Folding elephant out of a banknote

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Animals are popular gifts. Elephants are special animals that, because of their imposing size and nature, are considered symbols of power, happiness, wisdom and peace.

This guide shows in clear steps how a nice elephant is folded out of a bank note. With a 10 Euro bill, the famous pink elephant will be presented as a gift.

Attention:
This money-elephant is not easy to fold and not necessarily suitable for origami beginners!

How to Fold an Elephant out of a Bill - Instructions with Photos

With this guide, you can fold a money elephant. If you follow the sequence and pay close attention to the photos, it should be easy for beginners to fold this elephant.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 1
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 1

Lay the note lengthwise in front of you.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 2
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 2

Fold the bill in the middle to the rear, so that the front edge comes to rest on the rear edge.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 3
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 3

Unfold the bill again. The resulting kink serves as a middle orientation in the further steps.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 4
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 4

Now fold the two right corners towards the middle.

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Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 5
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 5

Fold the pages of the bill inside again. Make sure that this time the corners are not folded to the middle line. As a guide, the rule of thumb is that the corner should be approximately halfway between the centerfold and the edge of the glow.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 6
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 6

Now fold the tip to the left.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 7
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 7

Turn the bill around.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 8
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 8

Now fold the left part to the right, so that both edges are flush with each other.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 9
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 9

Undo the last fold.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 10
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 10

Turn the bill over again.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 11
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 11

Fold the lower part of the bill to the left. This creates a small overlap. These become the front legs of the elephant. Make sure that the overlap is not too thick, but not too thin. In the next step, this overlap is halved again and thus to the final width of the legs.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 12
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 12

Fold the overlap to the right.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 13
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 13

Now fold the tip to the left.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 14
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 14

The part of the bill, which has just been folded to the left, is now folded back to the right as shown in the photo.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 15
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 15

Turn the bill around again.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 16
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 16

Now the hind legs of the elephant are folded. To do this, fold the left edge of the ticket to the right

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 17
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 17

Turn the bill again.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 18
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 18

Now fold the left edge to the right, so that the left edge of the banknote is flush with the now resulting fold.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 19
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 19

Turn the money elephant over again and fold over the two upper corners.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 20
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 20

Put the two triangles on and pull the middle part upwards.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 21
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 21

Pull the middle section backwards until it rests again on the banknote. In this step, make sure that the folded triangles are flattened without tearing. This gives the feet of the money-elephant.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 22
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 22

Repeat the last steps with the back side as well.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 23
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 23

Now fold the elephant at the midline. If the left hind legs have become too thick, then undo the last fold.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 24
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 24

Fold the left edge to the right so that the hind legs are exactly the same thickness as the front legs.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 25
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 25

Fold the elephant back together at the middle fold.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 26
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 26


In order to form the trunk of the elephant, two small folds must now be carried out at the top. To do this, fold the tip diagonally forward ...

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 27
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 27

... and then back again.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 28
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 28

Turn over the object and fold over the last two folds in the opposite direction.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 29
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 29

Open the money elephant again.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 30
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 30

This is the most complicated folding step and requires dexterity. The trunk is now folded with a counter-fold in itself.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 31
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 31

Fold the elephant back together at the middle fold.

Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 32
Folding Elephant out of a Banknote - Step 32

To give the elephant a more realistic look, you can press in on the middle fold the left rear corner. That's how the butt is shaped.

Elephant folded out of a bank note
Elephant folded out of a bank note

Done is the money-elephant!

How to fold an elephant from a bill - video tutorial

This video tutorial shows exactly how the elephant is folded:
Helpster: Origami Elephant

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