Fold a Dollar Bill Into an Impossibly Small Rectangle!

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Introduction: Fold a Dollar Bill Into an Impossibly Small Rectangle!

This is great for including in birthday cards as it is not only a gift but a puzzle as well!

Step 1: Use the Newest Bill You Can Find.

Using a $5 or $10 bill is best, because the design on the reverse helps to hide where the crease is, and makes it much harder to figure out how to open it. This will work with any bill, but a newer one will make nice sharp creases.

Step 2: Fold One Corner Over.

It is important to line up the edges exactly so that the corner comes to a point (unfortunately, off the edge of the picture here).

Step 3: Fold the Other Corner Over the Same Way.

This should give you a big X crease.

Step 4: Tuck in the Edges and Flatten.

Again, keep your creases sharp.

Step 5: Do the Same on the Other Side.

It should be symmetrical.

Step 6: Fold in the Ends of One Triangle.

The points should meet in the center and just touch.

Step 7: Fold the Top Point Down So It Touches the Other Two.

Do the same on the other side.

Step 8: Turn the Bill Over and Fold in the Edges.

Note that this is the long edge that does not have the three points on it -- it is the side edge.

Step 9: Do the Same With the Other Edge.

Straight edge, good crease.

Step 10: Turn the Bill Over Again.

Everything should be nicely flat.

Step 11: Fold in the Three-point End to the Center.

Should look like this.

Step 12: Here's the Secret Step!

Fold in the other edge, and tuck one corner into the triangle on the other one.

Step 13: Tuck in the Remaining Corner.

It will take some slight fiddling, but be careful not to rip or crease the bill any more.

Step 14: Flatten It Completely.

It should be almost undetectable as to how to get this apart without tearing it!

Suggestion: Don't do this on a regular basis with your own money -- it makes it a lot easier to lose!

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23 Comments

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WorkaholicMeg
WorkaholicMeg

5 years ago

Great steps, easy to follow.

Tried it with Canadian polymer bill. Good news: It doesn't rip. Bad news: our bills are not as skinny as US ones so you can't tuck the sides at the last step.

(And polymer bills hold their folds after you're done. They will NEVER lay flat again.)

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Garbagehair
Garbagehair

Reply 11 months ago

I managed to get the bill folded all the way, making it a bit smaller than a US bill folded up in the end.

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mattbenai
mattbenai

6 years ago

After the last step if you want to make it even smaller then just fold it in half and tuck one half into the other. I only just managed to do that but it put terrible strain on the bill & it tore it a little, so I would suggest not doing that if you ever wanted to use the money again.

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EtCetera112
EtCetera112

10 years ago on Step 14

on step 7 u can put in up to 2 dimes if u r careful........
makes great money hide.

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jonS90
jonS90

10 years ago on Introduction

This is great. I can't believe how tiny it is! I will enjoy doing this to my friends' money.

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undeadman76
undeadman76

12 years ago on Introduction

i have to say good instructable,but u oweme 1 dollar. u didnt say that people might rip it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ssslouter
Ssslouter

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

In the US, any bill is valid if you have more than 51% of it. go to any bank and they will exchange it

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monsoon0203
monsoon0203

12 years ago on Introduction

WOW that's small. i couldn't get the second edge in though because i was afraid of ripping the bill. i think i'll try it again. great instructable!

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undeadman76
undeadman76

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

i folded the tip over then tucked it in. and i also agree about wat u said

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jjewels119
jjewels119

13 years ago on Introduction

This just ruined my day! I am new to this site and I was thinking about unique things I can do and post. Well, this was my idea and its already here. :'( I would use this to bet people with. "I'll bet you a dollar that you can't open this without ripping it in a minute" Ah, I made lots of money that way.

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stuffmaker
stuffmaker

13 years ago on Step 14

harder to do with Australian (plastic) money, but harder to rip too!

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implaxis
implaxis

Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

If you try to match up your bill with the picture (using a $10 bill) it should be easier to figure out. You actually fold in both ends, folding the three triangles under.

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timmy1234s
timmy1234s

13 years ago on Introduction

how do you do step 11, its really hard and i dont get it. Please Help

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Belcher1035
Belcher1035

13 years ago on Introduction

Do it with a $1 bill with the bill flipped over (Washington's face would be on the back in step 5). When you're done, his eyes are peeking through the two strips on he back. It's pretty sweet/creepy.

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aklesh3
aklesh3

13 years ago on Introduction

could you add another photo with the bill next to something, like a quarter to show the size?

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implaxis
implaxis

Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

Ah, but that's half the fun in making it!