Different Ways to Fold Paper Money

    by Kathryn Hatter

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    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    Folding paper money is also called money origami. Folding paper money into unusual or interesting shapes can be an unexpected surprise. Consider the waiter's surprise when his tip is folded into the shape of a sailboat. Many people would find it fascinating to receive a money gift folded into the shape of a ring or a shirt. The techniques can be a challenge to learn, but the finished results will impress and delight.


    A paper bill can be used to create a ring. By folding the paper bill so that the white outer portions are folded in and then folding it in half twice, the insignia that shows the value of the bill can be centered as the top of the ring. Then the paper bill is formed into a ring shape, sized to fit the finger and the portion with the insignia is positioned so that it is on top and can be tucked under the rest of the ring.


    A paper bill can be folded lengthwise into quarters. Then the paper bill is connected to a circle. After the paper bill is connected, it can be shaped into a heart by manipulating the edges into two humps at the top and a pointed tip at the bottom. The heart can be adjusted until it looks as desired.


    A more intricate series of folds can create a shirt shape out of a paper bill. By folding the bill in half lengthwise and then folding the corners in at one end, a shirt collar can be created that looks like a dress shirt. With more folds, the shirt sleeves are made. When the folds are finished, the paper bill looks like a short-sleeved dress shirt.


    Two paper bills can be folded to create a sailboat. One bill is used to make the sail by folding the two sides in to make a triangle. One edge is folded two more times to complete the mast that will attach to the hull. A second paper bill is used to make the hull of the sailboat by folding it into length-wise in thirds, unfolding and then folding it in half width-wise. It is unfolded again. One short edge is folded into a triangle shape and the other short edge is folded in to create the bottom of the hull of the boat. The sides of the hull of the boat are folded around the bottom of the boat. The mast of the sail is attached to one end of the hull.

    Bow Tie

    A paper bill can be folded into a bow tie. By folding the paper bill into quarters and then creating triangular shapes in the center of the bow tie, the edges extend out to appear as if they are the ties of the bow tie. The folds are created symmetrically on each side of the paper bill so that the finished result is a bow tie with a narrow center and edges that flair out.