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Ultimate paper wallet

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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.
 
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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

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

Step 3: Unfold

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

Step 4: Fold to about 3/4" to 1" from the edge

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

Step 5: Fold back so new fold meets the center line

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Fold back so new fold meets the center line

Step 6: Repeat last 2 folds for other end

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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...

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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

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

Step 9: Insert cards

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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

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

Step 11: Fold at mark

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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

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

Step 13: Fold the ends

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Fold the ends in tightly against the cards

Step 14: Tuck in the ends

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Tuck one end into the other as in the photo

Step 15: Turn the whole thing over and fold the top flap down

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Turn the whole thing over and fold the top flap down

Step 16: That's it!

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Keep your cards inside, and tuck bills into the outer flap on the back of the wallet.
thanks. :)
Could you use 8.5x11 inch paper?
jaywiese (author)  chrisrock4106 years ago
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.
ianbar206 years ago
cant u fold it once more so that its smaller ? the only problem with toat is that the bills can fall out.
jaywiese (author)  ianbar206 years ago
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.
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