Origami ninja stars are fun to make and extremely popular as paper toys. However, not many people realize that you can also fold a modified ninja star from a dollar bill. This makes for a clever way to leave a tip for a helpful service person or to give a cash gift for a birthday, graduation, or another special occasion.
Like all money origami projects, you'll get the best results from your ninja stars if you have crisp bills to work with. If needed, you can try ironing the bills with medium heat using light strokes.
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Fold the Bill in Half Lengthwise
You will need two bills to make a ninja star. To begin, fold the first dollar bill in half lengthwise. It does not matter which side of the bill you place face up on the table. However, the pattern on your finished star will vary depending on what side you began with.
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Corner to Corner
Fold the bill in half down the middle, then unfold. Fold the top corner to the left and the bottom corner to the right as shown.
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Fold Corners Up and Down
Flip your dollar bill over. Fold the left corner up and the right corner down as shown.
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Twist Folds and Repeat
Unfold the left corner, fold in the part of the bill that is hanging over the edge, and then refold. Repeat the process with the right corner.
Repeat the steps with a second dollar bill to create another identically folded unit.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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The Star Takes Shape
Arrange the units as shown. If necessary, place the crisper of the bills on the bottom to help the finished star hold its shape better.
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Tuck Into Pockets
Fold each point of the star up. Tuck the final point into the first point to keep the star closed.
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Optional Step: Create a Garland
A single origami ninja star made from the currency in the denomination of your choice makes for a cute tip for a waiter or waitress. When they are strung together, however, money origami ninja stars help create a garland that can be used to make a very memorable gift.
Flip your completed dollar bill shuriken over and thread a wide grosgrain ribbon through the back. Alternate money origami ninja stars with stars made from regular origami paper to make a garland of the desired length. Making an origami ninja star is easier with square, crisp origami paper than it is with money.