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You can make a cool Cash Register Receipt Wallet to remind you to mend your consumery ways (or remind you of all the money you've spent.)

This instructable shows 2 variations on making the wallet:
1) Flat weave and fold, tape into shape
2) Wrap weave or basket weave into shape by wrapping strips around the bend and tucking them in.

The Receipt Wallet helps you fight puchasing whims with whimsy.

I made the receipt wallet with my uncle (Woodenbikes). I made this because I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a wallet. I decited on receipts because I realized that they are usually not recycled.
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Step 1: Aquire Lots of Receipts

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Take lots of little trips to the store to buy:
Things you thought you needed or
Things that advertisements told you to buy, or
Things you thought would help your self esteem, etc
Basically just be an American! (consumer)
We are Consumers now. We used to be Citizens.

Alternatively: Ask the nice checkout person if you can have a bag of old receipts.
Make sure they do not think you are holding up the store.

Step 2: Fold the receipts into 1/4 wide strips

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Fold them in half. I like print side out.
Fold each edge into the middle.
Now you have a 1/4 wide strip.
Crease and Repeat

Wallet is 10 strips long and 4 strips tall with 2 strips needed for edge piping. (16 qty 8" to 13" strips)
Optional Card pocket is 5 strips long by 3 strips tall (8 qty 5" to 6" strips)

If you are going to fold lots of them (like for making a receipt shopping bag) you may want to make a folder aligner out of a manila folder. You just position one edge of the reciept into the bottom crease of the manila folder and then bend the receipt to align the second edge down into the folder's crease then crease the receipt. You have used the folder (noun) as a folder (verb).
This makes very neat folded strips with parallel edges.
kathleen993 years ago
I don't know about Target, but most receipts these days (the thermal-printed kind) spew loads of BPA (bisphenol-A) that you can easily absorb through your skin. I'd be careful about the choice of receipts for this project, but I like the idea if it's made with something BPA-free (and is somewhat sturdy and doesn't bleed ink).
mrmath7 years ago
It looks great, and is certainly unique. But, I can only image the mess when I put it through the wash. I know I will! (author)  mrmath7 years ago
That would not be good. I think my uncle did that already.
did it look like you left a receipt in your pocket? :)
J@50n mrmath5 years ago
you could cover it in clear box/packing tape. it would make it water proof, i think....
15zhangfra6 years ago
im gonna just use some regular paper, im still a kid so receipts and me aren't the best
or use a magazine. just had that idea.
15zhangfra6 years ago
just one thing, you forgot the receipt slot/pocket : D
mongoose396 years ago
Sweet im ganna make one now
theRIAA6 years ago
looks cool! i like it
tomahawkXVI6 years ago
made the completely woven version last night. Works great and it was easy to build. I work at a retail store so I just collected receipts that customers didn't want that we usually throw away. Make sure you have plenty of clamps handy.
Following up... keep the wallet as tight at possible. It tends to loosen up over time, especially in the card pouch.
grundisimo6 years ago
you shop @ target what a loser lol. ROFL:) just kidding that is awesome store
fmafan7 years ago
The weaving way looks a lot like the one shown on the money wallet site..... This is cool though. Gotta try it sometime
parloop7 years ago
Looks like a lot of work. Reminds me of a duct tape wallet like on Duct Tape Revolution. The site has some cool products.
gaara0sama17 years ago
Wow! I would've never thought of that! Nice! (author)  gaara0sama17 years ago
funderwood7 years ago
Wow you must buy a lot of stuff (author)  funderwood7 years ago
Well I don't buy all this stuff. I asked a local store if I could thave their receipts that peaople don't want.