Author: Ethan

26 Easy Money Origami Guides With Directions

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Money Origami is the art of folding dollars into various shapes and designs.

Besides just doing it for fun, there are other great reasons to get into dollar bill origami.

Everyone knows money is the best gift, but receiving it in a cool design can show you care just a little more. This style of origami is great for those looking to gift money more creatively.

You could fold an animal for an animal lover, make a heart for a loved one, or even make a Christmas star for a stocking stuffer! You can also make a waiter or waitresses' day by folding their tips into an awesome design.

Now that you know why we fold money, let's look at tips and tools that will help get you started!

Money Origami Animals

Dollar Bill Origami Fish

origami dollar fish

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI FISH

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 2-3 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This money fish design is a great starter for beginners as it is only 6 easy folds. This one is simple enough to learn and show off in just a few minutes.

Dollar Bill Origami Elephant

origami money elephant

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI ELEPHANT

DIFFICULTY RATING: HARD

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 20-30 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This elephant is a design for those that have little experience with origami but is worth the effort. Once you feel up to it, this one is fun to try.

Dollar Bill Origami Cat

origami money cat

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI CAT

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY - INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This dollar cat is doable for beginners but has its challenges. This would make a thoughtful gift for that cat lover in your life.

Dollar Bill Origami Dog

origami money dog

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI DOG

DIFFICULTY RATING: HARD

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 30+ MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This is a more complex design that will test your patience, but man, does it look cool! This is a 23-step guide that is not recommended for beginners but will look pretty sweet when you are ready for a challenge.

Dollar Bill Origami Frog

origami money frog

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI FROG

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY-INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This is a relatively easy 14 step fold design that will result in a working jumping frog. This would make a great gift for a young animal lover!

Dollar Bill Origami Butterfly

origami money butterfly

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY

DIFFICULTY RATING: INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10-15 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This butterfly is an intermediate-level fold that has been put into a 12 step guide. You can always try it and make it your own, remember it doesn't have to be perfect!

Money Origami Clothing

Dollar Bill Origami Shirt

origami money shirt

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI SHIRT

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10 Minutes

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

The dollar bill shirt is a classic fold that only has a few tough folds. This one is fun because it looks great and can be folded quickly with some practice.

Dollar Bill Origami Shirt and Tie

origami money shirt and tie

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI SHIRT AND TIE

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY-INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10-15 Minutes

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

The dollar bill shirt and tie is slightly more difficult than the original shirt that requires somewhere between beginner and intermediate skill. We prefer the fat tie, but we will also show you how to make it skinny in the guide.

Dollar Bill Origami Pants

origami money pants

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THESE MONEY ORIGAMI PANTS

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5-8 Minutes

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

A pretty easy fold, these pants were made for walking! This would make a great gift with the dollar bill shirt above to that sharp-dressed person you know.

Dollar Bill Origami Dress

origami money dress

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI DRESS

DIFFICULTY RATING: INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10-15 Minutes

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

A challenging but beautiful design, this dress would be a unique present for a special girl in your life.

Dollar Bill Origami Bow Tie

origami money bow tie

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI BOW TIE

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This sweet bow tie has a few challenging folds but is mostly easy. Throw some rubber bands on this baby and wear it!

Dollar Bill Origami Hat

origami money hat

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI BOW HAT

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 2-3 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This is the traditional origami hat design that you may have seen before but with now made with a dollar! This super simple design is easy to learn and make quickly.

Money Origami Weapons

Dollar Bill Origami Sword

origami money sword

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI SWORD

DIFFICULTY RATING: INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10-15 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This sword barely makes the intermediate category of difficulty. With a few tries, most people should be able to get a decent-looking sword. Slip this bad boy in a birthday card for that rambunctious boy you know!

Dollar Bill Origami Ninja Star

origami money ninja star

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI NINJA STAR

 

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 2

This ninja star is an easy fold that requires two one-dollar bills. You can fold this one pretty quickly. Just watch those corners; they're sharp!

Money Origami Flowers

Dollar Bill Origami Modular Flower

origami money flower modular

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI FLOWER

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10-15 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 3

The dollar bill flower is pretty simple and easy but will require a twist tie or rubber band. It is made from three one-dollar bills, all folded the same way, that are tied together.

Dollar Bill Origami Rose

origami money rose

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI ROSE

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY-INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 15-20 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 4

The dollar bill rose makes for a sweet gift for that special someone. You can use bigger bills to gift more money or keep it simple with 4 ones. The folding is easy on this one but the shaping and assembly offer a little challenge.

Dollar Bill Origami Tulip

origami money tulipLEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI TULIP

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY-INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 15-20 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 4

The dollar bill rose makes for a sweet gift for that special someone. You can use bigger bills to gift more money or keep it simple with 4 ones. The folding is easy on this one but the shaping and assembly offer a little challenge.

Other Money Origami Designs

Dollar Bill Origami Guitar

origami money guitar

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI GUITAR

DIFFICULTY RATING: HARD

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 30+ MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

The dollar bill guitar is one of the most complicated designs we have to fold. That being said, why not challenge yourself and make one with your own style?

Dollar Bill Origami Pyramid

origami money pyramid

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI PYRAMID

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5-8 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This dollar pyramid design is foldable, squashable easily stored in a wallet or purse. You can leave it as a tip to show your appreciation, and maybe even leave a few more dollars underneath?

Dollar Bill Origami Ring

origami money ringLEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI RING

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5-10 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This ring is pretty simple to fold and is actually pretty cool looking. How can you flex harder than wearing actual money as an accessory?

Dollar Bill Origami Heart

origami money heart

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI HEART

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 3-5 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

A super easy fold to learn, this heart can be folded in just 6 steps. Whether it's Valentine's day or any day, this would make a great surprise for a loved one.

Dollar Bill Origami Box

origami money box

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI BOX

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10-15 Minutes

BILLS REQUIRED: 2

The dollar bill box is a pretty easy beginner fold. You could hide a gift inside and wrap in it a bow for a memorable and fun gift idea.

Dollar Bill Origami House

origami money house

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI HOUSE

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 3-5 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

The house design is not too hard for beginners. This would make a creative housewarming gift, but maybe in a bigger bill if you're not too cheap.

Dollar Bill Origami Cross

origami money cross

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI CROSS

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This cross is a relatively easy fold that would be a great gift for a religious friend or just to let somebody know you care.

Dollar Bill Origami Star

origami money star

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI STAR

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY-INTERMEDIATE

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 10-15 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 5-6

This is a modular star that is easier to make than it looks as you make one point then just copy the process. This can be made to have 5 or 6 points depending on your preference.

Dollar Bill Origami Sailboat

origami money sailboat

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI SAILBOAT

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5 -10 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This sailboat is a simple and fun little fold that will provide you with a creative gift or tip for someone.

Dollar Bill Origami Tree

origami money tree

LEARN HOW TO FOLD THIS MONEY ORIGAMI TREE

DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY

ESTIMATED TIME TO FOLD: 5 -10 MINUTES

BILLS REQUIRED: 1

This tree is an easy beginner fold that could be quickly transformed into a Christmas tree with a few stickers.

Money Origami Folding Tips

1. Find a good folding guide

The basic way to get started in money origami is to find a good guide, like the ones below, to show you exactly how to make each fold on the bill.

There are many easy designs that beginners can learn in just a few minutes.

Once you get the hang of the really simple folds, you can move on to some more challenging designs.

Our guides have step-by-step instructions with pictures that will help you along the way.

2. Practice with fake money

The one real downside to folding money origami is that you may not want to spend the dollars you folded when creating something beautiful.

This means it can get a little spendy, especially if you are practicing challenging designs or folding with more expensive bills.

The good news is you can get fake dollar bills to practice with that are the same size as real ones.

You can also use paper if you cut them to U.S. dollar dimensions, which are 156.1mm x 66.3mm or 2.61 inches x 6.14 inches.

Plus, real money is dirty, so why touch it more than you have to?

3. Use some folding tools

There are a few tools that can make your folding experience a bit easier.

A pen or mechanical pencil can come in handy when dealing with folding little pockets or corners.

Sometimes your finger is just too big to fit, and you'll need something smaller to open a pesky pocket or to hold part of the bill down.

A pair of tweezers can also help in this regard but will come in extra handy when making small folds or shaping.

Last but not least, a ruler can aid those who are looking for extreme precision in their folds.

Now that you have some essential tips check out our awesome collection of money origami guides!

Is Folding Money Illegal?

Some may wonder about the legality of folding money as there are laws concerning what you can physically do to money.

Folding money is not illegal as long as you don't perforate, cut, cement, or mutilate it. This is all according to Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code.

So basically, if you don't put holes in it, cut it, or destroy it, there is no problem with folding money. If it were illegal to fold money, we would be in trouble for just putting it in our wallets!

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Happy Folding!

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