Money Mortarboard

Money Mortarboard

origami money mortarboard
When May and June is upon us, everyone is looking for instructions to make a graduation mortarboard and diploma. Shown below is a great way to make a dollar bill origami mortarboard or graduation cap.

This dollar bill origami model was designed by Jon Tucker and you can find the original diagrams on his flickr page here and here. The photo instructions are slightly modified.

Instructions for Money Mortarboard

origami money mortarboardStep 1:
Place the dollar bill so it is green side up if you want the green side to be visible at the top of the cap. Fold the dollar bill in half left to right. Unfold.

origami money mortarboard
Step 2:
Turn the dollar bill over so it is black side up.

origami money mortarboardStep 3:
You will make a “diamond” shape in the middle of the dollar bill: this will be the top of the cap. On the left side, fold the bottom-edge of the bill to the center crease made in step 1.

origami money mortarboard

Unfold.

origami money mortarboard
Step 4:
Fold the top-edge of the bill so it meets with the center crease made in step 1.

origami money mortarboard


Unfold.

origami money mortarboardStep 5:
Repeat these steps on the right side of the dollar bill.

origami money mortarboardStep 6:
When done, you should see a “diamond” in the center of the bill surrounding the president’s portrait. Fold the dollar bill in half lengthwise (top to bottom). Unfold.

origami money mortarboardStep 7:
Collapse the dollar bill along the creases shown. This means to refold only the creases shown. See next few steps.

origami money mortarboard

In progress. Fold along the indicated creases.

origami money mortarboard

Side view.

origami money mortarboardIn progress. Press down flat.

origami money mortarboard
Step 8: We will work on the left side first. Fold the left-flap down at a 45 degree angle.
origami money mortarboard Unfold.

origami money mortarboard
Step 9: Fold the left-flap down.
origami money mortarboardStep 10: Fold the left-flap up at a 45 degree angle.

origami money mortarboard
Unfold.
origami money mortarboardStep 11: Make a squash fold. First, lift up the left-flap so it is pointing up towards the sky.

origami money mortarboard
Pry open the layers and press down so the dollar bill squashes open along the creases made in steps 8 and 10.
origami money mortarboardSquash fold in progress.

origami money mortarboardStep 12: Fold the top flap of the triangle downwards.

origami money mortarboard
Step 13: Fold the flap up so the edge meets the horizontal edge of the dollar bill (connect the green dots).
origami money mortarboardStep 14: Fold this section of the dollar bill back up.

origami money mortarboard
Step 15: Fold up the bottom flap of the triangle.
origami money mortarboardStep 16: Fold this part of the dollar bill down so the edge of the triangle meets with the horizontal section of the model (connect green dots).

origami money mortarboard
Step 17: Fold this section of the model back down.
origami money mortarboardStep 18: Fold the entire left-half of the model back and behind the right-half.

origami money mortarboard
This is how it should look. Repeat steps Step 8 to 17 on the right side of the dollar bill.
origami money mortarboardStep 19: Make a squash fold. Not all steps are shown.

origami money mortarboardStep 20: We will make a “lock”. Fold behind (mountain fold) half of the white border that surrounds the dollar bill.

origami money mortarboard
Unfold.
origami money mortarboard
Step 21: Repeat steps 13 to 15. Steps not shown.
origami money mortarboardStep 22: Repeat steps 16 to 17. Steps not shown.

origami money mortarboardThis is how it should look like. At this point, all the folding is done. Next, you will mold the model so it looks like a graduation cap.

origami money mortarboard
Step 23: Lightly or loosely fold the left side of the model to the right corner of the model (connect the green dots).
origami money mortarboard Mold and tweak the model so the flap is rounded like half a circle.

origami money mortarboard
Step 24: Turn the model over and work on the left side of the graduation cap. Fold the right side towards the left. Connect the green dots, but notice that the green dot is not quite at the corner of the model. This is important as it will make this half of the circle a little shorter (important for final locking step).
origami money mortarboardThis is how it looks like. Slide the right-side over the left-side. The right side should be a little taller.

origami money mortarboard
Step 25: Fold the locking edge on the right side (made in step 20) over the left side so it locks the two halves together.

origami money mortarboardSide view of:
– step 23 (right half done),
– step 24 (left and right halves done), and
– step 26 finished money mortarboard (two halves locked together).

origami money mortarboard
Start with green-side facing up in step 1 to get this design.

Start with black-side facing up in step 1 if you want this design.

Make an Origami Diploma to accompany your Mortarboard

origami money mortarboard


origami money diploma
Step 1: Start by folding the short edge of the dollar bill tightly.

origami money diploma
Step 2: Continue to roll the bill into a tight tube.

origami money diploma
Step 3: Keep rolling.

origami money diploma
Step 4: Fold down the white border and keep rolling the dollar bill.

origami money diploma
Step 5: Secure rolled dollar bill with a ribbon.

origami money mortarboard