Introduction: Use Cardboard to Make a Billfold or Wallet!

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This is an easy 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

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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.


CrystalB01 (author)2014-06-12

Making this for Father's Day I'm sure my dad's going to live it! Thanks!

sabu.dawdy (author)2012-12-31

this is an awesome ~ible

Creativeman (author)sabu.dawdy2012-12-31

Thank you!

McGrep (author)2011-01-26

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.

yo homie GEEE (author)2010-09-07

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!

no swear-man (author)2010-07-12

sweet this is awesome

DebH57 (author)2009-09-08

Hoo Hoo 2 in the finals! Look at you!

Creativeman (author)DebH572009-09-09

Stranger things have happened...I guess? Cman

mastermakoko (author)2009-09-05

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?

Matt21497 (author)2009-08-26

This is really cool looking!

Creativeman (author)Matt214972009-08-26

Thanks Matt. Cman

vhcl (author)2009-08-20

WHAOOOOO!!!!! I though that was actual stitching until I read this step.

abbyadams (author)2009-08-20

Can I make this from old record album covers?

JohnMac (author)2009-08-07

This looks so realistic, great job.

Creativeman (author)JohnMac2009-08-07

Thanks JM. Cman

Uthman (author)2009-08-06

Absolutely awesome =) I would paint the inside too

Creativeman (author)Uthman2009-08-06

Thank you. Cman

Creativeman (author)Creativeman2009-08-07

Done! Cman

Rishnai (author)2009-08-06

Awesome job painting!

Creativeman (author)Rishnai2009-08-07

Thank you. Cman

computer_freak_8 (author)2009-08-06

Nice! This is pretty cool.

Thanks. Cman

Thank you. Cman

thejimdandy (author)2009-08-06

Beautiful paint job man. Like many of the other commenter I thought it was leather. Awesome! Well done Creativeman _

Creativeman (author)thejimdandy2009-08-06

Thanks. Cman

Uthman (author)2009-08-06

Disneyland is actually located in Anaheim, CA

snownight (author)2009-07-30

Best Instructable ever??? Yeah...Fo' Sho'

Creativeman (author)snownight2009-07-30

Thank you snownight! Cman

snownight (author)Creativeman2009-08-04

I appreciate your acknowledgement of my comment. You are very welcome!

Creativeman (author)scoochmaroo2009-07-31

Thanks scooch:...checked it out, lots of naysaying nabobs of negativity on that site! what's up with that? Cman

scoochmaroo (author)Creativeman2009-07-31

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)scoochmaroo2009-07-31

Thanks scooch....I get it....Cman

berky93 (author)2009-07-31

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)berky932009-07-31

Thank you!..Cman

imonsei (author)2009-07-30

hehe. are you perchance a tabletop player? the details with the painting of the stitches give you away :D (if im correct that is)

DaveNJ (author)2009-07-29

C'man - great job! That really looks like leather. Great idea for the stitching too.

Creativeman (author)DaveNJ2009-07-30

Thanks Dave. Cman

mbudde (author)2009-07-28

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)mbudde2009-07-29

Thanks. Cman

definitely one of the better looking cardboard wallets

ChrysN (author)2009-07-28

The paint and stitching makes it look really snazzy, great job!

Creativeman (author)ChrysN2009-07-29

Thanks Chrys. Cman

Tape-structable (author)ChrysN2009-07-28

Agreed with this. I thought it was real stitching from the first picture!

DebH57 (author)2009-07-29

Well aren't you just a clever fox! Big 5 for you

Creativeman (author)DebH572009-07-29

Thanks Deb. Cman

dreich (author)2009-07-28

Could you add a picture showing how thick this wallet is when folded completely? I'm just curious.

ikestarm17 (author)2009-07-28

I don't get it. It looks just like a wallet. What's a billfold? Anyways, great job and good luck!

billfold = wallet, theres the trifold (3flaps)which is what he did, and a billfold that folds in half(2 flaps)

Creativeman (author)ikestarm172009-07-28

Thanks for the heads up....I retitled it. Cman

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