How to Make an Easy Origami Dollar Shirt

Dollar Bill Shirt
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Project Overview
  • Yield: 1 origami shirt
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Learn how to make the simplest of money origami: the dollar bill shirt! Whether this is for a parent, significant other, friend, or colleague, the recipient will appreciate the extra time and effort you spent on folding this. All you need is some sort of monetary bill of any amount, such as $1, $5, $10, $20 or higher.

What You'll Need


  • 1 Monetary bill of any value


  1. Create a Crease

    Start by placing the bill with the side that you don't want to be seen facing up. Take the bottom edge of your dollar bill or paper and fold it up to the top edge, creasing well. Then, unfold the bill. Next, take the top and the bottom edge and fold them neatly into that central crease.

    Easy Origami Dollar Shirt Tutorial 01
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    Make your folds as neat and crisp as possible for the best end result.

  2. Create the "Collar"

    Fold one end of your paper over to the other side. You can make this fold any size you'd like—this will be your "collar," so you can decide how tall your collar will be. Keep your paper facing with the flaps facing up.

    Concentrating on the end with the collar flap, take the bottom right corner and fold it diagonally up to meet the central crease. Again, you can experiment with the angles here. Next, fold the top right corner down to match the bottom one.

    Easy Origami Dollar Shirt Tutorial 02
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  3. Fold the Middle of the "Shirt"

    Next, fold the left end of your "shirt" about a third of the way over to the right. For longer shirts, fold it so the top edge is lower than a third to the right. When you've folded the left end over to the right again, tuck it under the "collar" and crease well.

    Open out your last few folds and rotate your paper so that you are looking at the end with no collar. Open out the flaps and reverse the outer folds, as shown. Hold on to these pleats as you flatten the shirt back down, and they will become the "arms."

    Easy Origami Dollar Shirt Tutorial 03
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  4. Finish the Folds

    Fold the bottom edge back up, flip the paper over, and pop it under the shirt's collar. The origami shirt is now complete! If you found any of these steps tricky, use a video tutorial to finalize the model.

    Easy Origami Dollar Shirt Tutorial 04
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