Introduction: Origami Dollar Flower

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Using three or four bills you can make a modular flower.

Step 1: Fold in Half

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Take bill and fold lengthwise.

Step 2: Corners

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Fold end corners down to meet the bottom edge. You are bisecting a 90 degree angle.

Step 3: 3

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Lift up the folded end and fold the side to match the crease line. You do the same to the other side. Bilateral symmetry applies.

Step 4: 4

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This is what it looks like after completion of step 3. If lazy stop and say you made a dollar bill bustier.

Step 5: 5

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Fold the tips that were sticking up in the last step back to match the front.

Step 6: 6.

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Fold in half lengthwise. You must have little diagonal pockets on the outside or you folded it the wrong way.

Step 7: Last Step for the Module

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On the module you must fold along the edge that has the pocket. You want all the modules to fold in the same direction. At this point you need to have 3 or four modules. The initial picture has three the final four. It is exactly the same process for assembly.

Step 8: Start Assembly

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Holding one unit as shown tuck the other tip into the pocket. Repeat the process all the way around.

Step 9: 9

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You will need to put your finger inside the petals and shape them.

Step 10: Finally

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This is assembly with four units. Any questions drop me a line:)
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Step 11: Back of 3 Unit Assembly

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Back of three unit assembly with 20 dollar bills. They have a lovely color, but of course they ended up getting taken apart and used.

Other designs are at


zascecs (author)2010-03-18

I suggest not using a $100 bill. It would really suck if the flower got lost. 

zascecs (author)zascecs2010-03-18

Aha, now I see that it is educational money. But you should still follow my advice... 

geregere (author)zascecs2017-01-05

u could also use paper. Just make it the size of the dollar bill.

RiuChan (author)2011-05-18

I don't get step 6 The picture, is kind of hard to understand.

Nworb237 (author)RiuChan2012-10-02

In step 6, its just folding step 5 in half.

shaneomacmcgee (author)2011-06-07

Now all I need is money.

BCZF (author)2011-04-17

You can iron bills..Put the iron on the low setting then you'll be able to crisp them up. Bills have a high fabric (cotton?) content, so they wont burn too easily unless you leave them under to high of a heat.

beccawee (author)2010-03-18

This is really cool! I have to say I got much better results when I used crisp bills. It was hard to see which direction you were holding the bills in picture #8, but looking at the completed pictures helped with assembly. Great job!

comodore (author)2009-06-13

I don't understand what the heck you do in step 8 and onwards...! Please post more pictures or describe more! Thank you!

Kaiven (author)comodore2009-12-09

You simply tuck the triangle flaps into the back of the modular pieces.

comodore (author)Kaiven2009-12-09

Kaiven (author)comodore2009-12-10

I'm pretty sure that is all that you have to do.  In the photos, each piece has a flap and a hole.

gibsonlp96 (author)2009-07-11

hey... umm i dont know if its just my pc or not, but there is no picture for step 5. If there is and it is just a pc problem, ill look into it, if not and there really is no picture for step 5, then adding the picture might be helpful. Thanks.

cedison (author)2009-01-12

Here's a few more pics hopefully that clarifies any questions

s0meth1ng0re0ther (author)2008-03-28

hey! this is kind of......REALY confusing. could you make a vid? it would help ALOT!!!!!!!

Somethingorother-Unfortunately I don't have a video camera, but if you have a specific question I could answer it or add more pics. Can you tuck it into the pocket like the pic shows?

darthdarth4 (author)cedison2009-01-11

on step 8 you could put another picture its kinda hard to see

cedison (author)darthdarth42009-01-12

Maybe these will help. I have a vid on flickr of the assembly, but I need to find it. Evidently I didn't tag it.

bigstiffy (author)cedison2008-05-11

it might be good to take another picture, its a tad difficult to see just how you are holding it.

Fenris The bbw (author)bigstiffy2008-12-07

Same here. I don't know what the heck's going on in that picture.

sillybillygumdrop131 (author)2008-09-21

could you please put a different picture on for this part?

deedeedee9 (author)2008-04-29

it is confusing only because the makers of the video go too fast and you cant really see what they are doing . Other than that it its a prime example of how an origami video should be

deedeedee9 (author)2008-04-25

Robert Lang made a flower like but it is made with 3 bills. there is a vid on how to fold it, but it can be confusing at times...

cedison (author)deedeedee92008-04-25

This is a link to authorized directions for his flower from MAKE. His design is very different and in all honesty much better in that it can lay flat as it has a hexagonal base and it is most likely stronger. I can't comment on how easy it is to make yet as I havn't done his design yet.

inquisitive (author)2008-02-18

Really lovely, I want to make a bouquet for an gift in a vase. Great for leaving tips too!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-18

That's really cool. I might do this when I am bored in class or something, I always have a lot of 1 dollars bills on me. Nice job.

HardCoreHacker (author)2008-02-17

That looks amazing

Are those real 100-dollar bills?

cedison (author)HardCoreHacker2008-02-17

Thanks Bumpus got it right. The first image is with actual $20 bills, but I had spent it before I took photos so I used National Geographic Instructional money to make the instructable. It is about 30% smaller and prone to tearing, but the correct proportions.

bumpus (author)HardCoreHacker2008-02-17

in step two, it says educational money

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