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:
Here are the directions to make the shirt. Below is a video showing how to fold the shirt.
#4 Bow Tie
Here are the directions to make the Bow Tie and here is a the bow tie being made in a video
You need five $1 bills to make this origami. Here are the directions to make the Spider
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.