Money origami is a creative way to present gifts for special occasions. For example, an origami bunny that's folded from a dollar bill is an especially adorable way to give a child an Easter gift. This craft is easy to fold for beginners and is a modified version of a featured project from the Origami Page-A-Day Calendar.
Like all money origami designs, this craft works best when made with a relatively new and crisp bill. Bills that are wrinkled and worn, from being in circulation for many... years, have trouble holding their shape well. If you can't find crisp bills in your wallet, it's worth going to the bank for.
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Make a Waterbomb Base
To make an origami bunny from a dollar bill, you must make a waterbomb base:
- With George Washington's head faced up on the table, fold the top left corner over to the right side of the paper.
- Then, fold the bottom right corner over to the left side of the paper.
- Next, fold the left side down to make a crease that intersects the two diagonal creases you have just made. Use this crease to collapse the bill inward.
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Create the Bunny's Body
To make the bunny's body, flip your bill over. Then, fold the right side of the dollar bill up so it touches just below the point on the left side.
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Fold It in Half
After you've made the bunny's body, fold your dollar bill in half. The top layer of your triangle will fold down to form the bunny's head.
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Make Bunny Ears
To make rabbit ears, fold the top corners of the bunny's head down and out.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Fold the Bunny's Tail
Make your origami bunny's backside by folding the back top corner down slightly to make a small triangle. Then, open your bill just enough so that you can collapse the fold inward. Refold the project as needed.
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Make Your Bunny's Legs
To make your origami bunny's legs, fold the top left-hand corner down slightly, to make a small triangle. Then, open your bill just enough so that you can collapse this fold inward to give your rabbit two triangular shaped legs. Create the back legs by simply folding the top and bottom layers on the right side forward.
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Add It to Your Easter Basket
Now that your origami money bunny is complete, you can add it to your Easter basket as a small homemade gift.
If you're feeling extra crafty, you can make a basket at home by following instructions on how to fold an easy origami box. Then, staple or tape a handle to your finished project. Fill your basket with green shredded paper, candy, your gift, and colorful origami jumping frogs for a unique touch.
Plus, if you can find large Easter eggs, origami money figures can be slipped inside and used as "special" prizes in an egg hunt. In addition to an origami bunny, an origami heart can be used to make kids smile.