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.
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How to Make an Origami Ninja Star with Money!
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. Alternatively, you can use the printable money, which you find here. However, the result won't be as good!
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How to Make an Origami Ninja Star with Money - Step 1
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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How to Make an Origami Ninja Star with Money - Step 3
Flip your dollar bill over. Fold the left corner up and the right corner down as shown in the photo to the left.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Create a Garland
A single origami ninja star made from 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. The About Origami article How to Make a Ninja Star demonstrates how to fold stars from square origami paper.