Money Origami: 10 Flowers to Fold Using a Dollar Bill

Paper money will soon become worthless, with all the latest technology advances in digital wallets, so why not use that left over green paper making Origami money flowers? Dollar bills can be quite useful when it comes to bar tricks, and you can use one to crack open a cold one or even roll a cigarette. If you want to do something more artsy, there’s always monigami.
Since the 17th century Origami has been around, but the art of folding money, (monigami) is relatively new. The following ten different types of origami flowers will only cost you a few bucks to create your tiny box or shirt and tie using these folding techniques and tips…

The Plumeria Flower

In Asian folklore, the plumeria is believed to house ghosts and demons, and in Malaysia it’s associated with vampires. It also happens to be one of the simplest flowers to fold since it only requires one bill..

The Lotus Flower

The lotus flower, also known as nelumbo nucifera, is a symbol of purity in many cultures. In Asian religions, deities are often seated on the flowers in works of art. The lotus is also one of the more popular origami creations due to both its shape and cultural significance.

Take a look at this tutorial to make one of your own.

The Kusudama Flower

The Kusudama is actually the name for a type of Japanese paper model, which is a large sphere made of individual folded flowers. It’s another very popular origami project due to the fact that it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.

Kusudama flowers usually have five or six petals, so you’ll need at least five bills. You can find a complete guide with more photos and detailed instructions from Dana Hinders here.

The Four Leaf Clover

St. Paddy’s Day may have already passed this year, but the luck of the Irish is always around and it’s all about the four-leaf clover.

This one requires two bills, plus one more if you want to add a stem. Check out the folding guide to learn how to fold your own luck from a couple bucks.

The Three Dollar Flower

In this project, each dollar makes two of the petals. Obviously, you’ll need three bills for this one.

To watch a video and get PDF instructions from Make on how to make your own three-buck bloom, check out the tutorial.

The Rose

The rose is the queen of all flowers, and is almost synonymous with romance and love. What better way to show you care than with a bouquet of roses made out of money?

There are several different methods for creating origami roses. This one uses two bills and a paperclip to hold them together.

For this one, you’ll need five bills. No paperclip is required, but a piece of wire is used for the stem and a few dabs of water are suggested to help the folds stay in place.

If you prefer to see the process step by step, you can find a detailed written tutorial by Kylyssa Shay here.

The 6 and 8 Petal Flower Variations

If you’ve got a lot of time to kill, this one’s for you. This video shows how to make a popular flower design by paper crafter Stephen Hecht. It’s over an hour long and is excruciatingly detailed, but only uses a single dollar bill.

If you’re more of a diagram kind of person, here’s a PDF with instructions and pictures.

Money Lei

Who doesn’t want to get lei’d? This Hawiian money lei would make for an awesome graduation gift or some enviable island attire.

It’s up to you how many bills you use, and it’s easiest if you start with a lei or some floral garland (like a Kukui nut necklace). If you can’t find one, you could easily use a regular piece of ribbon or string and add some fake flowers to dress it up a little. Check out the full guide here.

The Modular Flower

If you prefer a more geometric design, this modular flower is perfect. You can either use three or four bills, depending on how many petals you want.

Check out the tutorial by Instructables user cedison to see the process step by step.

The Money Boquet

“The more the merrier.” The old saying goes for pretty much anything in life, so why not origami money flowers?

These are super simple to make, and you can add some extra color by using different bills if you want. Of course, you’ll also need a container, some sticks, and tape to attach the flowers. Check out the tutorial over on Seven Thirty Three to learn how to fold them.

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Photos by ShizhaoDrunk-FuMichelle LuntLisa Shea

Original article courtesy of WonderHowTo Origami

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