Money Twist Tie Butterfly

Money Twist Tie Butterfly


money origami butterfly
This origami dollar bill butterfly is called a Money Twist Tie Butterfly because it requires something to tie the two pieces together: something like a twist tie or floral wire. The design was inspired by the photo on this flickr site but it is probably a traditional model. It uses two $1 bills and a twist tie.

A twist tie is a thin metal covered with paper or plastic. It is flexible and is often used to keep bags closed. You can also use a pipe cleaner or an elastic band. Anything flexible and can fasten things together would work.



Instructions for Money Twist Tie Butterfly

PART 1: bottom wings of butterfly

money origami butterfly
Step 1:

Start with a crisp dollar bill with the black-side facing up.
Fold & unfold the dollar bill in half.
Fold & unfold each section to divide the dollar bill into quarters.

money origami butterfly
Step 2:

Fold & unfold the sections so the dollar bill is divided into eighths.

money origami butterfly
Step 3:

Fold & unfold each section so the dollar bill is divided into 16ths.

money origami butterfly
Step 4:

Turn over the dollar bill.

money origami butterfly
Step 5:

Fold & unfold each section in half so the dollar bill is divided into 32 sections.

money origami butterfly
Step 6:

Compress the dollar bill so it collapses along the creases made above.

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Set aside and work on the other dollar bill.

PART 2: top wings of butterfly

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Step 7:

Start with a crisp dollar bill with the green-side facing up.
Fold up the bottom-left and bottom-right corners of the dollar bill.

money origami butterfly

Step 8:

Fold & unfold the model in half.
Fold & unfold the two sections in half to divide the dollar bill into quarters.
Turn the model over.

money origami butterfly

Step 9:

Fold & unfold each section in half so the dollar bill is divided into 8ths.

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Step 10:

Compress the dollar bill so it collapses along the creases made above.

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Step 11:

Place the two bills one above the other.

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Step 12:

Use a twist tie or a similar device to fasten the two dollar bills together.
Be careful to align the components so the butterfly is symmetrical.

money origami butterfly

Step 13:

Cut the twist tie to even lengths. Twirl the ends of the twist tie. Flare open the wings. Money Twist Tie Butterfly is done!

money origami butterfly

The lower butterfly shows the green-side of the dollar bills. This can be achieved by flipping the dollar bills over at the start:
– green-side facing up for upper wings, and
– black-side facing up for lower wings.