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Learn to Fold 5 Simple Dollar Origamis

teacher avatar Kevin Hutson, Origami Artist

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:23
    • 2. Papers

      2:23
    • 3. Duck

      4:26
    • 4. Ninja Star

      6:48
    • 5. Arrow

      5:03
    • 6. Heart

      3:21
    • 7. Crane Bookmark

      8:01
    • 8. Outro

      0:38
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5 Dollar Origamis: Learn to fold 5 simple origami models from dollar bills.

Dollar origami is a great way to leave a tip at a restaurant and is a unique present for weddings, holidays, graduations, or birthdays. It is also an elegant decoration for your home.

This course guides you through the basics of dollar origami while you learn how to fold 5 different objects. These range in difficulty and style including a duck, arrow, ninja star, heart, and crane bookmark. You don't need any previous knowledge of origami to fold these! All you need are some dollar bills.

What You'll Learn

At the end of this course, you'll have some awesome origami skills to impress your friends! We start by going over the different types of paper that can be used to practice with so don't have to worry about messing up on your money. There are many different options for you to choose from, and I'll give resources and instructions for all of them. We then jump right into folding some dollar origami, but don't worry: we start out very simple. Every time we encounter a new type of fold, I thoroughly explain step-by-step how it's performed and fold it slow enough so it's easy to follow. Each origami we fold is very simple so you can transform a dollar quickly, hone your skill, and have fun.

This course is part of a larger series on dollar origami that I plan to release. These courses will cover how to fold other simple dollar origamis and some more difficult ones. Make sure to click 'follow' so you don't miss any videos! I'm excited to share my passion for origami with you and will answer any questions you have along the way.

Dollar Origami Courses:

5 Unique Dollar Origamis: https://skl.sh/2HMfHdX

Dollar Origami Wardrobe: https://skl.sh/3coKZTp

I also have many courses on origami from a traditional square:

Boats: https://skl.sh/3faaXKw

Flowers: https://skl.sh/327xlRc

Birds: https://skl.sh/2EncsaN

Modular Spinning Top: https://skl.sh/2XeKrZP

The possibilities of what you can fold from a single sheet of paper are endless!

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Kevin Hutson

Origami Artist

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I am an origami artist that has been folding and designing origami for over 10 years. Origami is one of my favorite passions and I love to share this unique art form with other people.

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1. Intro: Hi everyone. In this course I'm going to teach you five of my favorite simple dollar origami. These will include a duck, a ninja star, and arrow of heart, and a crane bookmark. I chose very simple models for this course, but they're all really fun to fold. Dollar origami makes a great tip at a restaurant. It's a perfect gift for graduations, holidays, weddings or birthdays, or just as an elegant decoration for your home. This is a beginner course so you don't need any previous experience with origami. I'll teach you everything you need to know along the way. All you need is some dollar bills. I'll also give you some resources to be able to print a fake dollar onto a regular sheet of paper with the correct dimensions. That way you have something to practice with so you don't end up wasting any real money. My name is Kevin and I'm an origami artist. I've been folding and designing my own origami for the last ten years and I love teaching new people how to fold. I find origami to be a very meditative and fulfilling art form, and I hope you enjoy it to. This course is part of a series of courses I have sharing my passion for origami, have other courses on dollar origami is as well as many courses on origami folder from a standard square sheet of paper. These include flowers, animals, boats, birds, action models, modular origami and much more. So, make sure to click follow so you don't miss out on any of my future courses. But let's get down to folding. I'll see you in the next video. 2. Papers: I'll be using a standard dollar bill in each video to pull these. But it does help if you have a really crisp dollar bill. If here's her all old and worn out, then you can go to the bank and thus switch them out for you. I have personally gone to the bank and asked for 50 crisp dollar bills to fold origami with before these videos, I'll be using $1 bills so that you can use any denomination. News fives, tens, twenties, fifties, hundreds. If you're folding just for fun, you're probably using ones. But if you're folding these as a gift or a wedding or a graduation, or if you're leading a tip at a restaurant, you might be using higher bills. They will all work if you want to practice these without filling up a real dollar with a bunch of, you can print out some fake money to practice with. This is just a template I found on a website called principal fake money.net. I'll link to that website below. They have a bunch of different play money templates. I picked one that had the same ratio with a dollar bill, which is 6.14 inches by 2.6 million engines. Then I just added a stock photo I found on an origami crane. Then I just adjusted the size in Photoshop just to make sure it would come out the correct size when I actually printed it. I'll post a file for this down on the resources section so you can download it and have something to practice with. Just make sure that when you go to print it in the print options come up, click it to scale at 100%, then it will print out at the correct size. You can see it is the exact size is an actual dollar bill. But you can print these out of any size. You click fill page and it'll print out a little bit bigger like this. Or you can flip it and print out a really big one like this. Those are great to practice with as well. It helps a lot if you need to work out any small details on something. Another option is to print out an actual image of a dollar bill. Just be aware that there are counterfeiting laws that apply to US currency. And most importantly, the size has to be either less than three-fourths or more than 1.5 times the size of an actual dollar bill. And it can only be one sided. So lengthwise that would be less than 4.605 inches or more than 9.21 inches on the low end, that's really small, but on the high-end, That's a great size to practice with. Does fit on the size of Sanergy to printer paper. You just have to print it in landscape. This one here is about ten inches long. I got the file for this from Wikimedia Commons, which I'll link to as well. They have all the other counterfeiting laws listed on that website. So just make sure to follow those if you do go this route. But again, I'll have all of those resources linked for you below. So let's get to folding. 3. Duck: In this video, we'll be learning how to fold a duck. This one's nice and easy and it's really fun to fold. It does stand up on its own. So let's get started. Now we're going to start with the bill face up. Now, valley fold in half lengthwise. So we'll just bring this top edge down to the bottom edge. So make sure that lines up corner to corner, then crease it all the way across. And then unfold. Next, we're going to bring this edge on the upper right into lie along that center crease we just made just like that. And do the same thing with the other three corners. Bottom right, bottom left, and and the top-left. Next, we'll bring this edge on the bottom left into that same center crease. Just making sure to hold that layer underneath him places. And the same with this top edge. And then turn the whole model over top to bottom. Now I'm bringing this point on the left over to meet the point on the right. Next, we're going to fold that point on the right over to about where this line is. Doesn't have to be exact. So that's a pretty good reference for it. If you fold it further, then you'll have a bigger head. If you fold it shorter than you'll have a smaller head. Bounce away that line is increase it. Now we're going to mountain fold the entire model in half. It's going to pick that up and folded in half. Then, okay, if this head swings up as we do that the next we're going to pull this part up, just sliding the paper. This is done to taste but not about. You can just slide the paper around until you have it where you link it will go like that and do the same thing with the head. You're gonna slide that out. Just kinda rolling the paper. So you have the head where you like it. And we're going to make just a small outside reverse fold to form a tail. To do that, we'll just open model up like this and then just going to pop the corner of and as we close it back up, we'll have a small tail. And that's a point you can slide around as well. And just like that, should be able to stand up on its own. We are all done. I hope yours looks great. Please take a photo of it and post it down in the project section. I'd love to see what you were able to fold. And then I'll see you in the next video. 4. Ninja Star: In this video, we're going to learn how to hold a ninja star. This is a fun little one to fold. It's a four pointed star that works great as a throwing star. It does use to dollar bills to fold this one. You'll be folding to different modules from separate dollar bills and then we'll connect them at the end. So I'm going to start with the bill facing up. I'm a valley fold in half lengthwise. So we're bringing the top edge down to the bottom edge and make sure it lines up corner to corner, increasing all the way across. And now we'll valley fold in half will bring the right edge over to the left edge. Crease that down, and then unfold. Next, we're going to bring this bottom edge on the left into i along this center crease. Just like that. And then on the right side we're going to bring this top edge until i along that same center crease. It should look like this. Now we're going to rotate 90 degrees. Then it will bring this top edge into lie along this vertical line here. There's not actually a crease in place. We should be able to just start from this top corner and then line it up with where this quarter meets the edges over there. Just like that. And do the same thing on the bottom. Next we're going to mountain fold right along this edge. So we'll fold it behind. Just right along the edge that's underneath is down. In the same thing on the right side. Now we're done with one module. Now I'm gonna show you how to make the other module just the same steps but just mirrored. It will start with the bill facing up again. Well valley fold in half lengthwise rather than the top down to the bottom. And then valley fold in half and then unfold. Now this is where they start to be a little different. This time will bring the top edge on the left into lie along that center crease. And on the right side bring the bottom engine to lie along that center crease. We can rotate 90 degrees. It will bring this bottom edge up to this vertical line. Then the top edge into that vertical line. It's now a mountain fold those flaps behind those other modules folder. Now to assemble them, we're just going to turn one of them upside down. And then we'll lay one across the other. And to make sure you're doing that part right, the two smooth centers will go together. And the ones that have these pockets will be on the outside, will show you on the other side. So lay them across each other like this. Next we're going to fold this flap over. You notice the pocket right here. We're going to be talking this point into that pocket. We fold this over and then tuck it into the pocket. And then the same thing with the left side. Then turn the whole thing over. Now we're gonna do the same thing on this side. So it will fold it over. There are in a tux out into the pocket. Usually you can just slide it right in. And same thing with the last one. Usually this one's just a little bit harder. Pressed it all down firmly. And there we have it. Take a photo of yours and poster down in the project section so I can take a look and I'll see you in the next video. 5. Arrow: In this video, we're going to learn how to fold an arrow. This arrow has a lot of different variations. You can have one pointing to the left or pointing to the right. It looks great from both sides. You can also do a longer version. And you can do the long version pointing to the left or pointing to the right. And first I'm going to show you how to fold one that looks like this. And then at the end I'll teach you all the different variations. It's really easy to fold each one so you can try them all out and see which one you like the most. So we're going to start with the build face up. Next, we're going to bisect both of these angles here. So we'll bring this left edge up to the top edge. Make sure it lines up all the way out to the corner. Increase that down. And then unfold. Now bring that left edge down to the bottom edge. Increase that one. And then unfold x. We're going to turn the bill over. Now the x is on this side. So we're going to bring this edge on the right over to where these creases meet the edges, which will form a valley fold right through the center of this x vertically. Let's make sure it lines up with the creases on the top and the bottom and then increase it down and then unfold. And then turn that back over. Next we are going to collapse all those creases at the same time. So we'll bring these two edges in towards each other. And as we do that, all the other creases should begin to form. And then you can press everything down. It should form a nice little triangle. You compress it all down firmly. Next, we're going to bring this bottom edge up to the center line. We don't have a crease here, but you can imagine a decreased, it would run all the way across the center. We are gonna do this underneath this flap. Lift that up without making an actual crease, and then bring this edge up towards the center. You can see underneath on the left side where to fold it too. So let's start there. And then try to just keep this edge parallel all the way across. And these edges should line up with each other on the right. Just like that. And do the same thing on the top side. Spring that edge down to this edge should be easier now that we have the edge running across. Now you can be all done here if you'd like. And it looks pretty cool from both sides. I really like it from this side. But if you want a long arrow, you can leave it just like this. But if you want a shorter arrow, I'll show you how to do that. We'll turn it back over. We're going to fold this edge over in this direction. We're going to slide it into this pocket here. Those open that pocket up and then push it up until it catches on these edges. Then just make sure the edges all line up and then you can increase it down. Again. It looks cool from both sides. But the way it looks like this is my favorite. Now this IRR looks really great, but there are lots of different options for this. So if you start by making the X on the right and then you'll have an arrow that points to the left and looks like this. And then if you start with the bill face down, it'll look like this. Or if you start with the bill facedown and make the x on the right, it will look like this. Then there is of course the long version of that as well, which would look like that. And there's the long version of the other ones. So there's lots of options with this arrow. It's a really simple one and it's easy to make all the different versions of it. Now I hope yours looks really good. You can go take a photo of it and post that down in the project section. I'd love to see it, but that's it for this video and I'll see you in the next one. 6. Heart: In this video, I'm going to show you how to fold a hearts. Those the easiest way that I know how to fold a heart from a dollar. Well, it looks really great. And twofold, one that looks like this, I'll be starting with the front of the dollar facing up. And if you start with the back of the dollar facing up, and it will look like this. But I prefer this way a little more. So we're gonna start with the front of the bill facing up. Now we're going to valley fold this bottom edge upwards. And if we imagine and folding this into thirds, we'd be folding the bottom third up, but it doesn't have to be exact. So I'll just fold it up and show you a good reference for that folder it about this much. So you can see about this much of the hair right here. Now crease that down, just making sure this edge stays parallel is this edge. Now these two parts should be about equal if you fold it that at a third. Next we'll valley fold the model in half. So bring this right edge over into the left edge, crease there. And then unfold. Now bring this bottom edge until i along that center crease, we just made the same thing on the left side. Now turn the whole thing over. Next, we're going to fold each of these corners down. And to do this, you can imagine a line running halfway between these two lines. If you want to be more precise, you could make a small pinch mark like this and use that as a reference with the first edge. So we'll take this corner and fold it down right where that pinch mark is. And it looks like that. And again, this doesn't have to be exact, so you don't actually have to make that pinch mark just get towards about halfway between those edges. Then do that was the remaining three corners. Fold this one down the same amount. That same list, this one. Just make sure it starts from that same point in the center. And then same with this one on the top left. That's making it all symmetrical. And then turn the whole thing over. And now we're all done. Make sure to take a photo of yours and posted down in the project section. I love looking at what you're able to create. And then I'll see you in the next video. 7. Crane Bookmark: For this final video, I'm going to show you how to fold a crane bookmark. So one looks really cool and it makes a perfect bookmark. It slides right into the book and then just has a little crane poking out of the top. First we're going to valley fold in half lengthwise, bringing its top edge down to lie along the bottom edge, which make sure that lines up all the way across and then increase it down. And then unfold. Next you're gonna bring this top edge into lie along that crease we just made. Now bring the bottom edge up to that same crease. Now, unfold both of those. Now I'm going to rotate. Next we're going to valley fold an x up here. So I'm gonna take this top edge and line it up with the edge on the left. That down to go all the way up to this corner and then unfold and do the same thing on this side. So bringing that edge over to the right edge, all the way out to that corner, Increase it down, and then unfold. And now turn it over. Next we're gonna make a valley folds that runs right through the center of that X. So we're going to bring this top edge down to the bottom of the x. Now you can line it up with where those creases meet the edge. So the corner of the paper should line up perfectly with where that increase meets the edge. Then you can unfold and then turn it back over. Now we're going to collapse all those creases at the same time. So we're going to bring these two edges into the center. And it should collapse on the existing creases. Then just press at all down and form a nice little triangle at the top. Next we're going to make a squash fold. So we're going to take this one flap on their age and then make it so it's going vertically. And then we'll open up the pocket inside. And as you do that, you should be able to squash it down symmetrically. And then this new, this crease right here should run vertically all the way up to the top, which will look like that. Next we're going to bring this edge right here until I along that center vertical crease. Down. Next we can flip one flap over. Just like that. Now we're going to repeat those steps with this flap. So we'll make that squash full. There's open that pocket up, squash it down. Now we're going to bring this left edge into that center crease. Now I can bring just one flap from the right to the left, just like you're turning the page of a book. Next, we're going to bring both of these edges into the center. Will start on the right side. Fold it in like that, and do the same on the left. Next we need to make a small inside reverse fold. And so we're gonna do this on the right side. So to do an inside reverse fold will open these flaps apart from each other and then swing this layer down just a little bit. And then as you do that, you'll close those flaps back up. And there'll be a small crease that reverses in that process. So it looks like that. Next we're going to form a mountain fold that runs right across here, bringing this point down to this edge. But on the backside, swing that point behind. Like that. The next we're going to bring both of these edges into the centre along existing crease lines. But as we do that, this pocket is going to swing open. So we'll bring those inside. And then that's where folding that up towards the top, this point is swinging upwards. Now once your clothes, you're gonna make new creases that run from this point up to this top point here on both sides should form pretty naturally as you're just swinging that up as far as it'll go. And now turn that over. And then we're all done. There. We have our crane bookmark. I hope you are able to fold that one. If you were a, please take a photo and post it down in the project section. I'd love to see it. And now I'll see you in the next video. 8. Outro: Thank you all so much for watching this course. I hope you had a lot of fun folding everything. You can post all your photos down in the project section below. I would love to see them also, if you can please rate and review this course, that would help me out a lot. And if you did enjoy it, you can click follow. I have a ton of other courses on origami, but I have a whole series on dollar origami. I also have a series on origami folding from a traditional square that would include things like birds, boats, animals, flowers, modular origami action models, and a lot more. So go quick follow if you want to learn more. And I, thank you all again, keep folding and I hope to see you in the next course.