5 Money Origami Tricks: Great Ways To Leave A Tip

March 25, 2023

I was over at a Japanese friend’s house the other night and he started to show me how to make origami with Japanese money. We were having a great time when he said, “The only problem is that there is no tipping in Japan. When I was In the US, I would fold the dollar bills there and leave them as tips. It was so much fun watching the waitresses when they went to gather the tips. I miss doing that.”

That’s when it occurred to me that it really would be fun to leave your tips as origami. At the very least you would leave an impression and likely the people at the restaurant would remember you from that day forward whenever you came in. So here are five origami that should leave a lasting impression when you leave a tip:

#5 Shirt:

Origami Dollar Bill Shirt

Here are the directions to make the shirt. Below is a video showing how to fold the shirt.

#4 Bow Tie

Origami Dollar Bill Bow Tie

Here are the directions to make the Bow Tie and here is a the bow tie being made in a video

#3 Spider

Origami Dollar Bill Spider

You need five $1 bills to make this origami. Here are the directions to make the Spider

#2 Rosette

Origami Dollar Bill Rosette

Here are the directions to make the Rosette

#1 Accordion (pleated) Dollar

I couldn’t find the design or someone folding it, but this was just too cool not to place as number one. The design comes from the book “Origami to Astonish and Amuse” which you can pick up for under $10 at Amazon and is probably available at your public library. I have heard it’s an excellent source if you would like to leave even more amazing origami shapes and figures as tips. Take the time to learn how to fold a dollar bill in a few different ways and it will make leaving a tip at the restaurant an enjoyable part of the meal.

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41 Responses to “5 Money Origami Tricks: Great Ways To Leave A Tip”

  1. Nick on September 1st, 2007 11:33 am

    Here’s instructions that can help with your #1 origami

    What I’d like instructions on is how to make this rose which requires only one bill.

  2. Ms Origami on April 21st, 2008 4:00 pm

    Not one great idea, but five!! Wow! Don’t like the spider though… ICK! The poor waiter would probably swat it rather than pick it up! Well, maybe if you didn’t like the service, then it would be appropriate! LOL! I love it! Thanks!

  3. Chos on May 7th, 2008 8:26 am

    lol I really like the spider, but it seems like quite hard to do ;)

  4. Family Reunion Games on May 14th, 2008 4:51 pm

    the spider is awesome, but I not even gonna try it - too hard. in my case - waste of money

  5. Matt on May 20th, 2008 5:34 pm

    It’s a unique idea, but would certainly take some to actually make some of those shapes - I guess you would have to have them pre-made. Certainly wouldn’t work in Australia as we have plastic bank notes!

  6. Strengthmen on May 29th, 2008 7:01 pm

    Well .. I tried this in it’s great .. Worked for me and I can only suggest it to use for others too :)

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  7. Navier on May 29th, 2008 9:50 pm

    Spider is HARD, wow, but it would be fun

  8. Errikk on May 30th, 2008 12:05 am

    I like the rosette.Spider is good too.Congrats for the idea

  9. WebmasterBlog on June 3rd, 2008 6:40 am

    Great article. I always love to read your articles. Keep them comming.

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  10. ilaçlama on June 8th, 2008 8:43 am

    I like the rosette Thanxx

  11. Tom on June 11th, 2008 3:20 pm

    I was looking up ways to leave a tip and I came across this. I just wish I was good at origami. Awesome post!

  12. Nick on June 16th, 2008 10:28 am

    Wow, i wish i could make the spider

  13. Alan on June 17th, 2008 10:11 am

    What a great post,

    I love the spider, in fact I am sure even if you left a $100 tip that was turned into an origami spider - they will let destroy it - might smack it with a newspaper, or wine bottle.

  14. Money Calculator on June 20th, 2008 3:18 pm

    My favorite is the spider, but I don’t know if I wanna stay at the restaurant that long after I eat to fold it =p. The shirt is cute and very easy to make, I left a 5 dollar tip at a Denny’s and the waitress came out and asked how I did it and we actually sat down and I showed her how to fold it. Great way to pick up girls if you play it right. Great post man thanks for adding it.

  15. real estate directory on June 25th, 2008 1:53 am

    it is really great ways for money orgamic tricks, those are all really fantastic information. I really enjoyed a lot for learning more valuable informative here.
    Thanks for sharing your great views.

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  16. South Beach Fans on June 28th, 2008 7:46 pm

    The spider is cute, it is not as hard to make as it looks like. You just need to fold note tight in the first step and the rest would be quite straight forward.

  17. Lexi on July 1st, 2008 12:03 am

    When I was in elementary or middle school, some kids use to make a ring out of a dollar bill. That was neat as well.

    That spider is fantastic! Hard to believe videos are being uploaded for this type of art. I am going to be doing some more surfing.

  18. Ajith Edassery on July 8th, 2008 8:20 am

    Amazing… it would indeed bring some happiness to the table waiters :)
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  19. Mike Johanson on July 10th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Great tips Travis,

    I love the T-shirt. I’ll check out the book for more tips. Keep up the good work.


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  20. Life Coach Melbourne on July 14th, 2008 8:11 pm

    Hey this is a great way to leave your tips! :) I like the shirt, it’s so cute.

  21. Shen Cadelina on July 18th, 2008 7:07 pm

    Origami can be a lot of fun! Waiters would probably enjoy receiving tips like these.

  22. Angela DeLeon on July 23rd, 2008 10:23 pm

    I have learned how to do the bow tie fold. Very fun way to leave a tip. I did not realize there is no tipping in Japan.

  23. Jill on July 24th, 2008 4:19 pm

    Actually, this is a pretty crappy way to leave tips. I was a waitress in college and hated when cheap guys would leave a single dollar folded into some design. That doesn’t change the fact that you only left a dollar.

  24. Chad Timms on July 29th, 2008 7:56 pm

    I love the shirt made out of a dollar bill. Cool stuff and it jumps right off the page at me.

  25. Tino on August 12th, 2008 12:45 pm

    Now… that’s cool! I already knew about the shirt, but so far I hav enot been able to do it myself.

  26. Thomson on August 13th, 2008 11:16 pm

    I love the spider made of a dollar bill.

  27. RandyBrown on August 16th, 2008 5:24 pm

    Nice Site. I am new here but will be visiting more often as you have done a good job.


  28. Holidays on August 23rd, 2008 9:53 pm

    Good video.. and nice ideas… real cool..thanks

  29. john zee on October 20th, 2008 3:44 am

    I wish you have more tips so that I will learn more.
    Thanks to the video, I learned great tip.

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  30. Rod on October 21st, 2008 12:12 pm

    These are some great designs for money !! But as nick said does anyone have instructions on how to make arose out of a dollar bill? That would be the best way to leave a tip for a nice gal :)

  31. David the Mover on October 31st, 2008 8:54 pm

    This Blog reminds me the reason I like bloging so much, the interaction is very important with readers and you guys have it right. Looks great too, will be back for more posts, David the mover. : - )

  32. Jessica on November 10th, 2008 4:00 am

    Has anyone seen the work of Paul Jackson? Truly amazing sculptures from paper, he really does this 1000 year old art form justice. Ive spent the last week practicing numerous sculptures, the hardest by far is that spider you’ve posted :P took me about 2 days of pretty much solid work lol (i have to much free time hah).

  33. gas prices forum on November 11th, 2008 7:15 pm

    Reall cool spider. Didn’t think it was possible to make such a origami object.

  34. irish gift shop on November 26th, 2008 8:56 am

    Just a thanks to say I tried the tee-shirt one last night and very much impressed my friends. Although it’s hard work getting them to hand the note back once they’ve started handing it round!

  35. hair care on November 30th, 2008 3:26 am

    Absolutely fantastic! I love these ideas of cool ways to leave a tip. The spider has to be the best one. I amazed that you can do that with a dollar bill and create something so creative and life like.

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  36. Free sms to India on December 2nd, 2008 4:13 am

    It give a bit strange feeling, but it all depends upon the taste of the user.

    Thanks for sharing.

  37. Handyfun on December 4th, 2008 9:49 am

    Wooowww thats cool nice post thanks for the post, keep it.



  38. Richard Blais on December 5th, 2008 3:05 pm

    Very interesting post. Nice blog by the way!

  39. business centric marketing firm on December 18th, 2008 4:32 am


    Nice designs, i would like to go for shirt, it looks cute. i think waiter also like for intelligent design tip.

  40. IT Support on December 23rd, 2008 10:19 pm

    Interesting,t han k you.

  41. Marble Host on December 24th, 2008 2:13 am


    I never read this type of article which is very interesting that if you giving tip to somebody than fold like shirt or spider which make remember you good one.


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