Ultimate Paper Wallet





Introduction: Ultimate Paper Wallet

This DIY folded paper wallet will hold over ten credit cards and several bills, yet is only 1/4" thick and will easily fit in a back pocket.

Step 1: Assemble Your Materials

Materials needed

1) 9" x 12" piece of heavy paper (the front 1/2 of a manilla envelope works well)
10) credit cards (or however many you will need to carry)
1) pencil or pen

Step 2: Fold Sheet in Half

This will give you a guideline for the center of the sheet

Step 3: Unfold

Unfold- the crease should be pointing up as in the photo

Step 4: Fold to About 3/4" to 1" From the Edge

Fold to about 3/4" - 1" from the edge

Step 5: Fold Back So New Fold Meets the Center Line

Fold back so new fold meets the center line

Step 6: Repeat Last 2 Folds for Other End

Turn paper aound 180 degress and repeat the last 2 folds for the other end; You should end up with a fanfold in the exact center of the paper as in the photo.

Step 7: Not As Tricky As It Looks...

Unfold just the center of the fanfold to get the compound fold shown in the photo.

Step 8: Turn the Paper Over and Fold the Bottom Edge

Turn the paper over and fold the bottom edge up about 1 1/2"

Step 9: Insert Cards

Insert your credit cards under each side of the center flap; I'm using 10 here, 5 on each side. The cards will act as a template to determine the final size of the wallet.

Step 10: Fold & Mark the Top Flap

Fold the top down tightly over the cards; Mark the top flap where it meets the bottom flap.

Step 11: Fold at Mark

Unfold the top flap and make a new fold at the mark. (Mark is just visible in the photo)

Step 12: Turn the Whole Thing Over

Turn the whole thing over- keep the cards in place.

Step 13: Fold the Ends

Fold the ends in tightly against the cards

Step 14: Tuck in the Ends

Tuck one end into the other as in the photo

Step 15: Turn the Whole Thing Over and Fold the Top Flap Down

Turn the whole thing over and fold the top flap down

Step 16: That's It!

Keep your cards inside, and tuck bills into the outer flap on the back of the wallet.



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    Couldn't get 8.5x11 to work- it's just too small. Maybe legal size? Actually, you might be able to make 8.5x11 to work if you omit the flap over the credit card side.

    cant u fold it once more so that its smaller ? the only problem with toat is that the bills can fall out.

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    Sure- but it'll be more than twice as thick this way. I've been using this wallet daily for about a year and I've never had any problem with money falling out.