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December 25, 2011

12 Days of Christmas with Money Origami

By UFXMarkets

You don’t need an easel or modeling clay to create art. Some of the coolest, most original art is made out of everyday objects. Money origami is the perfect example — it’s a way of taking something mundane and making it beautiful and fun.

Money origami is a great way for you to pad your savings account! Instead of spending your hard earned cash, save the money in your wallet for an evening of money origami. Tell your grandmother to remove her savings account from underneath her sheets, and liven up the holidays with a money origami session!

Money origami is a great activity for friends and family over the holidays. Give it a try with our “12 days of Money Origami.” This is an activity that even your kids will enjoy. Your 5-year old will have no idea she’s padding her college savings with this finance craft.

Here are 12 coolest money origami made from cash (watch the slideshow below) for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Happy holiday!

12 days of Money Origami
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1. On the first day of Christmas, my money made for me … one Dow Dyno!

Messing around with tree sap to get dinosaur DNA isn’t the only way to bring dinosaurs back from extinction. Whip out a few dollar bills, and you can craft an awesome dinosaur by using just your own two hands! This little creature can live on the restaurant table and totally impress your waiter or waitress.

2. On the second day of Christmas, my money made for me … two debt free dragons.  This baby dragon is pretty complex and should only be approached by dollar-folding experts. But you don’t have to be an origami pro to appreciate what a few bucks and a little hard work can create (which, in this case, is an adorable mythical creature)! Stop burning your cash, and create a fire breathing monster that will actually add to your savings.

3. On the third day of Christmas, my money made for me … three safety-net shirts.  Getting clothes has never been so easy (or cheap!) All it takes is a single dollar bill to make a collared T-shirt. This is a great way to dress to impress. With a shirt made out of money, you can’t go wrong. (Tutorial video here)

Ladies and gents, you’ll wish shopping for outfits could be this easy, cheap and fun!

4. On the fourth day of Christmas my money made for me… four earning elephants.  The origami elephant isn’t hard to make, but it’s very impressive looking. It’s definitely worth trying this out, and it only takes one dollar. There are a couple of tutorial videos for the elephant, and they all vary a little. So if you’re searching for one, fast forward to the end to see the final product. (Tutorial video here)

5. On the fifth day of Christmas my money made for me… five bargain butterflies.  Butterflies are one of the easiest and most elegant origami money options to work on, so you might want to start with this shape and go from there. This creative butterfly would be a great way to get your youngest daughter interested in finance! (Tutorial video here)

6. On the sixth day of Christmas my money made for me… six sinking boat funds.  The sailboat is a classic, though, because of its simplicity and familiarity. Create a whole collection of boats, and add it to your office decorations (tutorial video here). This origami shows that you’re financially savvy in your savings, and you can be creative!

7. On the seventh day of Christmas my money made for me… seven capital cranes.  These origami cranes are great, but what makes them awesome is how they’re perched over a tip jar. Talk about a creative way to catch your customers’ attention! Add your crane to your own coin jar, and catch your attention as a reminder to drop in your coins.

8. On the eighth day of Christmas my money made for me… eight hedge heart funds.  You’d think a heart would be the easiest paper origami shape to make, but this heart is a little more intricate and thus a little more impressive.

9. On the ninth day of Christmas my money made for me… nine rainy day umbrellas.  Create a mini umbrella with the few bucks in your pocket. Unfortunately, it’ll be a little too small to protect you from any real rain, and dollars aren’t really the best water-resistant material, either. But hey, you’re saving money for a rainy day!

10. On the tenth day of Christmas my money made for me… ten banker's bow ties.
Making a money bowtie is a crafty way of taking a stuffed animal or doll and making it more creative. Dollar bowties can also be used for costumes or decoration, so you can’t really go wrong! If you’re looking for an April Fool’s Day idea, why not add a dollar bow tie to your attire? People will get a great laugh, and you’ll be saving buck!

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas my money made for me… eleven face value fish.  Money koi is another advanced money origami endeavor, but it’s too cool not to include on this list. Aspire to get good enough at origami to make a few of these and create your own paper koi pond! It makes your office Zen, and instead of sinking money into a pond, you’re adding money to your account.

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas my money made for me… twelve piggyback pigs.  The trick with pigs is to make sure their snouts are perfect, otherwise it can end up looking like a dog or a goat or any other animal, really (Tutorial video here). Take the time to craft that part perfectly, and you’ll have an awesome example of origami!

So whether you’re a beginning or have been making origami figures since you were 10 years old, there are awesome money origami pieces out there for you to try. Sometimes taking a classic origami structure and applying it to money can be a challenge in itself, but it’s fun to figure it out!

(This article was contributed by UFXMarkets, photo credit - blogymate.com)

The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters

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