Modular Money Origami Star from 5 × 1 Dollar Bills

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Looking for instructions on how to fold a modular money origami star from several dollar bills put together? You've come to the right place!

This is a really neat piece of dollar bill origami. You take 5 bills and fold each of them into one arm of a star, and then you slot them all together to make a 5-pointed star like this:

modular money origami star front

And here's the moneygami star from the other side:

modular money origami star back

You can make this fold from any type of bank notes - any country, and any amount ($1, $5, $50, etc). I've tried it with both UK bills (which are short and wide) and US bills (which are long and skinny), so it should work with every other currency that fits somewhere in between in terms of shape.

I've seen some other instructions out there for this star which are excellent and very clear, but where you align some of the folds by using features of the note, like "just fold the bill until it reaches the green circle on the bill". I've deliberately avoided doing that in my instructions, because I wanted them to work with any currency in the world. So, all you non-USA folks can join in the fun too :-)

If you're giving a cash gift, then I think that these money origami stars make a wonderful way to give it. Usually, cash seems like a bit of an impersonal gift, but I think that by folding it into something beautiful you give it a personal touch and it becomes a much more meaningful and memorable gift.

Feel free to get creative with how you use this fold. One day when I get around to it I'm going to try making Christmas cards using these origami stars on the front as decoration - I think it would look really neat. Maybe I'll combine it with a money origami Christmas tree or some of the other ways to fold money.

Ready to make your dollar bill star? You can choose from my:

Video Instructions

Photo Instructions


Video: Modular Money Origami Star Instructions

Here's a video I made showing how to fold the star:

If you have a slow internet connection you might like to pause the video and come back in 2 minutes when it's fully loaded. Or you might prefer to follow the photo instructions below instead.


Photos: Modular Money Origami Star Instructions

In these step by step photos I'll show you the folds using a plain white sheet of paper cut to the size of a US $1 bill (2.61 by 6.14 inches, or 6.6 by 15.6cm). It's easier to see the folds this way than if I use a real bill.

Step 1

Fold your bill in half and unfold again, to make a crease along its full length.

modular money origami star step 1


Step 2

Fold both of the corners on the right hand side in to meet the center-line, as if you were making a paper plane. Also do the same with the bottom left corner.

modular money origami star step 2


Step 3

Fold the right point to meet the folded-up bottom-left corner, like this:

modular-money origami star step 3

Once you've made the fold, your bill should look like this:

modular-money origami star step 3b


Step 4

Turn over the bill, and arrange it so that the folded-in corner is at the top left. Then unfold the folded-in corner.

modular-money origami star step 4

Then fold both the corners on the right hand side in to meet the center, as if you were making a paper plane.

modular money origami star step 4b


Step 5

Fold the corners in to the center one more time.

modular money origami star step 5

Your bill should now look like this:

modular money origami star step 5b


Step 6

Turn over the bill, and arrange it with the pointy bit facing upward. Then fold up the bottom edge and tuck it as far as it will go under the pointing-down triangle-shaped flap.

modular money origami star step 6

Fold up the bottom edge again...

modular money origami star step 6b

...and again:

modular money origami star step 6c


Step 7

Repeat steps 1-6 with another 4 bills.

Now it's time to slot them together. (This is a little tricky to explain with photos, so if you get stuck you can always watch the video instead.)

First of all, let me show you how each bill has two types of slots. In the photo below, see how there's a big slot (left) and a small slot (right)? I've poked a pencil into the slots to make them clearer.

modular money origami star step 7

Now that you know the two types of slots, you're ready to fit the bills together. Start off with two bills arranged like this:

modular money origami star step 7b

Poke the tab from the right bill into the big slot on the left bill, so that they look like this:

modular-money origami star step 7c

Turn the bills over, and they should look like this:

modular-money origami star step 7d

Poke the tab from the right bill into the small slot on the left bill, so that they look like this:

modular-money origami star step 7d


Step 8

Keep adding more bills and slotting them together the same way:

modular-money origami star step 8

I normally make these stars with 5 points, but if you add one more bill you can also make a 6-pointed star.


Finished!

Once you've slotted all the bills together, here's what the finished star looks like from the front and back. See how my white paper has turned into dollar bills? It's magic ;-)

modular-money origami star step 9c

How did your modular money origami star turn out? I hope you found my instructions clear. There are also some video instructions above which might help to make it clearer. If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say hi, please contact me with this handy form.

Here's a star made out of Egyptian money by reader Kailey, a Canadian living in Egypt. Thanks for sending in your photo Kailey! I think the star looks really beautiful with the Arabic script.

modular money origami star egyptianModular Money Origami Star made from Egyptian notes


You can also make the star out of paper - here's a gorgeous card made by reader Irene (see her blog Chit Chats and Crafts).

modular origami star christmas card


And here's a beautifully folded one by reader Mareiko:

modular origami star

If you want to use paper instead of money, it's easies to use half-squares, i.e. rectangles of paper that are twice as long as they are wide.


What Next?

Now that you've folded a money origami star, you might like to try some of our other origami money folding projects:

money origami star single bill

Star from a single bill (see photo)

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