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.
Sounds like an anomaly, right? When I was a kid folding frogs, my mother gave me origami paper that was most certainly dry. But the works below by Vietnamese-American artist Giang Dinh were folded with one *wet* piece of paper. It's a technique called "Wet-Folding", invented by the great Japanese origami master Akira Yushizawa (pictured right).
With Valentine's Day looming in our midst, it's high time to start thinking about what you'll be cooking up and crafting for your sweetheart. But instead of spending any money on anything, just keep one thing in mind—everybody loves cold hard cash, even as a valentine gift. So, instead of spending your dough, fold it into a beautiful origami heart to give your loved one. Better yet—make a whole bouquet of folded dollar bill hearts. What could be sweeter than a bunch of heart flowers made of m...
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.
This video demonstrates how to make a cheetah. Starting with cheetah paper the author makes a series of folds and cuts to result in a paper cheetah. You will need a pair of scissors for this craft.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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In this great dollar bill origami tutorial from Orikane, you learn how to make a fantastic dollar bill origami dog inspired by Tien Nguyen.
Want to hone your origami folding skills but don't want to go through the monetary trouble of purchasing (sometimes pricey) origami paper? Then worry not; simply watch this easy origami tutorial to learn how to fold a basic cube using a single dollar bill (which we hope you have at least one of).
Check out this how-to video if you want to origami a tetrahedron with a rectangular shaped paper. Maybe you are an expert at origami or maybe you don't know the first thing about origami; either way, check out this fun, origami instructional video for mastering a tetrahedron with a rectangular shaped paper.
Learn how to make an origami eagle with expert tips on folding origami animals in this free video series on the ancient Japanese art of origami.
In this video we learn how to make a paper rose from newspaper. First, fold a red piece of paper into a small triangle. After this, fold it into quarters on both the right and left side. After this, you will have a slight flower shape. Take a pair of scissors and cut diagonally across from this, then open it up. Then, wrap the flower around a pen to create realistic petals. When finished, make more of these to create a bouquet of flowers. Use different colors and different types of papers to ...
This is a good instructional video on how to fold a tiny paper crane. Paper used was cut to about the same size as a penny.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to fold a 3D origami pyramid. This craft is fun to make and will definitely impress anyone who sees it.
Looking to add specimens to your paper menagerie? Make a folded-paper fox puppet with origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions for making your own foxes from a sheet of folded paper. For more information, and to get started making your own paper foxes, take a look!
We learn an easy and fun way to make an origami heart out of a dollar bill. No supplies needed. Just the dollar bill and two capable hands. First fold up the bottom of the bill. Then fold it in half. Fold both sides into triangles bringing them to the middle. Turn over in. Fold in inside corners. Then the outside corners, rounding into a heart. Make sure the creases on the sides are well done. Flatten the paper out with palm to make it completely flat. And there in your hands you have a paper...
Learn how to make an easy origami dragon A4 instructions. Design, video tutorial and diagram by Ventsislav Vasilev (Origamite) http://goo.gl/LQAXuD
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.
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.
In this dollar bill origami tutorial learn how to make an elephant from a single dollar bill.
Just as night follows day, the summer and fall baby season follows wedding season in the spring. Lots of cute young ones seem to get popped out by the dozen during the summer, often prompting baby showers and other baby-themed events.
For all your origami enthusiasts, take your art of origami to greater heights by using a dollar bill to create the impossible—fireworks! In this two-part video tutorial, learn how to fold origami fireworks from a single dollar bill. It's a great origami project for the 4th of July or New Year's Eve.
Your New Year's party guests will swear these are the real thing and perhaps even pick one up to pour some Chardonnay in if you're not careful! This origami tutorial shows you how to fold realistic - and damn cute - martini glasses.
This video shows the viewer how to fold an origami butterfly using a dollar bill. The woman in the video demonstrates the step-by-step technique used to create the butterfly with the dollar bill. Overall there are seven required steps to take an ordinary dollar bill and fold it into a butterfly. The woman carefully explains and demonstrates each step with great detail, so that by the end, the viewer should also be able to fold a dollar bill into a butterfly.
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 dollar bill to form a boot or bow tie.
With this guide, you'll learn how to make a folded-paper stellated octahedron with origami, the traditional art of Japanese paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own colorful paper octahedrons, watch this free origami lesson.
This art and crafts tutorial video shows how to make a pencil cup or holder using origami. Watch this video and learn how to make a pencil, pen holder using just a piece of ordinary paper. This is a great instructional video and the presenter in the shows the procedure in a very detailed and step-wise manner.
These instructional animated slides teach you how to easily fold a paper pineapple Japanese style. Learn how to use the Japanese art of origami to make your own paper pineapple. Use the start, stop, forward and back buttons to easily follow along. You can also speed up the instructional origami video if it is going too slow. Very cool Japanese origami how-to video! Origami a pineapple Japanese style.
Michael LaFosse is at it again and this time he's bringing a little fortune into your future! Work along with the master as he shows you step by step instructions in this how-to video on how to fold a fortune cookie box. This project makes a perfect party favor! Follow along with this video origami tutorial and learn how to fold a fortune cookie. Origami a fortune cookie.
Learn how to make a throwing star out of paper. This video demonstrates how to make the popular paper shuriken. Ninja stars are fun, simple projects. Directions are easy, may take a little practice. Remember never throw this shuriken at people or animals.
When it comes to origami, does it get more basic than the crane? Well, other than an origami box, an origami crane is one of the essential beginner origami projects that origami students learn on their way to achieving folded bliss.
In this video, we learn how to make a paper flower with a simple piece of paper. First, fold the paper in a triangle shape from each side. Then, fold the paper in the middle and then fold it into a square on all the sides. Next, you will fold the outer tabs into the square to make a triangle. After this, you will flip it over and to the same thing on the outside. This will complete your flower and make it look fantastic! Have fun making this and if you do mess it up just try again with anothe...
Robert Lang teaches how to fold an origami sparrow. Robert Lang is an origami artist showing in galleries and museums. Learn how to origami with an expert.
Watch this video to learn how to fold a origami crane, but not just any ol' crane, this is a flapping crane. If folded right, when you pull the tail of this origami flapping crane, its wings should flutter like a bird. Now, if only this thing could fly!
This video takes us through how to create a paper flower. To begin you will need between 5 and 8 pages of colored tissue paper for each flower you want to create. There are multiple options for the paper so mixing and matching is definitely okay for this project. Next, you want to lay the paper one on top of the other so it creates a neat stack, the neater the stack the easier it will be to fold. Now fold the paper stack like you would to create a paper fan until you reach the end. You want t...
This is a video tutorial in the Arts & Crafts category where you are going to learn how to make origami llamas. Take a square sheet of paper and fold it in half. Open the fold and then fold each half further in halves. The sheet is now divided in to 4 parts. Next fold the outer flaps inwards so that they meet at the center. Flip the folded sheet and fold it in half to make it a square size. Next you fold the top back over itself in a triangular shape. Open up the last fold and watch the video...