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
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.