How to Make an Origami Cross out of a Dollar

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Origami is the craft of folding to achieve a specific design. In Japanese, origami means "paper-folding;" however, the art actually originated in China in 102 A.D. and later made its way to Korea and Japan. Today, in the 21st century, origami is a hobby and craft in cultures throughout the world -- used to decorate gifts, make holiday decorations and simply to occupy time. Everything from people and animals to shapes can be made. An origami cross is best for people who have some origami skill.

Things You'll Need

  • Dollar bill
  • Fold the dollar bill in half vertically, crease and unfold.

  • Fold the bill in thirds horizontally, crease and unfold .

  • Fold the bill in half vertically and crease.

  • Fold only the tip of the bottom left corner up slightly, crease and unfold.

  • Fold the entire left side of the bill in to meet the crease mark.

  • Flip the bill over.

  • Fold the left side of the bill directly on the horizontal crease closest to the right side of the paper.

  • Turn the bill in a counterclockwise direction 90 degrees.

  • Fold the upper left tip of the bill down toward the center of the bill and flatten. Then fold the left third of the paper horizontally to meet the start of the center third of the paper.

  • Fold the left side of the bill again horizontally in to meet the center of the center third of the bill.

  • Fold the upper right tip of the bill down toward the center of the bill and flatten. Then fold the right third of the paper to meet the start of the center third of the paper.

  • Fold the right side of the bill again horizontally to meet the center of the center third of the bill.

  • Fold the center strip into thirds as if you were folding a fan. You should now have the horizontal piece of the cross. The back layer of the bill should be behind the horizontal piece.

  • Fold the back layer of the bill vertically as if you were folding a fan until it cross with the center strip to form the vertical piece of the cross. You now have a cross.

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