Origami With Money
Origami with money is a relatively newer and rarer form of art. The reasons for its rarity have more to do with the paper-substitute that is used for the hobby - money. Not many people are willing to put their money on the line and fold it around to make Origami sculptures. However, the unique colouration and texture of money makes it quite interesting. Add to that the fact that you don't really tear the note or lose that money, and you have a wonderful way of utilizing money, when you have nothing else to do, without really spending it.
There are plenty of reasons why people might consider it hard to do Origami with money. The dimensions of a currency note aren't exactly too big to do the regular kind of Origami that you may have studied. The average currency note isn't square and, as a result, isn't anything like a regular piece of Origami paper. However, the sizes of currency notes depend, in most cases, on the amount and, therefore, there is a lot of scope of combining two or three notes to do Origami with money.
The Basics of making Origami with Money
The American dollar bill is the most commonly used currency mainly because it has a $1 bill as its lowest currency. In most European currencies, the minimum amount is a denomination of 5. As a result, most of the examples of Origami with money that you'll find will be those that are made with American dollars.
Another important thing to remember in Origami with money is that it is usually a process that requires you to make two or more shapes and combining them to create the final piece. So, when you make a star out of money, you are effectively making five or more tetrahedral, before combining them. As a result, most of these sculptures are completely modular and, therefore, easier to make.
By merely combining the smaller pieces, you can increase the size of your sculptures or by removing a few, you can make it smaller!
Making a Christmas Tree
The fact that most money is green and that Christmas trees are loved by everyone, makes for a delightful little modular tree. Now, this isn't one of the most difficult projects you'll ever find when doing Origami with money but it is something that will help you get started and stay on the right track. They end up looking like those pine-scented air-fresheners and are perfect for the work desk or just spending a little fun time waiting for your meal in a restaurant.
The first thing you need to do when making a Christmas Tree with money is to fold the currency note in half. If your note has a darker colour on one side, then fold such that the darker side is on the outside. Then start from the left and make a side-fold by bringing in one of the corners towards the inside. Then do the same to the other side to form a triangle on the upper layer. This is also going to be the final view that you get in the end.
Take one of the two flaps and fold it to align with the bottom edge of the note. This will come over the triangle while the remaining part of the note needs to be folded in any fashion as long as it stays within the boundaries of the triangle. Just try to keep things neat and even to ensure that everything looks uniform. This side won't be visible from the front but even then, you need to make sure that there isn't any lumpiness or big bump at the back.
Once you fit everything in within the boundaries, start opening up the bottom-aligning fold you made before and then the side fold made for this side of the note. Re-make the bottom fold first, over the random folds you just made, to cover them completely and then add the side fold over it to complete the look.
For the other tab, open the bottom and side folds before shoving everything between the front triangle and the previously made bottom-fold (for the other tab). That should lock everything in place and give you the look you need for the upper part of the tree.
The next step is to take more currency notes and make more of these triangles, but with different lengths of the note. You don't need to tear them up to make them smaller; simply folding the edges will do the trick. This will allow you to make triangles in different sizes and, in the end, will give you exactly what you need to represent the layers of leaves on a Christmas tree!
Making the stand of the Christmas tree, in Origami with money, is all about folding over one-third of a currency note and then folding it again to complete the nearly-flat cigar. Then, unroll the entire thing before making a square shaped structure using all the creases you just made. This will give you a tight and stable square and all you need to do is flatten out one end by folding the two corners towards the centre.
That's all you need for your first and simplest project when kicking off Origami with money!