then present the make money rose bouquet as a gift.
Money Bouquet Ideas
There are many many different money bouquet DIY ideas that you can use for inspiration in creating your simple money bouquet. Here are a few you might want to consider:
Candy Money Bouquet
A candy money bouquet is a great option for kids.
The easiest way to make this simple money bouquet is to start with a traditional floral bouquet and then slide cake pops or lollipops in among the flowers.
Afterward, roll up some dollar bills and tape them so that they stay rolled up.
Place the bills throughout the bouquet wherever you need filler.
Another idea is to wrap the dollar bills around the sticks of the candy pops or lollipops, so that they look like real flower stems.
Origami Money Flower Bouquet
Consider creating an origami money flower bouquet.
NProkuda Origami has an excellent tutorial (see below) on this that is super easy to follow. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a set of beautiful origami flowers made out of money.
You can then give the flowers a stem using wooden skewers or pencils and arrange them into a bouquet.
I like to wrap the bouquet in tissue paper and add a ribbon, but you can place them in a vase or even just skip the tissue paper and tie the stems together with ribbon.
How Do You Make a Homemade Money Tree
While a money tree is a real plant, you can also create a homemade money tree using dollar bills.
I love this design by Lalubanamarta. It uses peony seeds and pyrite stones and is quite attractive.
You can easily start with your own base and then fan out the dollar bills like you see here in the picture. Add a decorative piece in the center of each fan and you’re good to go!
Buy Money Bouquet
There’s also the option to buy a money bouquet if you don’t feel that you have the time needed to create your own.
I’ve found the best money bouquet with roses, as well as simple money bouquet pieces are on Etsy. Check out these money bouquet images – simply gorgeous!
1. This money bouquet with roses is both simple and elegant and looks great on top of a gift.
2. Go with this money bouquet for graduation gifts. Love the butterflies and the “Congrats Grad” topper.
3. I hadn’t even thought about a simple money bouquet for a baby shower, but this option is adorable!
4. If you’re looking for make money bouquet flowers that works for all occasions, this is my favorite pick! I love how the money is wrapped around each flower.
5. How to make a money bouquet? Grab this bouquet with gift box and add your own bills. Super Simple!
How to Make a Money Bouquet Conclusion
When it comes to creating a money bouquet, you can go simple or complex. There are so many options.
I prefer to start with a small bouquet of flowers and then add my money flowers and other decorations, but you can certainly create the entire bouquet out of money by making your own origami flowers.
The important thing is that you keep the individual you are making the money floral arrangement for in mind during the creation process.
Consider what colors and decorations the person may enjoy.
There’s also no right or wrong amount of money to use in your money bouquet. I give children less than adults, but I also gift more for graduations and weddings than birthdays.
Have you created a money bouquet for someone special? If so, share your tips with us below!