Money Origami Butterfly





Introduction: Money Origami Butterfly

This instructable will teach you how to make an origami butterfly using a dollar bill.

Step 1: Materials

All you need is a dollar bill, preferably unwrinkled, and your hands.

Step 2: Fold in Half

fold the bill in half lengthwise, short edge to short edge.

Step 3: Fold Corner

Fold the short edge of the top layer to the right edge of the bill. Then unfold.

Step 4: Fold Bottom

Fold the bottom edge so the new crease is at the level of the bottom
end of the crease formed in the last step. Then unfold and open the bill.

Step 5: Mountain Fold the Center

Look carefully at the creases in the middle of the bill. Mountain-fold the outermost creases and move them to meet at the center crease as shown. Then fold the bill in half.

Step 6: Squash Fold

lift the right corner and squash fold the right half as shown.

Step 7: Now the Other Side

Flip the bill over. Now squash-fold the same as the previous side.

Step 8: Fold the Corner Up

Fold the bottom corner up along the white border and the printed edge. Then unfold the bill.

Step 9: Squash the Wings

One side at a time, squash fold the upper left and right halves of the model. Be sure to squash firmly down to the crease line formed in the previous step.

Step 10: Wing Folds

Fold the wings slightly over each other in a z-pattern. The area of the bottom wings will roll over and upwards as you do this.

optional detail: inside reverse fold the corner in the second picture to make the wing appear more rounded.

Step 11: Swivel

Swivel the middle corner over to the crease line on the lower right wing.

Step 12: Now the Left

Fold the left wind over to match the right wing.

Step 13: Fold the Corners

Fold the shown corners to make the wings look more rounded.

Step 14: Fin

open the wings and enjoy your new butterfly.



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    15 Discussions


    Completely confusing. I do origami all the time and cannot even understand the instructions.


    1 year ago

    It's really confusing. Though I should probably expect it to be confusing because origami isn't my strong suite.

    This is really confusing.

    When I did step 7 the two corners that were visible on my bill were completely opposite from the ones in picture. It's like you switched bills between steps. At the end of step 8 you say "unfold the bill", but then the first picture in step 9 has this heavily folded bill...

    This whole sequence needs a few more photos and possibly some color-coding of the corners. As presented this is definitely very advanced.

    Nice, easy! Pretty with foreign money and simple to vary wings for other types of moth etc.

    Can't get it. Maybe a video along with the pics would help.

    Step 6 needs more detail. Can't seem to make the fold correctly.

    I like it Small Creation Large Imegenation.


    1 year ago

    Always seems to fly away from me pretty quickly, but it never looks this nice. Great instructions!


    1 year ago

    Good butterfly!

    It is true that money flies ;) ;)

    This is cute :)