Money Horse

22 Awesome Origami Models Folded Using Paper Money

Most traditional origami is done using a single square sheet of paper however certain models require that rectangular sheets of paper with certain proportions are used.

Because the paper money of different countries are all different sizes this gives you a bunch of differently shaped rectangles to fold origami out of while also giving you constraints when you try to design models.

There's actually been a lot of origami made from folding paper money and the different colours used on the bills from different countries can also give the finished piece a colourful and unique look that you wouldn't normally see with regular origami paper.

Alexandr Pak has designed a couple of great origami trees using paper money.

Origami Money Tree

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Origami Money TreeDesigned and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a great little origami pig folded using a Vietnamese note.

Origami Pig

Pig, Designed and Folded by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a tiny origami shrimp which I believe is also folded from a Vietnamese bill.

Origami money shrimp

Shrimp 1.0, Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

In addition to the fantastic trees Alexandr Pak also designed a great paper money rose.

Origami Paper Money Roses

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a great origami bike that's folded from 7 20 Euro bills.

Origami Money Bike

Bike, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

To go along with the awesome trees and roses Alexandr Pak has designed these fantastic money cacti.

Origami Money Cactus

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Origami Money Cactus

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a fantastic little horse folded from one bill.

Origami Money Horse

Horse, Designed by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a quite detailed little money insect which couldn't have been easy to fold.

Origami Money Insect

Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Graciela Vincente Rafales designed this fantastic little money dragon.

Origami Money Dragon

Dragon, Designed by Graciela Vincente Rafales and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine 122

Original image on Flickr

 

This is another model that couldn't have been easy to fold out of a 2000VNĐ bill.

Origami Money Crab

Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

There are lots of beautiful goldfish that people have folded out of different bills, this excellent one is folded from a single 500 VNĐ bill.

Origami Money Goldfish

Goldfish, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This is another great looking tiny model that couldn't have been easy to fold.

Origami Money Squid

Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's NGUYỄN Hùng Cường's awesome origami horse again this time folded by the designer themself. It's folded from a single 2000 VNĐ bill.

Origami Money Horse

Horse, Designed and Folded by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This is a fantastic and cute turtle design by Alexandr Pak.

Origami Money Turtles

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This is an excellent guppy design and the colours in paper money bills are perfect for making the guppy's tail.

Origami Money Guppy

Poecilia reticulata, Designed and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This amazing little train is completely folded from a single U.S. dollar bill.

Origami Money Train

Train, Designed by Emmanuel Mooser and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Diagrams available in Moosers' Train: The Origami Train Set

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a great little excavator folded from a 500 ruble bill.

Origami Money Excavator

Excavator, Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

One of the most famous origami models out there is Eric Joisel's dwarf. Here it is slightly modified and folded out of money.

Origami Money Dwarf

Dwarf, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Diagrams available in Eric Joisel - The Magician of Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's that great 2000 VNĐ origami horse again.

Origami Money Horse 3

Horse, Designed by Nguyễn Hùng Cường and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Our final model is this excellent and very colourful origami goldfish.

Origami Money Goldfish

Designed and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

If you're interested in folding some dollar bill origami yourself check out the book Easy Dollar Bill Origami or if you're looking for more of a challenge check out the book Dollar Origami: 10 Origami Projects Including the Amazing Koi Fish which includes Won Park's really awesome dollar koi.


Paper Flowers

42 Beautiful Origami Flowers that Look Almost like the Real Thing

Paper roses such as the Kawasaki Rose are a pretty popular thing to fold however many different artists have folded a wide variety of different flowers.

Often times these flowers are so good that they look exactly like the real thing, especially if they're planted in flower pots. The advantage of course is that these flowers will never wilt.

The first set of flowers we'll look at this this bleeding heart model. The entire branch of flowers is folded from one sheet of paper. This particular photo has been colour corrected in Photoshop because the folder didn't have pink and white paper but it is designed to have that colour change if you're using paper that's pink on one side and white on the other.

Bleeding Heart
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28704124@N03/10613603335/

Bleeding Heart, Designed and Folded by Daniel Robinson

Instructions not available

 

If you're ok with using a bunch of different sheets of paper you can fold something incredible like this flower tree.

Flower Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gonzalobe/16430275022/

The Tree Grows, Designed and Folded by Gonzalo Benavente

Instructions not available

 

When it comes to folding origami flowers and plants Tran Trung Hieu is an absolute master, here's his dandelion plant folded at different stages on its life.

Dandelion Plant
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/9568700489/

Sprouting Dandelion, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Dandelion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/14427076475/

Dendelion v1.3, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's a beautiful paper vase with two wild roses.

Wild Roses
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/29625577372/

Wild Roses Designed by Nilva Fina Pillan and Vas Designed by Tomoko Fuse. All Folded by Andrea Borsa

Wild rose diagrams available in Origami fioriti

Vase diagrams available in ORU Magazine #9

 

Tran Trung Hieu folded these beautiful origami flowers as a gift for his friend. His friend is certainly lucky to receive a gift that looks this nice!

Primula
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/12030472165/

Primula, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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Here's an absolutely beautiful orchid design by Sebastien Limet. The flower itself is folded from a frog base and the rest of the plant is folded using a couple extra sheets of paper with different colours.

Spirit Flower
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/28251070531/

Spirit Flower, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Planting these origami flowers in little pots with some real stones is a very nice touch.

Cyclamen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/26007329785/

Cyclamen, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Diagrams available in Hana No Origami

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Peter Keller has been experimenting and developing his own origami rose design. Here are a few different variations of his rose.

Orange Roses
https://www.flickr.com/photos/syngola/21581303954/

Origami Roses, Orange, Designed and Folded by Peter Keller

Instructions not available

 

Both the flowers themselves and the photography here are really beautiful.

Amaryllis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/28254339372/

Amaryllis, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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Here's a beautiful potted origami flower plant by Hsi-Min Tai.

Potted Flower Plant
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbco/27450741475/

Designed and Folded by Hsi-Min Tai

Instructions not available

 

The partially budded flowers here really make this plant look like it could almost be real.

Freesia Laxa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8758782154/

Freesia laxa, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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Here's another incredible potted origami flower plant.

Hydrangea
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/25407376412/

Hydrangea 2010, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's a beautiful Narcissus flower. The colours and everything in this photo is perfect.

Narcissus Flower
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/17775100951/

Narcissus, Designed by Nilva Fina Pillan and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Instructions not available

 

Each of these beautiful hydrangea flowers is a single sheet of paper and each leaf is also a single sheet of paper. The whole package looks amazing and was folded for a new year challenge on an origami forum.

Hydrangea Plant
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/5585183949/

Hydrangea, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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Here's another beautiful pot of paper flowers that Tran Trung Hieu gave away to another lucky friend.

Desert Evening Primrose
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/14720156281/

Desert Evening Primrose, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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I absolutely love the colouring on this pentagonal flower by Luc MARNAT. This is an excellent example of how the kind of paper you use to fold a model can make a huge impact.

Pentagonal Flower
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6077084795/

FleurPentagonale, Designed and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Instructions not available

 

Tran Trung Hieu has designed a ton of amazing origami orchids such as this oncidium.

Oncidium
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/7996338641/

Oncidium 2012, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here are some more of his amazing orchids.

Cattleya of Happiness
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/22982877570/

Cattleya of Happiness, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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This Calla Lily was folded for Mother's Day and certainly would make a fantastic gift.

Calla Lily
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/8732389991

Calla Lily, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Here we have a whole vine of a made-up species of tropical flowers. I love how it's growing up the stick in the middle, just like a real vine. Although that stick probably needs to be there to support the whole model...

Tropical Vine
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8376054894/

Tropical Vine, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Morisue Kei has designed an incredible elaborate origami sun flower. The entire flower, leaves and stem is all folded from one sheet of paper!

Sun Flower
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/13925559710/

Sunflower, Designed by Morisue Kei and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Crease Pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 131

 

Tran Trung Hieu has designed an incredible origami Anthurium and I can't believe how life-like it looks.

Anthurium Plant
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/22226707439/

Anthurium, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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Here's another excellent flower tree. The tree itself is one sheet of paper and each flower is its own sheet of paper.

Flower Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/6875916470/

Tree V2, Designed by Cu' Kim Ngoc and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Tree diagrams available from origami.artists.free.fr

 

Here's another beautiful pot full of origami flowers.

Stardrops
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/12187658455/

Stardrops, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's another absolutely amazing looking origami orchid design. This is a specific orchid that grows in the Anatolian regions of Turkey.

Anatolian Orchid
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_marmalade/7157591929/

Anatolian Orchid (Orchis anatolica), Designed and Folded by Kunsulu

Diagrams available in 4 Esquinas Issue #12

 

I love the colours used here for these orchids.

Orchids
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/14703582436/

Orchid HB, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's a beautiful looking Bird of Paradise flower. The paper used here is incredible and makes the flower look very life-like.

Bird of Paradise Flower
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sin_cynic_666/19296769200/

Bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae) flower, Designed and Folded by James Lucas

Diagrams available from Origami USA

 

Here's another beautiful origami orchid by Tran Trung Hieu.

Cattleya
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/12202367626/

Cattleya BC (Brassocattleya), Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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This next origami flower is a species of orchid called a Phalaenopsis or more commonly known as a moth orchid. It's one of the most popular species of orchid and native to southern Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Phalaenopsis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbco/26994429126/

Phalaenopsis, Designed and Folded by Hsi-Min Tai

Instructions not available

 

These summer flare flowers certainly look like a flare or some kind of fireworks or explosion.

Summer Flare
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/11887649056/

Summer Flare, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's something a bit different but quite cute, several origami flowering cacti.

Three Cactus Plants
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/5231299181/

Cactus in a Pot, Designed by David Petty and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Diagrams available in Origami 1-2-3

 

Crocus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/10611746654/

We haven't seen any crocuses yet and these ones are really beautiful. The flower pot again is a really nice touch.

Crocus, Designed by Yoshihide Momotani and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Diagrams available in Origami Alpine Flowers

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Here's another great little origami flower pot with an excellent choice of paper.

Flower Pot
https://www.flickr.com/photos/syngola/22079938392/

Autumn Flowerpot, Designed and Folded by Peter Keller

Instructions not available

 

The level of detail on these paper pansies is incredible!

Pansies
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8732135296/

Pansy 1.4, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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This is an older pansy design by Tran Trung Hieu but it's still fantastic looking.

Pansy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/4996535768/

Pansy, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

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Here's another beautiful origami orchid. It's a specific species of orchid called Psychopsis that grows in Central American and the northern part South America.

Psychopsis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/8036484490/

Psychopsis, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Tran Trung Hieu designed these flowers for a contest and we definitely think they deserve to win.

Erythronium Americanum
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/7112196141/

Erythronium Americanum, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's another absolutely incredible Psychopsis design by Andrey Ermakov. This entire model including the pot, stem and flower is all folded from the same sheet of paper! He used a 1m x 2m sheet of paper that's pink on one side and green on the other. The colour changes in the design make it so the stem is green and everything else is pink which could not have been easy to design! It took 25 hours to fold the whole thing.

Psychopsis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/8032479880/

Psychopsis krameriana op.127, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions are available in Andrey Ermakov's book

 

Here's another amazing looking pot of origami orchids.

Orchids
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/25962637316/

Orchid NVH, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's another beautiful collection of origami roses made by Peter Keller.

Lotus Roses
https://www.flickr.com/photos/syngola/28426009291/

Lotus Roses, Designed and Folded by Peter Keller

Instructions not available

 

Our final image this post is this pot of beautiful looking origami orchids by Tran Trung Hieu.

Orchids
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/13606638844/

Orchid-NT2, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Which one of these origami flowers is your favourite? Let us know in the comments and be sure to share this post on your social media if you enjoyed it. It helps a lot.

If you want to see more beautiful origami flowers and plants check out all these amazing origami artists on their Flickr pages, especially Tran Trung Hieu who is an absolute master at creating origami flowers.