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Origami Elephant
The origami elephant Irom a dollar bill is sure to amuse and delight your Iriends. dining partners and
waitpersons. The model was created by Neal Elias in 1965. Mr. Elias passed away in 2005 but his
wonderIul design lives on.
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It should be considered somewhat advanced origami.
II you have trouble making an origami crane. this one might be a bit much.
We'll make Irequent use oI the terms valley Iold and mountain Iold.
II you do not know what these are. then you are in way over your head :)
Actually. you can learn about these Iolds right here.
Start with a U.S. one dollar bill. Other currencies or denominations would work. but this one has a special
"Ieature" that will show up later.
Place the bill in Iront oI you. Iace up but upside down (again. you'll see why later).
Now make valley Iolds at the halIway points oI the bill. as well as the top corners.
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Now valley Iold the top corners as iI you're making a paper airplane.


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Then Iold the top pointed corner down. at the white line shown. With us so Iar? Good!
Now Iold the right edge oI the bill back behind. until the bill is doubled as shown. Crease the Iold.
Next unIold the bill. The Iold the right edge back again. until it lines up with the crease you made in the
previous step.
Make another crease.
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Now Iold along crease A...then B and C. as shown in the two photos below.
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The Iollowing photo shows what the backside should look like. Now turn the Iolded bill back over.
You will now make a valley Iold approximately where the white line is in the photo below.
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This will give the result below. This stage is shown Irom the backside in the next photo.


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For clarity. we're showing this stage Irom the side also. The idea is to get the distance "x" to be equal to
the distance "y".

Now Iold the 4 corners oI the center channel as shown below. Next. squash Iold the top and bottom as
shown.
It can be a little tricky to get these small pieces Iolded and creased. you may need help Irom a rounded
tool as shown. A car key might help.
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Now unIold the top pointy part.
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Make valley Iolds on the outside oI the center channel.
Also make a mountain Iold iust in Iront oI the channel. so that this piece overlaps the channel.
Now Ilip the piece over. Whew! This would be as good a time as any to break Ior drinks :)
Ready again? OK. make another valley Iold at the Iront edge oI the Iront legs.
And a mountain Iold a short distance in Iront oI that.
The idea is to overlap the Iront legs by about halI their width.
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These next two photos show those Iolds:
Now Iold the whole thing in halI down the centerline as shown. using a mountain Iold.
Next you will make the ears.
Fold the point oI the trunk back as shown to make the ear crease line (ignore the trunk crease Ior now).
Note the ear is angled Iorward slightly.
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UnIold the trunk then use the crease line to make a reverse fold inside the body oI the elephant.
II you're drawing a blank on reverse Iold. check out our instructions Ior the origami Ilapping bird.

Now unIold the trunk.
Next push the trunk into the body. making two valley Iolds (one on either side) along the trunk crease
shown below.
The trunk crease lines will end up in contact with the Iront edge oI the Iront legs.
It should look something like the photo below.
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Next. crease then reverse Iold the trunk so that it points down.
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Do a couple more reverse Iolds to get the trunk pointing up. and the trunk tip pointing slightly back.

Now turn the elephant over and open the legs a bit. Valley Iold out a small tail.
Now your elephant is ready to stand on his own Iour legs!
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Note that the Iloating eye in the pyramid Irom the backside oI the dollar bill lines up quite nicely to be the
eye oI the elephant. Neat!
II you're perIorming this little stunt at a bar. we hear that these little Iellas like peanuts.
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From Kitty in QLD Australia "In the Iront - origami Elephant made with the Australian $5 bill.
UnIortunately our currency is made Irom a plastic rather than paper like USA currency and I had to use
tape to hold it in place :P the Iolds also would not hold properly and it was very stubborn. but in the end it
succumbed to my will... kind oI. there were a Iew Iolds it iust would not do."
Great eIIort Kitty!

From Brittanie oI Mt Horeb:


From Klarisa in Easley:
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From Andy in Cannock "This is my Origami Elephant. im a bit oI a penny pincher so i measured the
dimensions oI a 5 pound note onto a piece oI printer paper :D"


From reader in Beaverton "This origami was hard to understand at Iirst.but aIter your Iirst try it gets
easy."
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