Just so you know, it's really, really hard to find a St. Patrick's Day themed how-to project that's not 1) for kids 2) super cheesy or 3) for kids and super cheesy.
But, this easy Shamrock dollar bill is kinda fun. I say fold a couple of fives and use them to pay for your green beers tomorrow. Not that you would actually buy green beers. Cause that's ridiculous.
One Christmas (maybe 1990 or '91?), I got a 'cool things for kids to do' book, and spent several of the awkward hours at the uncomfortable side of the family's gathering trying to follow the step-by-step directions and perfecting the dollar bill ring.
These dollar bill origami projects are a lot cooler than that.
It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.
Paper Day, Part 1: Lincoln Gets a Cap
Hilarious and seemingly easy instructions to turn Honest Abe into a true b-boy. Once here's there, you could turn him into a puppet for an impromptu performance, or whip out your camera for a quick-and-easy stop motion project.
Photographer and former chef Jonathan Blaustein visited a certain, very famous fast food chain during the recent economic downturn. "'On one menu they had a cheeseburger for a dollar,' he said. What caught his eye, though, was another menu, which featured a double cheeseburger for the same price. That additional piece of meat, and the extra slice of cheese, somehow didn’t change the price."
And so began The Value of a Dollar, his 2008 series of photographs of food bought for a single $1.00 bill.
Dowling Duncan have taken on a redesign that battles one of the greatest U.S.-, don't-mess-with-it institutions this side of the flag - the dollar bill.
The results are an aesthetically, conceptually, and politically sensitive collection of bank notes that are, frankly, %#&ing amazing.
Each denomination gets not only a color update, but a size determined by its value, which, when stacked up, aids in organization. Each notes features imagery that connects to its value:
"$1 – The first African American president
$5 – The five biggest native American tribes
$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution