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Recycled Plastic Wallet [Its FREE]

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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.

Materials
- 2x HDPE/PETE bottles inc. bottle caps(milk bottles preferably)
- fishing line (5m)
- fridge magnet (optional)
Apparatus
- scissors
- snap-off cutter
- hobby knife
Duration:
3-4 hours
Difficulty:
3/10
Cost:
$0

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Step 1: Collecting plastic bottles

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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

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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

nice job…hongkonger
nailuj1 year ago
Great idea! I will almost certainly make one as soon as i get my hand on some milk bottles.
Kringlur2 years ago
This is great! I made a clear wallet from lamination paper, but this is better because it's more rigid and things can't fall out as easily. I'll try making one as soon as I can get all the parts together.
jackyson1233 years ago
There's even a use by date on it!!! I want to make one of these now. Pretty handy with the memory card slot too!
i know i about to go make one
cool
benboy4444 years ago
whoa... your numberings messed up!!

in the text it goes:
1
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3
4
8
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7

please fix!!
NickZa4 years ago
this is great! and it is also been recycled. good job
I love this Instructible! A durable, recycled wallet! Just one thing...the instruction is fabulous but for people who are really visual, like myself, having the schematics on a darker piece of paper or using a darker plastic would be easier to see. Other than that, I'm super excited to try this at home! :D
richardsalt4 years ago
Big congrats. Very slick indeed. I have been looking for an alternative to the many DUCT tape wallets and this really does fit the the bill. Many thanks for this great instructable. Richard
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