Follow this folding guide to make a dollar bill origami elephant.
This is one of the coolest money origami animals to make.
It is not the easiest design to fold, but it is a fun challenge.
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How to Fold a Dollar Bill Into an Elephant
Start with the backside of a fresh dollar bill.
STEP 1: Fold the bill from top to bottom lengthwise
Make a crease when folded, and then unfold the bill.
STEP 2: Fold both top corners to the middle crease making a point
Take two of the corners on one side of the bill and fold them to the newly formed crease.
Flatten the folds and rub the edges well.
STEP 3: Fold the top corners to the middle crease again
Repeat the process of folding the corners using the newly made corners.
Fold both corners to meet nice and flat at the same center line.
STEP 4: Fold the tip down to meet the bottom of the bill
Simply fold the point to the flat edge of the other side of the bill.
STEP 5: Make a fold on the border of the green on the bottom border of the bill
Fold the white part to the other side of the bill, then flip the bill over.
STEP 6: Fold the right edge to the left one and crease the top right corner
Once you crease the top right corner, you can unfold it.
You can use the crease line you just made to make the next fold.
STEP 7: Fold the right edge to the small crease you just made
Fully fold to the line you made in the last step and crease it.
STEP 8: Fold the left outer edge to the previous fold edge
When you fold left to middle, let the point fold out on top.
STEP 9: Fold both middle edges to the outside edges of the bill
After you make these folds and crease it, flip the whole bill over.
STEP 10: Fold all four top layer corner tips
They don’t have to be perfect but try to make them as straight as possible.
STEP 11: Make the elephant legs with squash folds
Pull the top layer of the edges in and use your finger or pen to open up the little points.
Then squash fold the points down, making them flat.
Do this on both sides and then it should look something like this next picture.
Flip it over to the other side when these folds are complete.
STEP 12: Fold the left point all the way over the top of the bill and flat
The fold edge will be made on the left side of the middle face.
STEP 13: Now fold it back to where it bends on this line
You want it to fold pretty close to the center of George Washington’s head.
After you crease the fold, you can flip the bill completely over.
STEP 14: Fold the elephant halves to meet each other
Fold the bill directly in half as evenly as you can.
STEP 15: Make the first elephant trunk bends
You can follow lines to first bend the elephant trunk diagonally down behind the front leg.
Next, you bend it back so that the top triangular edges of the trunk meet.
STEP 16: Make the elephant ears
Look from underneath and pull the ears out to fold them even.
Here you pull the trunk straight out, and then as you fold the ears, push the trunk inward.
STEP 17: Bend the elephant trunk two more times
You can follow the lines to make two more trunk bends.
The first one takes the tip of the trunk to meet the belly of the elephant.
You can squeeze somewhere on the left edge for the second bend and bend it back over your thumb.
STEP 18: Press the whole trunk underneath and then back up to form the face
You can push the whole trunk evenly underneath the body.
Then squeeze the top of the head while you push the trunk back out.
Then curve the tip of the trunk a little if you want.
STEP 19: Make the elephant’s tail
Fold a point out between the back legs and fold it flat to make the tail.
STEP 20: Put the finishing touches on the elephant ears
Bend the bottom ear tip over to meet the front of the leg.
You can then turn it inside out to tuck it under the ear.
This tucks the point in under the ear to give it a better shape.
You can do this on both sides according to your preferences.
Now take a look at your sweet new money origami elephant!
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