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This is an easy instructable...how to make a billfold out of cardboard.

Step 1: Tools And Materials I Used

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One piece of thin cardboard. Then I used scissors for cutting the paper needed, glue of course, clamps to hold while gluing, paint brushes, and finally, some high gloss polyurethane varnish, water based. For the driver's license compartment, I used a piece of plastic,3 and 7/8ths by 2 and 7/8ths in.
For the edging "leather" I used kraft paper, cut to 3/4in in width. Interior compartments are made of a heavy cardstock.

Step 2: Cut The Cardboard

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I used a thin piece of corrugated cardboard to hold down the bulk. The size of the piece is 4x9 and3/8ths in.

Step 3: Cover Edges with Kraft Paper

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This would be leather on a typical billfold, but for our purpose, strips of kraft paper are used. Fold the pieces in half, lengthway, then glue to the cardboard. Use a liberal amount of glue so that the entire strip of paper is covered and will adhere to the billfold.

Step 4: Make Credit/Debit Card Pockets

I used a colored cardstock here,again to hold down total bulk of the bill fold. I wanted space for three cards, so needed three pieces of cardstock. See pictures for descriptions on how to glue these and leave enough space for the cards.

Step 5: Make Driver Licence Compartment

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Here. I cut cardstock into 3/4 inch strip and long enough to make a border completely around the compartment. I salvaged a piece of plastic from a package I had on hand, cut to the dimensions of 3 and 7/8ths by 2 7/8ths in.

Step 6: Make Driver License For Intended User

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In this instance, Micky needed a driver license to drive in California! (It's a Micky Mouse Billfold!). I used my license with a picture of Micky, then added the information by typing it out on the computer, cutting and pasting with a minimum of glue, then took a picture, printed it out and trimmed to fit.

Step 7: Paint The Puppy

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I wanted to achieve a leather look, so chose colors that would accomplish that. A first coat of burnt sienna (acrylic) paint is used, and allowed to dry. I then sideloaded my brush and painted around the perimeter with a darker shade, asphaltum. Stitching is added by making dots with a marker, then joining the dots with a liner brush. Each stitch has a highlight of lighter paint, and a shadow, made with black paint. See Pictures!

Step 8: Voila! One Virtually Free Billfold of Cardboard!

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You could actually carry this if you wanted to. Kids can have fun with it too, use monoply money, phony driver licenses with their pictures on them, and old, outdated credit cards. (with the numbers sanded off!). Paste their pictures on your license with just a dab of white glue....type out the drivers information on the word processer and cut and paste (literally) unto the license. Take a picture or scan and print out the driver's license.
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Making this for Father's Day I'm sure my dad's going to live it! Thanks!
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
this is an awesome ~ible
Creativeman (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Thank you!
McGrep4 years ago
Very polished and deceptively leather-like. Such a great final product considering all materials are paper and cardboard based (besides the paint). I must try this.
hey, i am ish-new and i want to find out what to do in this site...... any suggestions? WOW this is a awesome wallet......... i love the little license pouch, i have not made it yet but i looked it up on google images........ AWESOME! catch you later!
sweet this is awesome
DebH575 years ago
Hoo Hoo 2 in the finals! Look at you!
Creativeman (author)  DebH575 years ago
Stranger things have happened...I guess? Cman
how do you hold the money? i want to make this because my old leather wallet is peeling to my credit cards... so how do you hold the money?
Matt214976 years ago
This is really cool looking!
Creativeman (author)  Matt214976 years ago
Thanks Matt. Cman
vhcl6 years ago
WHAOOOOO!!!!! I though that was actual stitching until I read this step.
abbyadams6 years ago
Can I make this from old record album covers?
JohnMac6 years ago
This looks so realistic, great job.
Creativeman (author)  JohnMac6 years ago
Thanks JM. Cman
Uthman6 years ago
Absolutely awesome =) I would paint the inside too
Creativeman (author)  Uthman6 years ago
Thank you. Cman
Creativeman (author)  Creativeman6 years ago
Done! Cman
Rishnai6 years ago
Awesome job painting!
Creativeman (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
Thank you. Cman
Nice! This is pretty cool.
Creativeman (author)  computer_freak_86 years ago
Thanks. Cman
Creativeman (author)  computer_freak_86 years ago
Thank you. Cman
thejimdandy6 years ago
Beautiful paint job man. Like many of the other commenter I thought it was leather. Awesome! Well done Creativeman _
Creativeman (author)  thejimdandy6 years ago
Thanks. Cman
Uthman6 years ago
Disneyland is actually located in Anaheim, CA
snownight6 years ago
Best Instructable ever??? Yeah...Fo' Sho'
Creativeman (author)  snownight6 years ago
Thank you snownight! Cman
I appreciate your acknowledgement of my comment. You are very welcome!
scoochmaroo6 years ago
Creativeman (author)  scoochmaroo6 years ago
Thanks scooch:...checked it out, lots of naysaying nabobs of negativity on that site! what's up with that? Cman
It's good for the print screen for your personal memoirs ;) Most people who review things are jerks with too high opinions of their opinions. (er. . . instructables company excluded. . . ?) Someone at an awesome website (besides ours!) thought your project was awesome enough to do their own write up about it! That's awesome! awesome.
Creativeman (author)  scoochmaroo6 years ago
Thanks scooch....I get it....Cman
berky936 years ago
that looks awesome! I think it may be time for me to make a new wallet soon. I've been using a rubber band for a while (it really works well though!) I dont think I'm going to make it out of cardboard, as I tend to completely shred paper/cardboard ones, but you've definitely given me some good inspiration. good job!
Creativeman (author)  berky936 years ago
Thank you!..Cman
imonsei6 years ago
hehe. are you perchance a tabletop player? the details with the painting of the stitches give you away :D (if im correct that is)
DaveNJ6 years ago
C'man - great job! That really looks like leather. Great idea for the stitching too.
Creativeman (author)  DaveNJ6 years ago
Thanks Dave. Cman
I just saw the picture before I saw the title, and I thought it was actually leather. Great job. I need a new wallet.
Creativeman (author)  LuminousObject6 years ago
Thanks. Cman
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