Fold a money origami butterfly step-by-step from a dollar bill with this guide.
This could make a great gift for a friend or be used as a creative way to give tips.
These instructions might be a little difficult for beginners, but it’s a fun challenge!
Let’s get started!
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We will start folding the dollar origami butterfly on the front side of a straight one-dollar bill.
STEP 1: Fold the bill in half from left to right
After folding, make sure to crease the bill well and then flip over to the pyramid side.
STEP 2: On the back left, fold diagonally up to the top right
Fold the bottom left corner to the top right above the “S” in “STATES.”
Crease the bill and then flip the bill over.
STEP 3: Flip over and match the fold on the other side
Make a mirror fold on this other side from bottom right to above the other “S” in “STATES.”
STEP 4: Fold the flap over to crease on both sides
Fold over the leftover rectangular flap and crease it on both sides.
Once you are done, unfold the bill and flip it to the front side.
STEP 5: Fold the two middle creases to the center
Fold the middle creases you just made to the center crease as shown.
STEP 6: Fold the bill in half twice and crease
Fold the bill in half from left to right on the front and crease it.
Then on the back where the eagle is showing, you will fold it in half again.
STEP 7: Squash fold from left to right into a point
Start by pulling the left half over the center crease and then begin to open it.
Take your time squash folding it into a point like shown.
You can stick a pen or pencil underneath the pointed flap to help you get it all straight.
STEP 8: Flip over and mirror the last squash fold
Make a mirror squash fold to the last one on the other side.
STEP 9: Fold the wings to the lines and crease
Pull both the wings down and fold to the line shown.
They don’t have to be exact; just try to get them as even as possible.
STEP 10: Fold the bottom part of the wings down
Open the wings a little bit and just manipulate the middle inside part until it moves down.
STEP 11: Fold the upper wing creases to the lines
Push down on the middle of the wing a little bit and fold the top creases to the lines.
Again, they don’t have to be exactly as shown but rather just as even as possible.
STEP 12: Finish the Money butterfly with shaping
You can shape the wings to your liking and fold little antennas on the head.
On the wing corners, you can just do simple rounding folds as shown.
Starting where the wings are folded over in the mid-wing, you can grab and roll the edges over a bit.
Now you know how to make a butterfly out of a dollar bill!
- Practice folding, or designing your own money origami with the help of fake bills
- Double-sided and Actual Size - Choose from $1, $5, $20, $50, or $100 design
- Use this handy little origami tool to score, crease, smooth, or burnish paper, tissue, and cardboard.
- This 6-inch bone folder is made from durable genuine ox bone, not inferior plastic or wood.
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