Money Leaf


origami leaf

Does money grow on trees? With this Money Leaf model, it sure looks like it! This dollar bill origami model is not very hard yet it makes a dazzling leaf which will impress friends and family.







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Step 1: Start with a crisp dollar bill with the black-side of the bill facing up.
            Fold up the bottom-left and bottom-right corners of the dollar bill.



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Step 2: Fold/unfold the model in half.
            Fold/unfold the sections in half again to get quarters.
            Turn the model over.


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Step 3: Fold/unfold each section in half to get eighth divisions.



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Step 4: Compress the dollar bill as you fold the model in half as shown.



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Step 5:
Turn the model over.



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Step 6:
Pleating is not always even. Look at your model and establish which is the shorter side of the leaf.

Lift open the longer flap and overlay it on top of the shorter flap. If it doesn't fit, you may need to fold down the tip of the shorter side of the leaf (green arrowhead).


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Step 7:
Compress the leaf to establish the creases.


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Step 8:
Hold steady the tip of the model (green arrow head) and flare open the rest of the leaf.

Optional: If you want extra stability, fold the tip of the leaf so the layers are locked together.


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Done! This side of the model has
the white border along the base
of the leaf.


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This is the other side of the model.
Both sides looks good and it's up to
you to decide which is the "front"
of the leaf.


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These leaves were made with more pleats. Instead of folding the dollar bill into 8 sections (step 3), it was divided into 16 sections. The leaf looks a little nicer: notice the extra folds radiating from the base of the leaf.
      1 & 2 were made with the black-side of the dollar bill facing up.
      3 & 4 were made with the green-side of the dollar bill facing up.