Pimp your Christmas tree with dollar-origami ornaments

As the American Museum of Natural History unveils their annual Holiday Origami Tree, we present a step-by-step tutorial on how to fold your way to seasonally-appropriate awesomeness.

  • Step 1 (a)

    Fold the bill in half along its length.

  • Step 1 (b)


  • Step 2

    Now fold the bill in half along its width.

  • Step 3 (a)

    Fold the top flap back…

  • Step 3 (b)

    …leaving an inch-wide strip folded over.

  • Step 4

    Fold the corners in. Unfold.

  • Step 5

    Fold the lower sides in toward each other…

  • Step 6

    …making two triangles at the top.

  • Step 7

    Fold the top corners to the midline.

  • Step 8

    Fold the upper sides to the midline again.

  • Step 9

    Turn over. Hang tree ornament. Instagram.

Step 1 (a)

Fold the bill in half along its length.

Today, the American Museum of Natural History puts its annual Origami Holiday Tree on display, hung with more than 500 themed, hand-folded ornaments. A pretty cool twist on the standard twinkling Christmas tree lights, right?

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You know what's cooler? Dollar origami: the art of folding things out of singles instead of the usual colorful paper. It's ballin'. It's American. And when you're done admiring your handiwork, you can unfold it and buy a PBR. Win win.

So here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to turn that wrinkled note you found in your jeans into a Martha Stewart–worthy decoration: a mini Christmas tree. Yes, you're going to adorn your big tree with lots of ironic little dollar trees. You're welcome.

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Think you're crafty enough for this DIY Christmas trick? Show us what you've got on Twitter or Instagram with the tag #PimpMyTree.