Dollar Bill Animals in Origami

Dollar Bill Animals in Origami

by John Montroll


$16.95 View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, September 18


John Montroll has consistently expanded the limits of the ancient art of paper folding. Now in this exciting volume of more than 30 original models, the world-renowned origami master departs from the traditional square form and crafts each creation from an ordinary dollar bill.
Using the familiar rectangular shape as a base, Dollar Bill Animals in Origami offers easy-to-follow diagrams for folders at every level of expertise, from beginner to expert. You may use actual dollar bills or any paper cut to the same proportions to create a stunning display of animals of land, air, and sea: giraffe, unicorn, dinosaur, parrot, owl, shark, and many others. Also included are pictures of each completed project and instructions for basic folds. With this innovative book an exciting journey in origami art is as close as the nearest dollar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486824062
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 07/18/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 523,925
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, the American origami master presents meticulously developed folding sequences that allow folders to create better models with fewer steps.

Read an Excerpt


Dollar bill folds have become very popular in origami. The paper is of good folding quality; its size, proportions, and even colors make it an interesting medium to use. You can learn how to fold a wealth of projects including a shark, turtle, apatosaurus, deer, and 28 other models.

Dollar bill folds have been a novelty for some time. Magicians often used them for tricks, stunning audiences who knew that whatever happened, cutting could not be involved. As origami developed in this country, many folders took to the dollar bill because it folds well, has always been available, and has a very adaptable rectangular shape.

I have enjoyed designing these models. Though I generally fold from squares, the dollar bill has an interesting proportion that lends itself well to animal design. In some ways, it is easier to fold animals from rectangles than from squares because animals' bodies are inherently long, allowing for more efficiency from a rectangle.

It is up to you which side of the dollar bill should show in finished models. Although the diagrams use white and shading to represent the dollar bill's two sides, you may choose which side of the actual bill you wish to show; generally, the diagrams will show predominantly the shaded side. However, the final drawings of each model are completely shaded and do not distinguish between the two sides.

Of course you do not need to fold from dollar bills. Any paper can easily be cut to form the proportions of a bill. My favorite method, shown on page 10, shows an easy way to approximate the proportions given a square or rectangle. The diagrams conform to the internationally approved Randlett-Yoshizawa style.

Origami supplies can be found in arts and craft shops, or at Dover Publications online: You can also visit OrigamiUSA at for origami supplies and other related information including an extensive list of local, national, and international origami groups.

I wish to thank the origami community for encouraging me to write this book. Thanks to my editors, Jeremy and Josh Korr. Of course I also thank the many folders who proof-read the diagrams.

John Montroll


Excerpted from "Dollar Bill Animals in Origami"
by .
Copyright © 2018 John Montroll.
Excerpted by permission of Dover Publications, Inc..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Table of Contents

Symbols, 9,
Dollar Bills from a Square, 10,
Basic Folds, 118,
Sailboat, page 11,
Fish, page 14,
Starfish, page 17,
Seahorse, page 19,
Shark, page 22,
Duck, page 26,
Swan, page 28,
Owl, page 30,
Parrot, page 33,
Toucan, page 35,
Penguin, page 38,
Sparrow, page 41,
Rooster, page 48,
Snake, page 52,
Crane, page 44,
Triceratops, page 60,
Turtle, page 54,
Apatosaurus, page 57,
Dog, page 70,
Pig, page 64,
Sitting Cat, page 67,
Unicorn, page 82,
Rabbit, page 78,
Mouse, page 74,
Cow, page 87,
Horse, page 86,
Kangaroo, page 91,
Rhinoceros, page 99,
Elephant, page 95,
Camel, page 106,
Deer, page 102,
Giraffe, page 112,

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Dollar Bill Animals in Origami 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've boughten and checked out from library many books for folding dollar bills, and had a lot of success with the instructions. I checked out this book from the library and after many days and hours could not follow the instructions and failed completely. So this is why I am not buying this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! It has some really good models for dollar bill origami. Some of the steps in this book are tricky and hard to follow, but if you know all your origami folds, just do the fold he tells you to do and it will work out. Lots of these models are not flat, but 3D'ish, so the folds won't line up like he shows in the book until you realize that it's not flat. Whatever the case, i made all the models in this book. They all work. But alot of the models become more art then following the instructions. Just takes a little practice :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book on money folding should use dollar bills in the diagram for more assistance in making the folds. Difficult to follow since just blank paper was used in the diagrams.