How to enter the Instructables Wallet Challenge

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-fi Eye-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-fi Eye-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!

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twisted7 years ago
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)  twisted7 years ago
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.

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

I think it's based on the rating, but i don't know if i'm right.
It's realy based on the rating. Im sure!

With best regards
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.
when will this happen again?
dangermarc7 years ago
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)  dangermarc7 years ago
Nice work!
Are we getting a new wallet challenge at all? I suggest a no paper or tape rule.
oh ya how do you make that wallet shown on this contest the orange one i realy like it and it looks cool
twisted7 years ago
... is the jugding over?
canida twisted7 years ago
Yes- and results are up here.
Yes... It is.
jtobako7 years ago
Juicywallet coin-purse with cap closure

Interesting idea with screw-top security. Not sure it would count, 'cause it's someone's product.
acaz937 years ago
what happens if the winner is not in usa?
jeffreyf acaz937 years ago
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 jeffreyf7 years ago
...understood ;)
zenilorac7 years ago
great competition ...if only there was more time
zieak7 years ago
"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.
I updated my ultimate duct tape wallet, it now has a pen and a key holder.
ewilhelm (author)  AlexTheGreat7 years ago
Post and publish a new Instructable based on your modification to enter the contest.
so i can't use my old instructable?
twisted7 years ago
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
Vendigroth7 years ago
i'd kill for one of those shirts, i mean: i'd bring someone to a complete and crashing end, just to own one of them. Or i could just make a wallet.
I'd recommend the wallet. ;)
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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 ;)
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.
whiteoakart7 years ago
Everybody wins on this one. Runners-up get a wallet!
I have joined the wallet challenge group but my wallet instructable does not show. Why is this and how do i make it?
I just looked and it's there. I may have been on the second page.
PetervG7 years ago
Are you able to buy Instructables stuff? How do you make the shirts?
ewilhelm (author)  PetervG7 years ago
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.
The hand silk screened shirts are very nicely made, I just received mine. Can't wait to see the Instructable.
Kiteman7 years ago

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 Kiteman7 years ago
Ah, never mind, I'll post it with my sketches, add photos when I've got time in a week or two.
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