Ever imagine what you can do with a used milk bottle, this Instructable will teach you how to make a wallet out of ordinary plastic bottles. In a few simple steps, you will be able to create a translucent, light weighted and durable plastic wallet. I came up with this idea when I was working on another design project. What makes this wallet special is that it is translucent, you can SEE whats inside ($$$). The wallet can be personalised by adding different features and functions. Here are some fastfacts about this project.
- 2x HDPE/PETE bottles inc. bottle caps(milk bottles preferably)
- fishing line (5m)
- fridge magnet (optional)
- snap-off cutter
- hobby knife
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Step 1: Collecting plastic bottles
Before getting your hands on making a wallet, you'll need to collect a few plastic bottles. For most of the wallet, you'll be needing one or two HDPE bottles. These are translucent bottles use to contain milk. In my Instructable, I have used Woolworths Low Fat 3L milk bottles. They can be easily purchased at most supermarkets but be sure they are made of HDPE. HDPE is a polymer with a resin code of 2. It is flexible, water resistant and durable. You'll also need a PETE bottle for making SD/SIM cards slot.
All the bottles you've collected should be washed thoroughly, so your wallet won't end up having a milk or orange odor.
Step 2: Cutting the bottles
Use a texter and a ruler to mark down the size of your wallet on the washed milk bottle, then carefully cut out your desired area.
My wallet's dimension:
Back cover (1): 85mm x 198mm
Cash sleeve (2): 75mm x 198mm
Credit card slot (3): 64mm x 94mm
Credit card slot (4):54mm x 94mm
Pocket (8): 65mm x 92mm
SD card slot (6): 38mm x 55mm
First-aid slot (7): 42mm x 55mm