Introduction: Boomerang Wallet

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A simple instructable for making a slim and simple wallet that can easily be mailed (posted) back home to it's owner.

Gather materials
Step 2: Print the envelope
Step 3: Add postage
Step 4: Strengthen
Step 5: Transfer
Finishing Touches

(Not endorsed by Australian Post.. but should be)

Step 1: Gather Materials

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What you'll need:
- At least one 145 x 90 mm envelope
- One 145 x 90 mm piece of cardboard
...or One 4x6 photo and trimming tools
- Printer
...or Writing utensil
- Stamps
...or Authorized metering device with appropriate funds available

Optional:
- Double sided tape
- Artistic talent
- Camera to document the event
- Money

Step 2: Print the Envelope..

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If you're going with the old school method (Pen already in motion) you can skip this step.

I used OpenOffice.org to design and print my envelopes. This allows me to input the custom size of my envelopes and easily format my envelope with logos and lovely fonts. I would recommend a clear font to make it easy for our friends (sorters) at the Post office. Be sure to leave plenty of room for the stamps and leave clear the clear zones.

You won't really need a return address, so feel free to use that space for logos and embelishments.

Step 3: Add Postage..

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In Australia, one $0.50 stamp will get a regular letter to it's destination. I'd rather not risk it, however and put enough for a large letter. This ensures that if I get a little carried away and overfill my wallet with business cards and rubbish or win the lottery and run out of room underneath my matress, the finder can still post it with confidence (if he/she can still manage to seal it and fit it in the post box).

If you have a postage meter handy, this can actually be a better alternative. With printed postage, there's less chance of someone just peeling off your stamps when they dump your wallet. Granted, I'm not aware of too many pickpockets that would snitch just for the stamps. I suppose a few out there could be collectors, or have a compulsion to write a letter to mom. In that case, just chalk it up to moral rehabilitation.

Step 4: Strengthen..

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Prepare a piece of thin cardboard (non-corrugated) or 4x6 photo:
- Cut to fit inside envelope
- Crease and fold cardboard / photo down the center

..and insert under behind the envelope flap. Fold down the flap to keep the cardboard in place and fold the envelope in half at the cardboard crease. Now you have a potential wallet. Assuming you have two cards and some bills this may be sufficient for your monotary storage needs. If you have a very full wallet, you may need a bit more tweaking. Suggestions and tweaks will be available in the final step.

Step 5: Load It Up..

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You're now ready to load up your boomerang wallet and wear it with confidence.

Disclaimer: Boomerang wallets are not for throwing.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

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Some suggestions:
- You can give the wallet a little more character by printing on the inside (back of the envelope). Perhaps printing howto style cartoon instructions for how the finder should post the envelope.
- Add a dot of double sided tape to keep your cards stationary or to create a closure.
- Waterproof the envelope with clear packing tape.
- Add 2 creases and accordian fold the hinge to accomodate bulkier contents.

Coming soon... the Wallet-Boomerang!! (a creative way to chuck your old wallet)

Comments

FrenchCrawler (author)2007-04-29

I thought you were gonna make a wallet out of a boomerang...

gkumba (author)FrenchCrawler2007-04-29

Nice idea actually.. I'll get to work on that. Only boomerang I have is "decorative" though, so I'll have to pop out back to the shops and grab one of the real aboriginal hunting tools. But then it begs the question.. However it's postmarked, will I still need to mark it Airmail? It's a toss up, really. -len

pmac93 (author)gkumba2010-03-10

you should be PUN-ished for that last sentence.

gkumba (author)pmac932010-03-12

Right back at ya, 93.

me too

The Leo (author)2007-04-29

It doesn't seem wise to me to put your address by your credit cards, but maybe Aussies aren't as ill-willed as most. Maybe a friend's address would be better for security. "Q-Wallet-Y" idea though. I think there's a similar scheme with key rings that gets your keys posted back to you via some other company.

padawanspider (author)The Leo2008-05-09

Here in Mississippi, my address is on my driver's license, so they've got my billing addy anyway :P don't know about other states, though.

gkumba (author)The Leo2007-04-29

Good call, Leo. I use my in-law's address instead of my own billing address for mine, and will be sure to add a note about that in this instructable. I knew a few people when I was growing up (KS) who would actually fill out that little card that sometimes comes with a new wallet with their address. Folks would carry that around without a second thought. I don' t know if they still put those in new wallets now, but that is definitely a legitimate concern.

My idea actually started as a service concept using preprinted reply paid tyvek wallets. The idea being to print the wallets with unique id's and a link to a registration website. Then distribute these wallets for free to the general public with the expectation that they would be registered prior to use. There were two main problems with this concept:
1) You potentially end up with tubs of unregistered wallets and a moral obligation to find their owners.
2) My wife wouldn't take the idea seriously anyway.

Not saying the original idea wouldn't work, but I think open and easy is a better alternative in this case. I'm kind of surprised this instructable hasn't already been done, actually.. with all the wallets made from tyvek envelopes, I would have expected someone to reason that putting an address and a stamp or two on the wallet was an idea with a great return on investment.
-len

czarnian (author)2008-04-25

It's a quite interesting idea....but some countries do not allow to transport personal effects, such as IDs, credit cards or money (though I seriously doubt that somebody stumble upon your lost wallet and will send it back to you with full cash in it), so check it out first before attempting. Personally, I find more effective putting a dogtag in the wallet, offering reward for the return within 5 days (enough time to know if the wallet is ever gonna get back, so you can start the documents renewal process, avoiding the now-I-got-two-IDs problem). good idea, I say...

PhilMuckracken420 (author)2008-01-03

what the heck a paper wallet i love it so much

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