Make your own 6″ ruler using just a dollar bill when you’re in a pinch and need to take a quick measurement but you don’t have a ruler or tape measure. A dollar bill measures exactly 6.14″ x 2.61″, which means if you fold the dollar bill into 6 sections you can have pretty close 1 inch sections. Start by getting a crisp(or not) $1 bill.
Fold the Bill into Thirds
Make sure the fold is even then crease the fold.
Next, fold the right edge of the bill into the first crease.
Then make sure the fold is even and crease the fold.
The first set of folds are complete – success!
Fold the Bill into 1″ Sections
Just as before, make sure the fold is even and then crease the fold.
Repeat these steps on the left side. Start by folding the left edge into the left-most crease.
Make sure the fold is even and crease.
The final fold is to fold the bill exactly in half. As with the other folds, make sure it is even and crease tightly.
The dollar bill ruler is pretty cool, see our other tips and tricks on measuring without a tape measure or ruler. Just a note on accuracy. Since a dollar bill is 6.14″ and not 6″ exactly the marks will be off by a fraction of an inch each. This is useful for measurements that do not need to be ultra-precise, but I assume if you’re making a ruler out of a dollar bill then this is close enough! For improved accuracy, see our free printable rulers. It’s also worth considering picking up a tape measure, the Stanley Powerlock is a budget-friendly option and is practically an industry standard.