Introduction: Origami Dollar Bill Duck

This money duck ($ Duck) is a variation of the traditional origami swan. It can be made flat or you can open up the body a bit so it is 3D. Care should be taken when making the head of the duck. If it is too small, it will look silly. If the head is too big, the duck will fall forward.

Tutorial Video

Step 1: Step 1

Start with a crisp dollar bill with the black-side facing up.

Fold in half lengthwise. Unfold.

Step 2: Step 2

Valley fold the four corners as shown.

Step 3: Step 3

Valley fold the top-left and bottom-left edges of the bill as shown.

This narrow side will be the neck and head of the duck.

Step 4: Step 4

Fold the model in half from left to right (connect green dots).

Step 5: Step 5

Fold the top layer (pointy part) back towards the left. You need to experiment a little, but about 1/3 of the way is a good distance. See next photo.

Notice the “eyes” of the duck (green arrows). Try to place these on top of the white border that surrounds the dollar bill.

Step 6: Step 6

Mountain fold (fold back) the top half of the model.

Step 7: Step 7

Lift up the neck of the duck. Pinch at the base of the neck to get a new valley fold. Dotted lines are x-ray vision and represent fold in the layer underneath.

Step 8: Step 8

Lift the beak. Lift and fold the back end to make a tail.

Done! Notice the “eyes” on the duck’s head. when folding step 5, notice the placement of the “eyes”.

This is how the duck looks like if you started with the green-side of the dollar bill facing up.

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