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Mint Slideshow: Money Origami

At Mint.com, we have a saying that money is for living. But for some people, it appears that dollar bills are more than a tool for enabling life’s necessities and luxuries: they are a tool, literally, to create art.

Origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of folding paper, is both fun and fantastic — and when done with paper currency instead of regular colored paper can produce some pretty cool results. Who would have thought that you can use your dollars to not just buy a latte, but make a pretty realistic-looking cup, too? Not to mention the various other objects that have been created, from money tree plants and spaceships, to a whole lot of crustacean creatures. Here, join us for a display of more than a dozen dollar-bill origami: virtual proof that you don’t need to spend money to enjoy it.