Money Cross

Money Cross

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This Money Cross was created by Mark Robert Morden. It is a clever design: although the model looks like it needs two dollar bills to make the cross-bars, it actually uses only one dollar bill. You begin by folding the dollar bill into thirds.






Money Cross Instructions


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Step 1:

Start with a crisp dollar bill. Fold it into thirds horizontally. Unfold.


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Step 2:

Fold the bill in half (left to right).


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Step 3:

Fold up the bottom-left corner of the model so it becomes a small triangle. The top of the triangle should align with the lower crease made in step 1.


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Step 4:

Fold in the left side of the model. The folded section should be the same width as the small triangle made in step 3.


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Turn the model over.


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Step 5:

Working with the top-layer of paper, fold the left side of the model towards the right. Use the flap made in step 4 as a guide to measure where to make the fold.

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Rotate quarter turn counter-clockwise.

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Step 6:

Fold the top-left side of the dollar bill towards the right. Use the crease made in step 1 as a guide.

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In transition.

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Make a squash fold to flatten down the paper.


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Step 7:

Fold the raw edge towards the left as shown (fold in half).


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Step 8:

Repeat on the right side: fold in the top-right section.


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Make a squash fold to flatted the paper.

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Step 9:

Pinch both raw edges together and fold them towards the right. Fold over twice to lock the layers together.


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This is after one fold. Next photo shows how it looks after 2 folds.


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Step 10:

There is a flap of paper near the middle of the model. Fold up this flap (fold in half).


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Step 11:

Lift this flap a little and release the trapped paper that is underneath.


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Step 12:

Position the released paper so it overlaps the layers under it.


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Rotate half turn.


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Step 13:

Repeat steps 6 to 9 on this half of the Money Cross. First, fold in the top-left section of the model. Remember to make a squash fold to flatten the paper.


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Step 14:

Fold back the raw edge.


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Step 15:

Fold in the top-right section of the dollar bill.


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Step 16:

Pinch the two edges together, fold over twice to lock the layers together.


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Step 17:

The dollar bill Money Cross is almost done: fold over the central flap twice to lock everything in place.


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This is how the Money Cross looks after one fold.


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Appearance after two folds.


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Step 18:

Turn over and rotate.
Money Cross is done!

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