Introduction: Improved Paper Wallet, Vinyl Style

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This is an improved version of theRIAA'spaper wallet made out of scrap vinyl. This is an awesome design by theRIAA. By making it from vinyl, it makes it more durable, waterproof (opposed to paper), adds stability to the pockets (Internal and External), and is an awesome material to add your own decals to.

Step 1: Materials

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1. Scrap Vinyl, color of your choice, cut to 8.5"X11"
2. Scissors
3. Exacto knife
4. A mind for safety when handling sharp objects!

Step 2: Folding the Wallet

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Follow theRIAAs paper wallet instructions up to step 4. When you get to step 4 start, continue reading.

Step 4:
When folding in the flaps, remove the vinyl backing to adhere the vinyl to itself (I found an exacto knife worked best). This adds durability to outside pockets edge.

Step 5: Optional
Use of piece of vinyl instead of tape.

Step 3: Step 6: Cut Edges

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Round corners of flaps so it will be easier to apply to the inside of the wallet.

Step 4: Step 7: Cut and Tuck

This part is the trickiest part. Please read over theRIAAs original instructable on Step 7, to understand the Zipper Fold, if not already familiar with it.

1. Peel back first flap and cut off backing.
2. Tuck, carefully, into pocket. (See video)

Step 5: Finished

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Now that you have a vinyl wallet, add cool decals to it or just leave it as is! My current vinyl wallet is made out of etched vinyl, it looks like shiny silver. If you have any cool decal ideas or any ideas, let me know!


bibamofo (author)2010-01-12

You can probably get scrap vinyl from your local sign shop.  They may charge you something for it.  I have also had luck contacting the folks at Java Signs.  They had a lot of specialty vinyl that they were willing to cut small pieces of for a few bucks plus shipping.  I got glow-in-the-dark vinyl from them and it rules.

It is also important to note that there is a difference between cast adhesive vinyl and calendered adhesive vinyl.  Cast is BETTER.  It is more durable, and less likely to shrink with time.  So if you find some nice person at a sign shop who will hook you up, ask for cast if they have it.  Sign shops that do vehicle wraps tend to have lots of cast vinyl scraps.

wenpherd (author)2008-11-14

do you have to cut the vinyl to the same size as a sheet of normal paper

Greywyn (author)2008-05-20

Pretty nice. Also, i'm not sure if it is vinyl or not, but i cut up an old 3-ring binder and used the cover of that. it worked pretty good.

portis (author)2008-04-06

yes, please. is this an art supply shop thing?

Heywasup (author)2008-03-30

I know they're so sharp! My friends drool over them. LOL! :vP

Heywasup (author)2008-03-16

i have the same scizzors. cutter bee? right?

Demokr (author)Heywasup2008-03-16

Haha, yup! They're great! I love the precise tip on them.

dangermarc (author)2008-03-06

Where does one get scrap vinyl?

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-27


These wallets actually look pretty cool.. might try th(e or i)s out.

Confused? I meant thisor these. :P

naught101 (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-06

that would be th(e|i)s(e)... you forgot the final e. :)

SIN.BAD (author)2008-03-06

Interesting. I no longer have to buy wallet again

steventrotter (author)2008-03-06

My paper wallet lasted 12 weeks. Can't wait to try this version out! Thanks!

Demokr (author)2008-03-04

An update on my etched vinyl wallet. The center crease where you tape the two ends together is ripping. I forgot that etched vinyl rips easier than regular vinyl. (sacrifice looks for quality) An easy fix is to put another piece of tape/vinyl on the back side of the center crease along with the front.

Firebert010 (author)2008-03-02

Great 'Ible, when I get my hands on some extra vinyl I'll give this a try.

keefurxxcore (author)2008-02-29

Nice, they look nice. Where can I buy it? Auto decal store?

theRIAA (author)2008-02-27

hay, that's a good idea, I used to use tyveck and tape. Now just use a rubber band around my plastic cards. Cash was handy, but I usually spend it on stuff I didn't really need /:

summit (author)2008-02-27

Where can you get vinyl paper? I've checked ACMoore and they don't sell it.

Demokr (author)summit2008-02-27

I used to work at a sign shop, so I have a lot of scraps. You can try a sign shop, I'm sure they would let you dig around for some scraps, or just ask them for a small enough piece.

joejoerowley (author)2008-02-27

Nice! This looks great! Well done!!

mantislee (author)2008-02-27

Excellent instructable. Maybe 6 months ago, I actually ventured out on a more durable version of the paper wallet by using a spare 3 ring binder and cutting the plastic off the front that is supposed to hold a cover page. I ended up using reinforced clear duct tape and it has held up well, but I might have to check out this much cleaner assembly. Good job. Long live thin wallets! ML

tubular (author)2008-02-27

This is awesome. I have been through a couple of different wallets lately - mostly inspired by Instructables. :) I started with the paper wallet from theRIAA, then made the same thing from a FedEx tyvex envelope, but after getting fed up with having to refold it whenever it got roughed up a little, I went with the rubber band method - all my credit cards in a neat little stack held together with the rubber band. I rarely carry cash, when I do I just fold it in and tuck in between the cards. this has worked out really well for me but now I will try this out. Great Instructable.

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