Introduction: Altoids Wallet+Dispenser

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Make an altoids wallet that dispenses your money, holds credit cards, receipts,and coins! ( My first insructable


Step 1: Items

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1. Altoids Tin Can
2. Lots of money of the same kind
3. Some kind of knife and pliers to cut and bend the credit card slot
4. Magnet ( Make Sure It Is A Weak Magnet So You Wont Mess Up Your Credit Cards)
5. Fake Credit Card
6. Scissors
7. Tape (Any Kind Will Work)
8. And your hands....

All this cost me 2 dollars, witch is how much the altoids can was.


If you will put real credit cards in this wallet, i suggest you use something else to hold you receipts in place..
You could make a pocket on the lid to hold your receipts in place

Step 2: Coin Slot+ Credit Card Slot

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To make the coin slot, take a index card and cut it to the width of the altoids can. Then tape it to the sides to the can.

Credit Card Slot:

Punch a hole in the side of the can and cut the metal to the size of the credit card.
Then take a business card and tape it to the inside of the can to keep the credit cards from touching the money.

Step 3: Fold the Money.

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We will fold the money so it dispenses out of the altoids can.

1. Fold the dollar in half.
2. Fold another dollar in half.
3. Take the dollar and the other one and overlap each fold.
4. Fold the dollar to the middle.
5. Take the dollar that sticks out and pull on it. The next dollar should com out.

Watch the video for instructions:

Step 4: Put the Money Into the Altoids Can.

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Take the money and put it into the altoids can. Make sure the money sticks out when you put the credit card so you can dispense your money.Take your fake credit card and put it into the altoids can on top of the money. It should be fit snugly into the altoids can or else ALL your money will fall out and some hobo steal it.( Just Kidding) You might want to cut a small slit into the credit card so you can easily take off the credit card and insert more money into your wallet.( Unless you don't have any more money)

Step 5: Almost Done!!

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Get Your Magnet and Take some receipts and stick it onto the lid of the altoids.

Or trace a lid pattern and make a small pocket for reciepts

Step 6: ALL DONE!!

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Now you have a altoids wallet that dispenses your money, holds coins, and credit cards!!!!!!!! Please Post Comments!!

If you think this instructable needs work or isnt well organized etc: THIS IS MY FIRST INSTRUCTABLE!!!! thank you

If you want to watch the video go here:


GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-22

Pictures could be better, but awesome job!


modaawesome (author)azngiant12122012-02-26


modaawesome (author)azngiant12122012-02-26

step 2 pic 2 is of your thumb

JChumo (author)2008-10-09

It's recommended not to put magnets near credit cards. The data card will be damaged.

Mathias (author)JChumo2008-11-12

Im sorry, but mythbusters has busted that, they tried magnets more powerful than many humans could get their hands on, it shouldnt affect the cards, but if you are supersticious, then w/e

chadcad (author)Mathias2010-01-22

No mythbusters disproved that cards rubbing together / electric eel skin wallets had no effect on cards.  If you believe magnets do no harm to a card go down to the atm with your debit card and a small refrigerator magnet.  Withdraw some cash.  Rub magnet over strip on back of card.  Try to take out more money.  When it fails to work, place the money you gout out in step 1 in an envelope and mail it to me. HAHA!

Doctor Freeman (author)chadcad2010-09-08

no they did disprove it i saw it the other day

chadcad (author)Doctor Freeman2010-10-30

I encourage you to try my test. Withdraw a large sum of money with your debit card, rub a small magnet over the MAGNETIC strip on the back, then try to withdraw money. When it rejects or eats your card please mail the money you withdrew in the first step to me. This assumes you are actually old enough, smart enough, productive enough to have a bank account; if any of the preceding aren't true I apologize for arguing with the ill informed.

Doctor Freeman (author)chadcad2010-10-31

im 11......

sangbin1999 (author)2009-12-29

 Bad idea to put a magnet with credit cards. Anyway good instructable. It's not one i'll be making any soon though. 

ludionis (author)2009-10-01

My concern would be that the recepit magnet could eventually cause the case to become slightly magnetized, no matter how weak, and affect or erase the information on the magnetic strips for my credit cards/drivers license if kept inside the wallet. Other than the money 'corn-ing' out of the wallet on step 3, an excellent instrucatble!!

johnylingo25 (author)2009-09-15

cant w8 to try

killbox (author)2008-03-21

Im not very comfortable mixing a magnet with credit cards, I knwo they are more durable than when i was younger, but still magnetic data + magnet = bad ideal.

CheshireWeasel (author)killbox2009-07-26

Granted, a neodymium/rare earth magnet can wipe a credit card or ID/Drivers license. What is in the picture is a common household ferrite magnet, even a card that has prolonged exposure to a ferrite magnet will suffer no ill effects.

Sparkyzoomer (author)killbox2008-04-12

magnets cant hurt credit cards. you need a magnet alot stronger than an electromagnet to do any damage.

azngiant1212 (author)killbox2008-03-22

well, i just "Updated" my wallet yesterday and i made a small pocket on the lid to hold reciepts instead of a magnet.. I t works great.. So if ur not comfterable, just make a pocket. VOTE!!

Allowance10 (author)2009-07-19


fro nugget (author)2008-08-12

Tell me how to fold the money because my computer won't let me get on myspace.

R4Man18 (author)fro nugget2008-09-02

Magnet is a bad idea with the credit/debit data strip fold the cash like a stack of tissues fold em in half length wise and just place them together by flipping one around so they are like < BILL > BILL but the top of the lower bill is in the middle of the top bill.

xilefakamot (author)R4Man182009-04-26

Thanks - couldn't work that out. Unfortunately, I don't have enough £5 notes or above to do that... I wish we had at least £2 notes...

Drewmartin (author)2009-03-16

very cool man make more uses plz

clank1108 (author)2008-09-18

i like it im in going to try it right now thx

pieface100 (author)2008-08-15

the tin wallet is awesome I already tried it

whatsreal (author)2008-07-19

Terrific! Very clever and useful :-) cant wait to try it!

TheMoonMaster (author)2008-05-28

But why would you want a fake card?

to hide the other cards under it

azngiant1212 (author)2008-03-23

Just to let all of u know , i took one of my gift cards from wal-mart that had .53 cents on it, i took one of my neodymium magnets and scraped it across the magnetic strip forward and backwards, and side to side, and i went to walmart and asked them to see how much money i had, and it was 53 cents.. So the magnet doesnt ruin creditcards

Esmagamus (author)azngiant12122008-06-10

What about hard drive magnets?

azngiant1212 (author)Esmagamus2008-06-14

still hard drive magnets cant ruin credit cards, it takes a thausand gauss to ruin

Esmagamus (author)azngiant12122008-06-14

Damn! I never thought credit cards were so tough! By the way, is there anything special about altoids or people just like the tins?

TheMoonMaster (author)2008-05-13

I agree with killbox about the magnet. Also, I know that it probably doesnt hurt it but I wouldnt cut a slit in my cards

thats why you use a fake caard

frozen_eyes13 (author)2008-04-27

do you know if you can fold euro bills like that?

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-04-11

sweet 'ible i moded to fit some mastoids smalls into it

ryugatana (author)2008-03-24

btw awesome instructable

azngiant1212 (author)ryugatana2008-03-27


ryugatana (author)2008-03-24

As they proved on mythbusters you need a really powerful magnet to wipe a credit card if it's even possible. So it will be fine

gmjhowe (author)2008-03-21

Nice, i love the sliding out bit! ps magnets only ruin the strip on the back, most places use the chip nowadays.

azngiant1212 (author)gmjhowe2008-03-22

Thanks! VOTE!!!!

azngiant1212 (author)2008-03-21

I watched mythbusters and they had to use a super strong electromagnet to ruin the credit card

Than the FIT man (author)2008-03-21

On mythbusters they tried to remove the information using magnets, and even electric eels, and were unable to do so

teaaddict314 (author)2008-03-21

i would take that magnet out of there bud. magnets RUIN credit cards.

Its a weak magnet. Plus, theres a fake credit card on top

well dont be telling other people to do this because they might get strong magnets and real credit cards

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