Introduction: How to Enter the Instructables Wallet Challenge

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You've told us over and over, and we finally got the message: DIY Wallets are hot.

Wallet made from a computer keyboard
Paper Wallet
quality duct tape wallet
the Ultimate Duct Tape Wallet
Tyvek FedEx Wallet with Change Pocket
and a whole bunch more...

So, we're holding a 5-day Wallet Challenge. Make a wallet, share it on Instructables, and you could win a beta Eye-fiEye-Film. These SD cards are 802.11g wifi enabled and will upload your pictures directly to some of the major photo sharing and storage services (check out the forum post about them here).

Since this is a short challenge, we're going to judge the Instructables based on their rating and pageviews.

First Prize
The Instructable with the highest rating will win a a beta Eye-fiEye-Film and an Instructables t-shirt.

Second Prize
The three Instructables with the greatest number of pageviews (after the First Prize winner, if necessary) will each win Instructables t-shirts.

Entries must be published between now and Sunday April 29th at 11:59 PM PDT, and added the Wallet Challenge Group. Instructables published prior to the start of this Challenge are not eligible. Add the keyword "wallet_challenge" to your Instructable (you can do so after it's published by clicking "add keywords" in the left sidebar and typing wallet_challenge), and click on that keyword to see how your's stacks up. We'll judge based on the standings at 10 AM PDT Tuesday May 1st, and announce the results shortly thereafter. Since this is a short challenge and since we're judging it via input from the community, getting your Instructable in early gives you an advantage.

I've added a Popularizing Your Instructable section to the How to make a great Instructable, to help you get your Instructable out and seen.

If you've already submitted a wallet Instructable, make another with improvements and submit that! Make a wallet that's already on the site, link to the inspiring Instructable, and tell us how you made it better! Any wallet, purse, or wallet-like thing, like this one for example, is fair game.

UPDATE:Results are up!


twisted (author)2007-04-28

Question: the 2-4 place instructables are juged only on the number of page views correct? If so, wont the instructables created BEFORE this contest like the "quality duct tape wallet" (which has 19,635 page views at the moment.)have a HUGE unfair advantage? Or will you only count page views from this weeks time period? in which case the instructables that have been here for a long time would STILL have an advantage, popularity. Anyways, hope u can clear this up for me :) ~Twisted

ewilhelm (author)twisted2007-04-28

Entries must be published between now and Sunday April 29th at 11:59 PM PDT

Instructable originally published outside the timeframe of the challenge, are not eligible.

onebadbunny (author)ewilhelm2014-03-23

the year in the date would be nice; crazy enough, 6 years later, im looking at this and wanting to enter.

AlexTheGreat (author)twisted2007-04-28

I think it's based on the rating, but i don't know if i'm right.

exploder (author)AlexTheGreat2008-05-07

It's realy based on the rating. Im sure!

With best regards

jeffreyf (author)twisted2007-04-28

We're only counting the contest period.

That said, if your entry were to get linked to from Digg, other blogs, etc, the page views of a few days just don't matter. For instance, while theRIAA's paper wallet has almost 100 thousand pageviews, the *vast* majority of them happened this week.

Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-11-01

when will this happen again?

dangermarc (author)2008-03-04

A year too late:

I used this instructable: Paper Wallet

I made my own last night out of a Tyvek envelope.

I even customized it with my logo/signature that I use on my artwork (

I used an epson 2400 printer to print on the envelope. I had to use the Manual Roll feed, and the sharp edges DO bleed slightly. I wouldn't recommend Tyvek for printing photos, or images where there are small details you want to keep.

One mod I added: a slit on the back side for easy in/out of my Metro card. This is the item I pull out most often, and so it's easily accessible now without the need to pull out the wallet from my pocket.

Check the photos.

ewilhelm (author)dangermarc2008-03-04

Nice work!

gmjhowe (author)ewilhelm2009-03-11

Are we getting a new wallet challenge at all? I suggest a no paper or tape rule.

Jr Hacking kid (author)2008-02-15

oh ya how do you make that wallet shown on this contest the orange one i realy like it and it looks cool

twisted (author)2007-05-01

... is the jugding over?

canida (author)twisted2007-05-01

Yes- and results are up here.

LasVegas (author)twisted2007-05-01

Yes... It is.

jtobako (author)2007-04-29

Juicywallet coin-purse with cap closure

Interesting idea with screw-top security. Not sure it would count, 'cause it's someone's product.

acaz93 (author)2007-04-27

what happens if the winner is not in usa?

jeffreyf (author)acaz932007-04-28

I have to write a letter to the Secretary of Education explaining why American citizens weren't up to the task of making satisfactory wallets. I kid. I kid. We ship internationally.

acaz93 (author)jeffreyf2007-04-29

...understood ;)

zenilorac (author)2007-04-29

great competition ...if only there was more time

zieak (author)2007-04-29

"we're going to judge the Instructables based on their rating and pageviews." That part of the rules has seemed to encourage some instructable authors to sort of pimp their projects on other project comment pages which kind of comes across as spammy. I know that increased traffic is good for instructables but i would sure encourage a better measure of the value of a project than hit counts.

AlexTheGreat (author)2007-04-26

I updated my ultimate duct tape wallet, it now has a pen and a key holder.

ewilhelm (author)AlexTheGreat2007-04-26

Post and publish a new Instructable based on your modification to enter the contest.

AlexTheGreat (author)ewilhelm2007-04-28

so i can't use my old instructable?

twisted (author)2007-04-28

Question: the 2-4 place instructables are juged soly on page views correct? if so, wont teh instructables created BEFORE this contest like the "ultament ducttape wallet" have a HUGE unfair advantage? or will you only count page views from this weeks time period? in which case the instructables that have been here for a long time would STILL have an advantage, popularity. anyways, hope u can clear this up for me :) ~Twisted

T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-04-24

I'm sorry, we just did who vs whom recently in English

OK. I will remember to do that in the future thank you.

No problem ;)

whiteoakart (author)2007-04-26

Everybody wins on this one. Runners-up get a wallet!

The Rocketizer (author)2007-04-26

I have joined the wallet challenge group but my wallet instructable does not show. Why is this and how do i make it?

lebowski (author)The Rocketizer2007-04-26

I just looked and it's there. I may have been on the second page.

T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-04-24

Actually, it depends on whom.

depends on who's closest maybe two or three people, i don't know. Actually, i don't think i'll be entering this one, i'll concentrate on the laser cutter thing. I've got a lot of experiments to get out of the way till i'm confident the process works and can be easily re-created.

PetervG (author)2007-04-25

Are you able to buy Instructables stuff? How do you make the shirts?

ewilhelm (author)PetervG2007-04-25

RIght now, you can only win Instructables stuff. The shirts are hand silk screened right here in Alameda. We'll have an Instructable up on that soon, hopefully.

gelstudios (author)ewilhelm2007-04-26

The hand silk screened shirts are very nicely made, I just received mine. Can't wait to see the Instructable.

Kiteman (author)2007-04-25


I've got just the thing for this on the back-burner, but I've got the school inspectors in on Monday and Tuesday.

(Sound of panicked Kiteman disappearing into distance, accompanied by thin scream. Sound gradually gets louder again as he returns to say...)

Oh, and I probably won't be around much for the next week or so, for that same reason.

Kiteman (author)Kiteman2007-04-25

Ah, never mind, I'll post it with my sketches, add photos when I've got time in a week or two.

marksbren (author)2007-04-25

Great contest. I posted my Tyvek card holder wallet. It seemed to work well. Good luck to everyone and there are some great ideas out there.

TonyRomero (author)2007-04-25

Posted my tetra brick wallet ,check it out!

jessyratfink (author)2007-04-25

Oh, why must it be finals week?! I'll just have to try to figure something out while I'm at work, I guess. :P

trebuchet03 (author)2007-04-24

Cool :) Alas, I already have a shirt... So someone else better win :p

I don't know why I said alas - it's not really that sad :p Plus, wallets aren't my style - I go for the pretensioned coiled torsion spring clip. I the presence of paper, the laymen calls it a paper clip... In the presence of money, it'd be a money clip. In either case, he asks me if I need help writing a letter when I rarely type using MS word :D

knex hater hater (author)2007-04-24

Nice wallets all of you guys have. ive been thinking to enter this. But five days is kind of short dont you think. Maybe 6 or 7. Its just my opinion. Happy instruct-a-building.

T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-04-24

!! I just got a great idea! Make a third winner category, they win their wallet made by the Instructables team. Actually, that should be the super-grand prize. That's definitely a one of a kind wallet!

randofo (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-04-24

As the designated "wallet maker," I would have to say that making one was enough for me. However, you're more than welcome to come here and challange me to feats of strength for the wallet that I have already made (the orange one in the picture).

T3h_Muffinator (author)randofo2007-04-24

I'll be there this summer =)

srwoodruff (author)2007-04-24

how about one like those ACM wallets?

zieak (author)2007-04-24

Drat! Should have sat on my project waiting for this contest!

ewilhelm (author)zieak2007-04-24

Chicken and egg problem. Without seeing the popularity of your wallet, we probably wouldn't have thought of doing this challenge.

canida (author)zieak2007-04-24

make another with improvements and submit that!

There's nothing you'd improve?

randofo (author)2007-04-24

I've been wanting to make a wallet to hold all of my other wallets.... a meta-wallet if you will... maybe this is excuse enough.

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