Money Origami Butterfly Step by Step Guide

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Money Origami Butterfly Step by Step Guide

Introduction:

For this origami activity, we are going to make a 3D origami of a butterfly. It may look a bit complicated to do, but it is actually easy. You only need to know the basic folds to make this origami from a dollar bill.  A rectangular piece of paper will also do if you don’t have a dollar bill with you at the moment.

Step 1

Make the base of the origami money butterfly

How to make a Money Origami Butterfly - Step 01

Start with a crisp dollar bill and fold it lengthwise in half. Crease it well then unfold.

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Diagonally fold the dollar bill as illustrated in the top image.

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Do it on the right side first.

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Then, diagonally fold the left side as well. Take note that an end of each dashed line starts/ends at the crease line. Once folded, flip it to the other side.

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Tuck the top and bottom end inside inside the quadrangle.

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Fold the right part of the dollar bill to the left side.

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Rotate the origami clockwise.

Step 2

Shape the wings of the origami butterfly

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It should now look like the illustration above. Fold it in half.

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Once folded, unfold the previous fold made.

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Diagonally fold along the dashed line as illustrated above.

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Bring the top layer downwards along the dashed line. Make sure to fold the top layer ONLY.

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Fold the dollar butterfly along the dashed line as shown in the image above.

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Next, crease it well and then unfold.

Step 3

Define the dollar bill butterfly's wing to make it look more three-dimensional

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Mountain fold the right side of the butterfly origami.

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Crease it well, then unfold.

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It should now have creases like the illustration above. Next is to mountain fold the left side of the dollar bill origami. Crease it well and unfold.

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Fold the two top corners to the back. Fold it along the dashed line as illustrated in the image above.

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Make a valley fold on the top part of the butterfly’s wing. Crease it well and unfold. This will create a 3D effect on its wings.

How to make a Money Origami Butterfly - Final

Your dollar bill origami butterfly is done!

Extra Tips

  • Butterflies represent transformation and new beginnings. If you want to wish someone good luck on his/her new venture, then a butterfly shaped dollar can be a great gift to give!
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