Folding Money: Origami With Bills

April 28, 2020

Categories: Education, Youth

Paper Shapers

We’ve put together three fun origami activities kids can do at home, along with a way to put each into a card for someone they love. Please check our Safari Club and Forward Bound newsletters for more fun crafts and games!

Green Jeans

Turn a bill into a pair of pants.
  1. Lay a bill flat.
  2. Fold it in half horizontally.
  3. Make a crease and unfold.
  4. Fold the top edge down to meet the crease.
  5. Fold the bottom edge up to meet the crease.
  6. Fold the bill in half horizontally again.
  7. Fold the bill in half at an angle so that one short end folds in toward the other.

Card Idea:
Cut a line into a piece of paper and tuck the pants into it. Draw a clothesline and other clothes.

Home is Where the Heart is

Make an origami heart from a dollar bill.
  1. Lay a dollar bill flat.
  2. Fold in half vertically. Crease and unfold.
  3. Fold up the bottom edge.
  4. Fold the bottom corners in toward the top. They should meet in the center and form a point at the bottom.
  5. Flip the bill over.
  6. Fold the center top pieces open like a shirt collar. Fold the outer corners in like triangles.
  7. Now fold the left and right points in.
  8. Flip the dollar open and give to someone you love!

Card Idea:
Cut a line into a piece of paper and tuck the heart into it. Then decorate and give to someone you love.

Fish Fold

Turn a bill into a fish.
  1. Fold the bill in half lengthwise, crease and unfold.
  2. Fold the corners from one end in toward the line to form two triangles.
  3. Turn the bill over.
  4. Fold along the middle line.
  5. Turn the bill over again and fold the square flap on the left in half to make a triangle.
  6. Then fold the other side in to the top of the triangle.
  7. Fold the top and bottom corners of the flat side in to form two triangles.
  8. Turn the bill over to see the fish!

Card Idea:
Cut a line into a piece of paper and tuck the fish into it. Draw water and a fishing reel.

Cynthia Kolko, The Summit Federal Credit Union

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