The ancient art of folding paper into pleasing shapes.
Several masters of the art of origami have thankfully created wonderful websites for you to explore. Also, hundreds of origami fans have compiled big lists of their favorite sites and models, so I won't do that here. Here are just the crucial points to get started.
||The most common shape of
paper to use in origami is square. Most art supply stores will have sheafs
of brightly colored paper designed for origami, with square sheets that
are colored on one side only. Some specialty stores will have interesting
textures or patterns to the papers, too.
Some people find other standard shapes of paper to create interesting origami, also. Playing cards, business cards, or money are often made in very specific heights and widths, and people have made great models from these non-square sheets. Some like to fold their letters into self-contained envelopes, too.
The Klutz Press people published a book by Anne Akers Johnson, called The Buck Book. It provides how-to instruction for folding seven models, ranging from a very simple badge to a fairly complicated peacock. It's aimed at novices of origami, and doesn't introduce terms like "squash-fold" or "water-bomb base" even though the models do use the techniques.
One of my favorite reasons for folding dollar bills into pretty shapes is to reward waitresses with pretty tips. If I leave a jumping frog or a peacock on the table, instead of a pile of bills and coins, I'm remembered well the next time I eat there.
I created the dollar bill butterfly (buckerfly) model above, while in a restaurant in March of 1999. I was looking for something new to leave behind. After trying a couple variations and settling on one, I searched one of the online archives and found that someone else had published a very similar design five years earlier. My design is slightly more detailed, so I'm still posting it here.
Jump for a step-by-step diagram to create your own buckerfly with your own paper money.
This was the last known link to A. Anselmo's simpler
dollar-bill butterfly at the Netherlands origami archive site.