Make this beautiful
Dollar Origami Butterfly


Everyone loves butterflies...
especially when they're made from money!


This dollar origami butterfly makes a great wedding gift. My sister and her husband-to-be didn't want any hard goods gifts for their wedding, so my husband and I gave them some origami money hearts and butterflies :-) Perfect symbolism for the beginning of a new life together, don't you agree?

By the way, you don't have to use 1 dollar bills... use any denomination you like. Certainly larger bills are appropriate for a wedding present!

dollar origami butterfly


The method for folding an origami money butterfly is nice and easy. Even if you've never tried any sort of dollar bill origami or other paper folding, you'll still have no problem.

We'll start with picture instructions, and further down the page there's a video tutorial.


Picture Instructions

You'll need two bills for this design.

dollar origami butterfly



Step 1: Fold a bill in half lengthwise, then unfold again.

dollar origami butterfly



Step 2: Fold the corners in to meet the centre-line.

dollar origami butterfly




Step 3: Fold the bill back and forth like an accordion, until it looks like this. The precise number of folds doesn't matter.

dollar origami butterfly

Step 4: Place your second bill below the first, and fold in the corners along the dotted lines shown here. The lines are placed so that widths of the top and bottom bills are the same at the place where they adjoin.

dollar origami butterfly





Step 5: Accordion-fold the bottom bill until it looks like this. As in step 3, the precise number of folds doesn't matter.

dollar origami butterfly


Step 6: Place the two bills next to each other like this.

dollar origami butterfly

Step 7: Use a pipe cleaner or ribbon to attach the two notes together and form 'antennae'. Well done, you've finished! Cute isn't it?


Video Tutorial

Click the white arrow to play. If the video doesn't display, you might need to download the free Adobe flash player.

In case you're wondering, no, that's not monopoly money, it's Australian money. It works perfectly for making a dollar origami butterfly because it's so colourful.


Origami Butterfly Bouquet

One our readers (Cali from Sparks, NV) took these instructions a step further and made a butterfly bouquet! Check it out:

money origami butterfly bouquet

So pretty! Thanks for sharing your photo Cali!


What next?

Looking for something romantic to go with the butterfly? Have a go folding a money origami simple heart or decorative heart.

Happy folding!




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