Money Origami: Fun things to do with your cash

koiorigami Origami (from oru meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper, or in this case, a single dollar bill, hence the name “money origami.”  The creativity of the little critters that people have designed from their currency is astounding: the one-eyed crab below is even borderline frightening.

flyorigami craborigami contructionorigami moneyorigimai moneyorigamipig scorpioorigami toailetorigimai allorigami suiutorigami boatorigami The most amazing thing about them is that they’re all made from real money. An exploration of our relationship with money and our response to it, in a political, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the note. All the papers presented were conducted with notes of 1 or 2 dollars and any one of them is exceptional. So, the next time you’re bored and sitting on a subway train, take out your wallet let your imagination run wild.


  1. Haha, these are great! I’m a Canadian, and feel compelled to ask:
    Isn’t this illegal to do with US tender?

  2. As long as you don’t cut them up, see in America, there’s nothing wrong with folding money lol

  3. It’s just being folded. Not torn or anything. Even then, tears happen all the time.

  4. Very cool!! I wish we had paper money in Australia… I think it would be harder to do with plastic currency 🙁

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