$8 Flying Disc (dollar Bill Origami)

Video showing how the discs spin when thrown.

$8 is all you need to create this flying disc. I like this one because you can play with the pattern a little based on how you fold the bills. This disc puffs out around the edges and reminds me of a Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell. It flies amazingly far and is fun to play catch with.

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Step 1: Materials

You need:
-8 dollar bills
-your hands

Step 2:

Start with the back of the bill facing up and fold in half by bringing the left side to meet the right.

Step 3:

Now fold the bill in half so that the top meets the bottom. Orient the bill as shows in the picture.
Fold the bottom left corner up to meet the top edge. Do the same thing with the bottom right corner. Unfold.

Step 4:

Now reverse fold the creases you made in the last step inward. This is the trickiest part so look at the pictures if you need help.

Step 5: Make 8 Units

Repeat steps 2-4 to create 8 units in total.

Step 6: Link 'em Together

Insert one bill into another by opening the flaps on the left one and putting the right one inside. Follow the picture for proper alignment.

Tuck the flaps from the left bill into the opening of the one on the right. Tuck the flaps of the right bill into the one on the left. This will link the two units to each other.

Step 7:

Continue connecting units until the entire ring is formed. Now have from throwing about $8!

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    20 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Is it not a crime to destroy Government property? I would encourage using the same size paper as a 1 dollar bill and then go from there....

    2 replies

    This project doesn't destroy the bills. This is every bit as legal as putting dollar bills in a bi-fold wallet.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Could you make a cheaper version of this using rectangular paper instead of currency? :)

    5 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Sure! You could cut normal paper according to the USD dimensions.

    I don't know all the rules or anything but I was considering scanning and printing one of the bills so that I could have crisper money to fold. I wouldn't take it outside my home but I would still be able to have to pattern that's unique to this folding technique.

    You will find that your scanner will not scan a bill, and your printer will not print it :) Both have circuitry to prevent scanning or printing currency.

    Both my scanner and printer (one in the same machine) will scan and print the bill. That setting is only in place on some machines and from what I've been told different countries may have different regulations.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Not true; I just scanned and printed a $1 bill with my 1-year old HP multi-function printer


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The only flying disc still worth $8 bucks it falls apart ! Just don't throw it in your neighbors yard, they might not throw it back :)

    I purposely left any money puns out of my Instructable because I knew you guys would have some good ones.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting use of money, however it would be rather expensive to make one of these where I live... the lowest value bill corresponds to about $10.

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You could always cut paper to USD dimensions and use that. I haven't tried (maybe you want to and post your findings) but I bet other size rectangles would work too.