A fantastic craft would be making a paper ninja star or shuriken using a dollar bill. You will only need two pieces of a dollar bill, and you can have a superb paper star that you can throw around.
Folding shurikens is common but it’s not often you get to see a dollar bill folded into a ninja star. So, if you want to give an awesome tip you could fold your bill into one.
It might be tricky to get it right if this is your first time making one. But we will do our best to make it short and simple. Have fun folding your ninja star!
Make Z's Out of the Bills
Get two dollar bills and find a nice flat surface where you could fold a ninja star. Make sure they are clean and crisp.
Fold the bills lengthwise. And fold them both in half by bringing the bottom edge to the top edge. And then unfold.
And then diagonally fold the bottom edge towards the outside. The diagonal should start from the middle crease line at a 45 degree angle. You would then have something like in the picture above.
Then do the same for the upper edge. But this time the edges should be facing each other like in the picture.
A good thing to know so that it would be easier to recall this step is to think of the letter 'z'. The fold, at this point, resembles it a bit.
Place a Dollar Bill on Top of each other
Then mountain fold the top and bottom parts of each dollar bill.
Rotate the left dollar bill clockwise.
Your next step is to place the RIGHT part on top of the other.
This is what your ninja star should look like right now. Good job.
Finish the Ninja Star
There should be 4 segments (A, B, C & D) that you need to insert into the “pockets” of the dollar bills. Insert the B segment (yellow triangle) first in one of the pockets. Follow the direction of the arrow to know where to insert it.
Next is to insert the D segment (yellow triangle) second in one of the pockets. Follow the direction of the arrow to know where to insert it.
Insert the top and bottom segments (yellow triangle) into the pockets of the dollar bill. Follow the directions of the arrow to know where to insert each segment. Start with the bottom one.
Then insert the top one.
The image above is what your paper ninja star should look like.
You have now finished creating a ninja star out of a dollar (or rectangular paper). For more cool dollar origamis, check out the articles below.
- For workability, consider ironing the bill first.
- Clean the money first before you start folding them.
- Make sure to really apply pressure when folding.