Dollar Bill - Origami Compound of Five Tetrahedra

by Edward Holmes
(Stone, Staffordshire, UK)

Dollar Bill - Compound of Five Tetrahedra

Dollar Bill - Compound of Five Tetrahedra

This is my second attempt at this model. Really pleased with the way this one has turned out. The points and folding is a lot crisper than the first one I made.

Its made from 30 units of the same size with a 1:3 ratio. For this one I used an image of a dollar bill printed 18cm by 6cm. In hindsight this is a little too big for an actual dollar bill but the overall effect is great I think.

For instructions on how to make this follow this link: if you would like a hand assembling it I found this video useful to see where each tetrahedra went:

This model is made using Fancis Ow's "60 degree unit" and was designed by Thomas Hull.

If you would like to use the same dollar bill image I used, print 8 copies of this PDF off : This will leave you a couple of spare ones if you mess any up. I found it best to cut the bills out using a craft knife and a metal safety rule.

N.B. It is very important that you ensure no scaling options are selected because the ratio of the bill must be 3:1 for this model to work correctly.

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Apr 22, 2013
Reply to CJ
by: Edward Holmes


Thanks for your comments :) I live in the UK so it's difficult to get my hands on US money. I did however after having practiced a few times go to the travel agents and get $30. You can see the model here:

I found that because the Dollar Bills aren't quite 3:1 I had to fold a tiny bit in on the two long edges before folding each unit.

Feel free to have a look at some of the other pictures of models I have folded :)

Apr 21, 2013
Nice complex Puzzle like $ Model
by: CJ

This is of a nice complex "5 Intersecting Tetrahedra". I actually did this model I think 10 years ago or so for a friend as a birthday present. Being that I had very little experience with Origami at the time, I think I racked my brain for a while when it came to the assembly part, but I think I finished it working at it off and on over the course of several days one week. I did it out of actual US One dollar bills. There's no need to print out any paper with slightly different dimensions then US money to make a model like this.

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