For a high quality, eco-friendly, and expandable paper wallet that will last you years check out the Tyvek wallet from PAPERWALLET.

To create your own paper wallet from a normal piece of paper follow these instructions: 

One sheet of 8.5 by 11 paper folded, with minimal cutting, and one piece of tape = durable, seamless, useable, write-onable, minimalist wallet.

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Step 1: Hamburger fold squared

neatly fold the 8.5"x11" sheet of paper in half (to look like a hamburger shape as opposed to a skinny hot dog fold). open it, and fold the two flaps into the middle, so it is split in 4 (second picture).

Step 2: Fold in 1/2 and then crease

now fold the paper in 1/2 perpendicular to the other folds and crease from the folds you just made. notice how it has a natural tendency to stay closed, this is the basic wallet shape. now unfold.

Step 3: Cut

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Cut along the black lines (viewed from the inside) please note picture comments.

Step 4: Fold flaps

fold the 2nd and 4th flaps from the top inside on either side.

Step 5: Tape

tape the lower cut (not the diamond) so both sides are flush, your paper will not be flat anymore.

NOTE: this step can be done after step 7, it will be harder, but the wallet will lay flatter and be more square.

you can also put a small piece of tape at the top of the diamond (on the 2nd panel down)
as this is now the wallets weakest point

now refold, like in step 2

Step 7: Zipper Folding

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I finally figured out an easy way to explain this

you will lock both ends separately.

starting from the inside, and going to the outside, there will be a flap, then a pocket, then another flap, and another pocket. We'll call these 1,2,3,4 respectively. Fold the inner flap (3) into the inner pocket (2), then fold the outer flap (1) over 2 and 3, and into the outer pocket (4).

do the same to the other end.

i would suggest taping flap 3 inside the pocket to hold the wallet together better.

Step 8: Wow, you're done already!

this wallet should easily hold tons of cash, 4 easily accessible credit cards, and 2-4 more locked credit cards

the outside (edge) credit card slot has a flap you tucked in. unfold this flap, put cards in, refold flap, and they should be locked in, you can now put another card in this pocket.

this wallet is very durable due to its construction, but feel free to use tyveck or other materials if you have them.

any questions/improvements/praises PLEASE COMMENT

it should be noted that in the real world i use something like johnsuri's 'anti-wallet'. his idea deserves more credit. i've added an extra clip and some paracord so that i can secure my things to my belt loop, and have my car keys handy. (3rd pic)
takes up less space than a wallet in your front pocket, everything is secure, and since it has my keys too, it's all i have to carry.

superlike it

Davidprior3 days ago


This can work for a week or so not bad at all

binarybosses2 months ago

That's pretty cool. Although if you use normal paper I don't imagine it is something that is going to last for more than a few days, maybe weeks.

FlingoRice8 months ago
I added a "closing strap" while finishing the lock fold. Somehow I only ended up with two card holders but I guess that's okay because I only need my student ID and library card. ;) Great instructions that were easy to follow though.
giankapb9 months ago
I just made 2 paper wallets :) let me know what u guys think.. and which one is your favorite.. i hope u guys like them...
eswale9 months ago
Team, anyone have any recommendations as to paper type to make the wallet last? I'm planning on making some as gifts and would rather not have to cover them with tape.
I made mine out of cartoons from the newspaper and "laminated" it with packaging tape. Love the design by the way
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It's so cute! Nice idea of using packaging tape!
That's pretty sweet. I made one just tonight but made it like I make my duct tape wallets I used to do. I have a really simple way of doing it and, if you wouldn't mind, would like your permission to make an instructable on it. So what do you say?
Punyoka10 months ago
Awesome, I just made a few and finally figured the best way to me. I removed the right side of the inner card holder and replaced it with plastic also, I made a hole to the other side. I used glossy photopaper which is not the best for foldig, but I still like it.
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aman11110 months ago
I made mine so it doesn't have a hole in the bottom of the money pocket, and didn't need to use tape.
nmadival12 months ago
can u pls make a video
This is awesome!
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You should post a video of you making this.
Mr.Stache4 years ago
WOW                                please reply
reply with what
I don't understand the middle diamond cut. Maybe when I make it...
THANKS! I've had a folded tyvek mighty wallet that I've used for several years, and it still has a lot of life left in it. So far, I've resisted the tempatation to take it apart to see how it was made. Your step-by step illustrated guide is so clear and easy to follow. I have already made several wallets while reading thru it. Lots of possiblities for customizing with different sizes of paper too.
I agree, bowmaster... awesome! My son regularly loses his wallets ... student-thinking I guess, rush rush rush - so I casn teach him this... or try the anti-wallet idea, also brill. My own key-ring has small acrds on it, plus I always attach it by the carber-thingy to the hole in the zip inside whatever bag I am using... the number of times this has stopped me from walking away from a counter , purse dangling... (so would have left it behind had it not been attached.) I have also a small credit-card sized magnifier and another one with a small light. BRILLIANT Ible, I really love this clever idea. Both ideas.Thnaks so much.
bowmaster1 year ago
This is awesome, thank you!
I can't download it :(
What do I do?
You dont need to download this tutorial just scroll to the top of the page and click veiw all steps !
This REALLY helped It was a fun easy to-do craft and i loved it. My favorite part is that you can design your own wallet for free! Until next time! Keh keh keh...
ldarling11 year ago
I put change in the secret pockets. Plus, I made a slit instead of slit and diamond to make inside pockets hidden.
Yuliya2 years ago
Just added a tiny magnet to keep the coin pocket closed. Works great:)
lilypop Yuliya1 year ago
how did you add a coin pocket?
Yuliya lilypop1 year ago
I used the piece of paper which remained after cutting out the holes for the credit card pockets. I just glued it behind the right side pocket and made a flap :)
Pwag2 years ago
This needs a printable template for dweebs like me.
You're my favorite deputy!
BLUEBLOBS22 years ago
It also has two bill pockets and a pocket for a driver's license.
TXTCLA552 years ago
Just finished mine. I made a custom design in Photoshop just because the plain style didn't fit well with me.
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BLUEBLOBS22 years ago
This is an epic wallet. I love mine! I even put duct tape over it to make it more durable. :)
reganbella2 years ago
ummmmmmmm.......... I tried :) Great 'ible though! I just couldn't figure it out
battle2 years ago
how far in do you make the side lines
Its best to cover most of it in tape it makes it last longer i covered mine in orange tape :)
Yuliya2 years ago
Awesome instructable! Just made one with transparent paper. Thanks for the great idea!
kought2 years ago
This is a fantastic instructable. I've made tons of these, I've found the best combination to be paper that is laminated with clear packing tape on both sides. That one lasted me about 6 months. I tried making out out of aluminum foil laminated with packing tape, but it ripped in just about a week. I just made one out of Tyvek, hopefully that will last just as long!! I don't think I'll ever buy a wallet. Not when these things are so elegant, thin, and cheap!!

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