The very first banknotes were used by the Chinese in the 7th century, during the Tang Dynasty. Before it was used as a true currency, paper money was used as part of a deposit system in which merchants would leave large amounts of coins with a trusted associate and receive a paper receipt for the transaction. The reason was simple—the copper coins used as currency at the time were heavy.
Valentine's Day is a day for love, but it also just happens to be the time when every flower shop in town hikes up their prices. Chocolates are still relatively cheap, but I never understood why you have to give the gift of bigger love handles when something more creative gets the job done at a much cheaper price.
Looking to add specimens to your paper garden? Make a paper lotus flower from dollar bills using origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions for making your own dollar-bill lotus flowers from folded paper. Now, let's get our monigami on!
Despite being bombarded with so many things to do each day, we still somehow find ourselves in a mid-afternoon lull where there's nothing better to do than stare at the adventures of a piece of lint darting across our computer screen.
We've all attempted to fold a paper airplane before, right? One we hoped would sail majestically through the air for a good while but just ended up nose-diving into the grass. Paper planes, an invention likely as old as paper, are models of engineering; and they must account for the same dynamics as real planes, from drag force to stability to weight. So what is the perfect design?
This video demonstrates how to fold the origami model "Blütenkreisel" that Carmen Sprung designed. Carmen kindly gave me permission to make this video accessible to you. Note that you have to start with an octagon, rather than a square piece of paper.
Fed up with traditional origami? Well, learn how to fold some three-dimensional origami! This origami video tutorial will teach you how to origami a 3D diamond-tail for a peacock. Traditional Japanese origami is the art of paper folding, but 3D origami is a little more complex, a little more challenging... a little more interesting. See how to model and fold a 3D diamond-tail peacock with these origami instructions.
Tutorial of how to quickly make and Origami Magic Ball! Get a piece of 20x40cm paper. Fold along side in 32 equal parts, by repeatedly folding the paper in half - using genderless folds. Fold the short side in 8 equal parts- using valley folds. Turn the sheet over and start diagonal folds - using valley folds into 32 parts. Roll paper out flat, and fold it zigzag following previously made genderless folds. At corner of paper, create a "water bomb" by pressing together previously made folds fo...
Origami is an art form, but origami using dollar bills? It takes this art form to a whole new level! In this three-part video tutorial, learn how to fold an F-18 Hornet fighter jet plane out of a dollar bill, origami-style.
The origami magic ball is a very popular but few tutorials show you how to make one in greater detail than this four part series. This complicated paper design takes a little while to create but is worth it in the end when you have a totally unique, fluffy new toy to play with. This origami ball was designed by Kade Chan and is one of the best.
This video demonstrates how to fold the origami model "Cigarette Packet" that David Brill designed. Dave kindly gave me permission to make this video accessible to you.
Once you have mastered how to fold an origami crane, you are ready to try the phoenix. A phoenix is a mystical bird that rises from the ashes and is very powerful. They are a great inspiration to have around you. Check out this tutorial for a step by step on folding your own origami phoenix bird and feel inspired.
A memorable and well thought out Father's Day present doesn't have to be expensive or outrageous. In fact, some of the most cherished gifts are handmade, espeically when it comes to gifts that feature warm family photographs.
This video origami tutorial shows how to fold up dollar bills and attach them onto a lei necklace to create a Hawaiian money lei. Watch, follow along, and never give a cheap, boring gift again.
Dollar bill origami is fun, simple & cute. All you need is a dollar bill and some origami folding skills. Spend your spare dollar on some creativity... and you will end up with a cute origami figurine. Watch this origami money tutorial to learn how to fold a box with a dollar bill.
To play off Gertrude Stein's famous quote, a rose is a rose is a magic paper cube. And with this paper folder's guide, you'll learn how to make your very own magic rose cube from paper using the Japanese art of origami. This design by Valerie Vann, and folded by YouTuber German Fernandez, is great for Valentine's Day or any other day where a paper puzzle rose is needed. Just be prepared... it's a not just a puzzle origami rose, it's a puzzle folding it.
Check out this video to learn how to fold a yellow flower from a triangular piece of origami paper.
Fold your own gift boxes with this tutorial on how to origami a collapsible box. Traditionally known as a water dish or orisue, this box is a cute way to box up small presents like earrings and necklaces.
In this Arts & Crafts video tutorial you will learn how to Origami a paper envelope without glue or tape. Take a piece of paper and fold it in half hamburger style. Fold the open edge of the top sheet of paper back on itself so it reaches the closed edge. Repeat this step again. Give it a good crease, open it up and fold the open edge back to the middle crease and fold it back along the middle crease. This becomes the bar of the bar envelope. Now fold the other open edge of the paper so that ...
We all have a favorite animal, right? While most of us like conventional animals like dogs and cute pandas, others like more exotic, safari-esque animals like giraffes. If you know a giraffe lover, check out this video to learn how to give him/her the perfect "just because" gift - an origami giraffe.
This may just be one of the coolest origami folding projects we've ever come across at Wonder How To. Yeah, it looks almost impossible to fold and super complex, but if you're an advanced origami folder then this project will be fun to attempt.
Hone your origami folding skills - as well as craft a pirate-chic treasure chest that can actually store your precious plunder - by checking out this origami video. Your finger dexterity will be challenged by the curved fold, an advanced origami fold that leaves the leagues of angular folds behind in the dust.
Similar as origami Earth, here, but more eye attractive Earth globe, which is actually a sphere shaped.
If you've folded more origami cranes and frogs than you can count and you've exercised your fingers to the point that they can do handstands when you're not looking, then you are ready to embark on a truly glorious origami folding mission.
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper football with a $20 bill. First, take the bill and fold it in half length wise. Next, take the bill and fold one of the ends into a triangular shape. After this, fold the triangle over and keep doing this until you get to the end. When you reach the end, and tuck the flap on the end into the pocket you created. After this, you can hold the bill up with your fingers, and flick it with your other fingers. You can use any type of bill to make this, ...
Need a new wallet? Why not make one out of dollar bills? In this video, professional paper folder and co-founder of Origamido Studio, Michael LaFosse, shows WBUR's Here & Now how to fold, origami-style, an "X wallet" out of dollar bills.
What exactly is a snake dragon? Well, as you can see by this origami project, it's a hybrid dragon snake with a slithering, long tail and the head and wings of a dragon.
In this video, Ngai Chun Cheung demonstrates how to make an origami suit jacket. He begins by folding a right triangle and tearing off the excess to make a perfect square. He folds it on both diagonals, then folds the four corners into the center. He turns the paper over and folds all four corners into the center again. Then he turns it over and again folds all four corners into the center. He turns it over and opens the four corners partially and folds them flat to make rectangles on all fou...
Our little sister nearly burst our eardrum when she squeled in glee at seeing cute as a button baby penguins tap dance and jive in the movie "Happy Feet." Baby penguins, being rather spherical in shape and super fuzzy, often become a little girl's favorite animal, and it's easy to see why.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use the ancient Japanese art form of origami to make a butterfly. This is a fairly simple design that's good for beginners, taking only a few minutes to learn. But the results are impressive, making for an elegant decorative item or small gift.
The Dragon is a really neat Model by Robert ("Bob") Neal. It starts with the traditional birdbase and just adds a few creases for a really cool dragon. The model is intermediate, so if you are new to folding maybe you want to try something simpler like the crane first.
The first step to create a boomerang paper airplane is to take a square piece of paper and measure to make sure it is a perfect square. You must then fold all of the corners of the cut of paper into the middle and then fold in half. The wings must then be folded down on the two chosen side. The final step is to fold the wings up to give the crease and cut of paper it's boomerang like shape. The video ends with examples of the type of flight that can be expected from a boomerang shaped paper a...
Dollar bill origami is fun, simple & cute. All you need is a dollar bill and some origami folding skills. Spend your spare dollar on some creativity... and you will end up with a cute origami figurine. Watch this origami money tutorial to learn how to fold a Rhinoceros out of Dollar Bill.
So we have to admit something. We're not entirely sure what this project is. It looks like one of those Sweedish straw ornaments you hang on the tree during Christmas, but then again it could also just be an abstract representation of the sun.
This video origami tutorial shows how to used the traditional Japanese art of paper folding to make Pikachu from Pokemon. I've seen Pikachu tattoos, but this is a slightly less fanatical way to bring a little Pokemon fun into your life. Learn how to fold an origami Pikachu by watching this instructional video.
This video demonstrates how to create a sailing paper ship. Starting with a square piece of paper, the creator shows fold by fold how to make a ship that includes rudders. The final scene is to place the paper ship into some water and let it float!
Fold an origami card case. Origami Club in English is a free origami information site, with origami animations and origami diagrams.
Learn how to make an easy origami dragon A4 instructions. Design, video tutorial and diagram by Ventsislav Vasilev (Origamite) http://goo.gl/LQAXuD
In this how to video you will learn how to origami a vagina. What better way to honor your lady than to make her a paper replica of her vagina.
What better way to express to your sweetheart what love is all about than by giving her an origami rose? Origami roses, unlike the real flowers, last forever (as long as you don't sit on them accidentally) and look beautiful when attached to stems and turned into a bouquet.