Introduction: Cement Wallet

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Do you spend too much money on wallets? Growing tired of how quickly they wear out? Find your salvation here, in a durable material well know since antiquity..

cement (pronounced like: sea-mint ).

1. A substance used to bind the stones or bricks of a building firmly together, to cover floors, to form walls, terraces, etc., which being applied in a soft and pasty state, afterwards hardens into a stony consistency; esp. a strong mortar, produced by the calcination of a natural or artificial mixture of calcareous and argillaceous matter.

2. gen.
a. Any substance applied in a soft or glutinous state to the surfaces of solid bodies to make them cohere firmly.
b. Any uniting medium or substance.


Step 1: Acquire Ingredients

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Acquire the required ingredients. I found most of these to be quite affordable at home despot.

1. Cement : I used "SAKRETE" which is a cement that comes premixed with reinforcing fibres. Cement on its own is quite weak without some sort of reinforcing...hence all the gravel and rebar when you want to build something structural (like a highway overpass). The 50 pound bag will make enough "wallets" to last me a lifetime.

2. Reinforcing mesh : I used some mesh which is probably intended for stucco work. Again the same idea, you need some underlying armature to hold the cement together.

3. Metal shears or wire cutters to shape the mesh

4. A non-dairy whipped topping container to mix the cement in. You might be able to get away with an old dairy whipped topping container but it's risky

5. Liquid Cement Color : A fun way to create wallets in a variety of colors ranging from gray to gray-orange to pretty-damn-orange.

6. Household gloves; cement can be hard on your hands

Step 2: Assemble Ingredients

Cut wire mesh to form the "skeleton" or "armature" of your wallet. Do be careful, that stuff is sharp.

Ideally it is best to have a mold to contain the cement around the skeleton while it sets up. One possibility is to use your current wallet. Just pour cement around it to make a negative. Once that negative sets up, break it apart and grease it up for use as a form to make a positive. Keep in mind that this will almost certainly destroy your wallet, but remember that you will soon be replacing the old one with a far more durable cement wallet of similar dimensions.

We ended up shortcutting all this hassle by just using one of the rubber gloves as a form instead.

Mix concrete and concrete color with water in mixing tub. You want the cement to be wet thru and thru but not completely soupy. Pack the cement into your form around the armature. Work any air bubbles up to the surface by taping on the form.

Let cement set up overnight.

Step 3: Enjoy Your New Wallet

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Once the cement has set up, you can remove it from the form. If you are using a one-time rubber form (such as a glove) it may be easiest to just cut it away from the cement.

Meet your new wallet. Since cement is such a durable material, it is best to remain on good terms as it will be holding your money for a long time to come. Once you get the hang of it, you can crank these out by the dozens. Varying the amount of concrete coloring gives a variety of final appearances. Clever manipulation of forms can yield a wide range of useful possibilities including drink holder, cigarette holder, toilet paper holder, toothbrush holder, etc.

In essence, anything you currently waste your time holding can now be easily and cheaply held by our new durable friend, concrete.


GW7 (author)2016-01-11

I'm not one to leave bills laying anywhere, even at home. But if I make this I would have a pair of hands that can be placed together in a nestled (praying, handshake, etc.) gesture so as to create a space to bookend or conceal the money.

Lynch70 (author)2016-01-10

That's not a cement wallet it's a hand made from a mould.

Lildevil963 (author)2011-03-21

i made one for fun and eded up giving it to my little sister for her fake rings ( i told her not to use real ring cuz i might scratch them) and i sanded it down alittle too
but im gunna make another but in a position so it can hold my xbox controller

o and btw did anyone notice in the first pic tht the hand is missing the finger

BMXsquad88 (author)Lildevil9632015-01-31

dude thanks for the Xbox controller idea! I'm gonna do that too!!

Oscelot (author)Lildevil9632012-03-20

If you get a glass hand that they use for modeling stuff in shops, then pour the concrete in there, it should come out all glossy. See for proof of concept. That might work better for not scratching her rings.

Xibalbawax (author)2013-09-14

Awesome, any recommendations on some sort of bucket? do ya think i could et by with one of those orange homer buckets?

parabuilder (author)2013-04-20

I confused

paperman5 (author)2009-03-18

ummm. thats not really a wallet.

briankangaroo (author)paperman52011-05-15

True... the project is fine, but the title is misleading. Perhaps "helping hand" or "hand shelf." I typically understand a wallet to be a way to organize money and credentials for easy transportation.

Fun idea for holders though. Also might consider using a cheap gel mold solution that sets up in minutes. Wiggle your hand out of the mold and pour to get a realistic hand with details.

scott! (author)paperman52009-07-05

it's better!

cancast (author)2009-08-21

I'm thinking about how to make a hand mold that gives a standard hand, like this one, but allows me to reposition the fingers, wrist, to get different gestures (no bad ones!).

Lildevil963 (author)cancast2011-03-21

you could do this then cut off the fingers and then screw in joints so it would pretty much be like knuckles and this diagram only shows one "knuckle" but if u want to like make it more realistic u could put a lower and upper knuckle plz mssge me back on what u think of my idea and if u make it dont hesitate to take a pic because i would love to see what u come up with

Sakrete (author)2011-03-18

We love this instructable! Great choice of Concrete :)

midnight30 (author)2009-07-02

Combine this idea w/ the concrete light bulb hooks

it'll make for one sweet coat hook.

Th3Snip3r (author)midnight302010-04-10

like in willy wonka.

naruto the ninja13 (author)2010-03-22

but one advatadge of a leather wallet is you can eat it if your stranded with no food (yucky but hey id rather eat leather than starve)

ktalex (author)2009-09-08


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Matt21497 (author)2009-07-07

How do I hack my pants to fit this in my pocket?

Arghus (author)2009-05-30

love the idea but not like u used it.. Its useless like this

TechNerd1012 (author)2009-04-22

....why are the letters on the gloves backwards?

snowpenguin (author)TechNerd10122009-05-06

Because they feel like it!

ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-04-27

its not a wallet its just a hand to hold money
and the definition of wallet is: a pocket sized, flat, folding holder for money and plastic cards
so you get the holding part right but not the pocket or flat part.

a wallet,
like your mind,
can expand to hold many things.

might i recommend a return to the classics:

"We see that Danglars was collected enough to jest; at the same time, as though to disprove the ogreish propensities, the man took some black bread, cheese, and onions from his wallet, which he began devouring voraciously."
--The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, Alexandre

"They informed Captain Bonneville, however, that not far from his quarters they had found a wallet of fresh meat and a cord, which they supposed had been left by some prowling Blackfeet."
-The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West by Irving, Washington

or for more flavour, try

Wallet: A way to describe something as extremely good.
as in "Damn man that song is wallet!"

wallets are also refered to as food containers or something like that in young buglers by G.A. Henty.

evanwehrer (author)turkey tek2009-01-09

lol I read the count of monte cristo

It was a "JOKE"

jongscx (author)2007-11-21

and if someone tries to mug you...

Derin (author)jongscx2009-02-19

the concrete hand slaps the mugger

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-04-26

When I read this, i thought you made like, a cement thing with a hinge and such.

sorry to disappoint :-(

a real cement wallet seemed like it would be to hard

turkey tek (author)turkey tek2007-04-27

too hard on the buttocks that is

Ouch! but it would be neat to see/really heavy

karen608 (author)2007-05-23

what did you do with all those extra orange hands?!

turkey tek (author)karen6082007-05-24

right now they're just lying around; holding down the fort while i'm out of the house. things i'd like them to do that haven't happened yet: - become part of a complete body double, cast out of concrete, to sleep in the bed while i hide in the closet and wait for the ninjas to attack. - a robotic "couch" consisting of ~50 hands mounted on vertical actuators rising up from the floor that slide up and down in order to adapt to your shape and cradle you when you sit down upon them.

karen608 (author)turkey tek2007-05-24

Cool. How about doing just a 'chest cast' and sort of making a punch proof vest. Then get in a fight, let them punch you on your cement chest/tummy.... and you'll have quite a great reputation to be left alone after that.

mettaurlover (author)karen6082009-01-07

and a couple of people with VERY sore hands...

mettaurlover (author)2009-01-07

COOL! I'm going to make a mold shaped like my entire body, in a crime scene like position, then make it and paint it to look like me. then, i'll put it somewhere where it'll scare the crap out of everybody!

simplicity is key (author)2009-01-04

i was hoping 4 a wallet 2. All well, after all simplicity is key. BE ZEN BE PEACEFUL BE SIMPLE!

Batmanifestdestiny (author)2008-12-27

Now I'm going to have to go out and make concrete shoes. Thanks, man XD

Skellington (author)2007-08-11

Wait, how does it hold money? D:

brzmaniac (author)Skellington2008-06-27

lol its a joke dude

Derin (author)brzmaniac2008-07-17

no,its a pun

Skellington (author)brzmaniac2008-06-27

Yeah, so was my question. xP

brzmaniac (author)Skellington2008-07-10

oh woops sorry

czarnian (author)2008-04-25

you're a god!"!!!!! LMAO-ROTF thumbs up just because!!!

Handsome-Ryan (author)2007-10-12

this is going on my favorites list.

darkdark (author)2007-07-26

hmmm no to just make one holding the ps controller... one for keys... one for remote... etc etc that would be way cool! nice instructable!

quicumque (author)2007-04-30

Uber sweet, man.

stienman (author)2007-04-27

It seems you are suggesting using a glove covered hand as a form for the reverse mold. Unless done correctly, this could be very dangerous - you might want to specifically note that an intermediate mold must be used for this sort of project, and explain how this might easily be done.

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