Money Ornament

Money Ornament

dollar bill origami money ornament
This Money Ornament ($ Ornament) is made with two one-dollar bills. It is an easy model which can be used as a decoration or as a toy.

As a decoration, you will need a clever way to attach a thread to the ornament. Do not puncture a hole with needle & thread because it is illegal to deface a US money.

As a toy, hold the apex of the model in between your thumb and forefinger. Gently blow at the model and it will spin. A similar model was created by A Pidel called Spinner and AJ Moreno called Flying Color Mixer.



Instructions for Money Ornament

dollar bill origami money ornament

Step 1:

Start with a crisp dollar bill with the black-side facing up.
Fold in half lengthwise (top to bottom).

dollar bill origami money ornament

Step 2:

Fold and unfold the dollar bill in half crosswise.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Step 3:

Fold down the left-side and right-side of the dollar bill so the top-edges meet at the center crease made above.

dollar bill origami money ornament

Step 4:

Unfold

dollar bill origami money ornament

Step 5:

Perform a Reverse Fold.
First, lift up the top layer of the paper.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Next, fold the right side of the dollar bill towards the left.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Use the existing creases as a guide. Some of the creases will need to switch from mountain fold to valley folds.

dollar bill origami money ornament

When the creases are in place, squash down flat.

dollar bill origami money ornament

Step 6:

Repeat the Reverse Fold on the back side of the model.

dollar bill origami money ornament

Step 7:

Like turning the pages of a book, turn the top-left layer to the right.
At the back of the model, turn one layer of paper from right to left.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Step 8:

Fold up the bottom-left side of the model.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Step 9:

Repeat on the right side: fold up the bottom-right side of the model.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Turn the model over and work on the back side.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Step 10:

Fold up the bottom-left side of the model.

dollar bill origami money ornament
Step 11:

Repeat one last time: fold up the bottom-right side of the model.

dollar bill origami money ornament
This “unit” is pretty much done.
There should be 4 sections or “flaps”. Fold the flaps back and forth a little to re-enforce the creases.
Arrange the flaps so the model becomes 3D with the 4 flaps extending away from each other like the letter X.
Take another dollar bill and make a second unit like this one.

dollar bill origami money ornament

Notice that each unit has two “tabs” and two “pockets”. The tabs of one unit will be inserted into the pocket of another unit.

Assemble

dollar bill origami money ornament

Step 12:

Place two units side by side so the pockets and tabs point towards each other. Orient the units so the tabs of one unit faces the pocket of the second unit. Slide one into the other.

dollar bill origami money ornament
As you slide the two units together, rotate the model and check the position of the other tabs and pockets. Make sure that all the tabs are sliding under a pocket. There should be 4 tab/pocket pairs.

dollar bill origami money ornament
This is how it looks like when the two units are assembled.
dollar bill origami money ornament
dollar bill origami money ornament
dollar bill origami money ornament
Three views of the Money Ornament.

dollar bill origami money ornament

The money ornament will look like the one on the right if you had started with the green-side of the dollar bill facing up.