Money 2.50 Pyramid

Money 2.50 Pyramid

money two fifty pyramid
This origami $2.50 Pyramid is so called because it was originally made with one $2 bill and one 50¢ coin. Together that makes $2.50. The hardest part may be finding a clean, crisp $2 bill. Sometimes banks will carry freshly minted money in late December.

This model was designed by Denny North and you can see his video here.



Instructions for Origami $2.50 Pyramid

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Step 1:

Fold the dollar bill in half lengthwise. Unfold.

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Step 2:

Fold the dollar bill in half (top to bottom).

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Step 3:

Using the crease made in step 1, fold down the top corners so they meet in the middle.

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Unfold.
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Step 4:

Make an inside reverse fold: lift up the top-layer of the right-side of the dollar bill.

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Push down the top-corner.
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Press down flat completely.

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Swivel the flap back to the right side.
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Step 5:

Repeat the inside reverse fold on the left-side of the model.

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Step 6:

Swivel the top-right layer towards the left once more.

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Step 7:

Fold down the top corners towards the center so you form a steep pyramid shape.

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Step 8:

Swivel one layer back towards the right side of the model.

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Step 9:

Repeat on the left side of the model: fold the top-left layer towards the right.

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Step 10:

Fold down the top corners to get a steep pyramid shape.

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Step 11:

Swivel the flap back to the left side.

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Step 12:

Fold up the top-layer of the model. Make the fold as high as it can go without tearing the dollar bill. The layers underneath will dictate how far up you can fold.

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Step 13:

Mountain fold the bottom layer.

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Step 14:

Fold in the bottom edges of the model towards the center as shown.

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Step 15:

Turn the model over.

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Step 16:

Repeat step 14 on this side of the model: fold in the bottom edges towards the center.

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Step 17:

Rotate the model so it stands upright.

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Step 18:

Pull the flaps away from one another.

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Step 19:

Pinch the folds made in step 14 & 16 so they don’t unravel. Pull the flaps apart as far as they can go.

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Step 20:

This is how the model will look like. Note that the center section points upwards like a pyramid. Turn the model over.

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Step 21:

Fold up the bottom flap. Make the fold at the junction where the model begins to get thick due to the layers.

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Step 22:

Fold down the top flap. Try to make the folds so the top and bottom sections are the same size.

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Step 23:

Slide in a half-dollar coin.

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Step 24:

Fold the side flaps over the coin and tuck it under the pyramid.

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Step 25:

Try to make the sides the same size so the base is square with parallel and perpendicular edges.

money two fifty pyramidDone!

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Left: $2.50 Pyramid if you started with the green-side of the dollar bill facing up.
Right: $2.50 Pyramid if you started with the black-side of the dollar bill facing up.