Money Origami, Flower Edition: 10 Different Ways to Fold a Dollar Bill into a Blossoming Bloom
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.
Fast forward about 300 years, and Jiaozi became the first official paper currency in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu. These notes were stamped with official seals to ensure that no one made false copies. Even in the tenth century, counterfeiting was a concern.
Today, the word jiaozi is more likely to be associated with delicious Chinese dumplings. but paper money is still used in many countries. Even so, with the widespread use of debit cards and the rising popularity of digital wallets. it may not be long before the dollar bill has had its day.
So, what are we going to do with all that worthless paper when we finally become a cashless society? Dollar bills are quite useful
when it comes to bar tricks. and you can use one to crack open a cold one or even roll a cigarette. If you want to do something more artsy, there's always monigami .
Origami has been around since the 17th century, but the art of folding money, or monigami for those who are in the in, is relatively new. You can fold money into hundreds of shapes, like a tiny box or shirt and tie. but flowers are some of the most popular projects, especially when Mother's Day comes around.
What mom wouldn't like a flower made of cold hard cash?
So, here are ten different types of flowers you can origami out of a few bucks, for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, or pretty much any other day of the year.
The Plumeria Flower
In Asian folklore, the plumeria is believed to house ghosts and demons, and in Malaysia it's associated with vampires. It also happens to be one of the simplest flowers to fold since it only requires one bill.
Check out the video below to see how to fold a plumeria blossom (the tutorial starts around 2:25). Just make sure you have a clove of garlic or some holy water nearby.