I have made a very lightweight but functional wallet / art piece, from a Tyvek postal envelope. Inspired by the duck tape wallet, I thought I would like something a little lighter in weight. What better material than tyvek? It is very durable, and we get them in the mail all the time. This design uses only one envelope, including the adhesive strip ( if you are using a new envelope ). For the purpose of this design I used a new envelope, to make cutting and photographing easier and to show how you can utilize the adhesive strip for assembling the wallet. When possible, I suggest using a recycled envelope from a package someone sent you. You can use clear postal tape to assemble the wallet.

Note: If you can find one with a clear window, you could somehow utilize that portion to display your drivers license once assembled, but the cutting would need to be modified for this purpose.

If anyone can add to this design, I would love the feedback. Ideally it would be better to be able to fold the envelope and only do a few cuts. Maybe someone with origami knowledge can help us with this idea?
berserk6 years ago
How durable is tyvek for this application? I had just a plastic sleeve for my licence and stuff but it's wearing out. It has lasted for several years, so how well does this hold up?
keng berserk3 years ago
I've had the same tyvek wallet I made lasted for six years. I'm folding up a new one tonight just cuz it looks a little ratty.
mckean6 years ago
Hi, neat wallet! It is a little too large for slotting into pockets so I can only hope Fedex starts making smaller tyvek envelopes LOL Good post!
dynomighty6 years ago
Here is how strong tyvek can be - We use a thicker grade of tyvek for the Mighty Wallet but you get a good idea of how strong it really is when you can suspend someone from a Mighty Wallet!

xuper8 years ago
I live in australia and want to build one and cant find a tyvek envalope. Where could i get one? Would a GPO post office have them and would they have writing printed on them? Great instructable by the way.
berserk xuper6 years ago
Could Tyvek be called something different there?
stasterisk6 years ago
You can also join tyvek with an iron or a heat sealer - no tape necessary! Try it, it's slick
Mr.Devious8 years ago
It's a rather shame, must have got your idea from this guy:


Whether or not this guy from the link was the orginator of the idea or not, he's managed to create them from single sheets, without cutting the tyvek into millions of peices, thusly, it's almost as good as a real wallet. Perhaps better. Take a look folks
Thanks for the recognition... really appreciate that - Yeah the idea of it being from one single sheet means you don't have any weak points or parts that can be torn off or come unglued. I've also reworked the design of my own "Mighty Wallets" that I sell online. dynomighty.com - Terrence
merlin1974 (author)  Mr.Devious8 years ago
I just saw those wallets in Ready Made magazine - looks like he sells them on his website for $20 if you want to buy one with his airmail logo on it which is pretty cool. I came up with my version on my own while making a duck tape wallet, without ever seeing his version before, after I saw PF Flyers shoes made from Tyvek. I agree, its an eligant design without a lot of pieces. My version is different, but I guess if someone wants to make one they can change it however they want by cutting to size while building and not having to do a lot of advance layout work. I love simplicity but sometimes quick and dirty is good too :)
Thanks for the mention - but just to clarify they are now 15$ and made with a much thicker grade of tyvek than found in std envelopes. but if you wanna make your own i've posted the instructions here too:
wisepig8 years ago
Awesome wallet. I added the ID window part and double layered my pockets to make it a bit more durable (but it also got a little thicker).
Enkephalin8 years ago
Great idea, but I would suggest cutting down on the size somewhat--this doesn't fit into my pocket.
I've had mine for about a month now and it's holding up pretty well
I used an olfa rotary cutter to cut the adhesive strip and didn't have any problems with it getting gummy at all.
shameless8 years ago
I'm planning on using this thing overseas. Its going to need a new paint job, but its superlight and looks like it should fit British Pounds and Euros as well as the almighty dollar.

Nice buildup.

Wow. It holds the little softsided Moleskines Cahiers absolutely perfect if you place the center adhesive in the right spot. Seperate pockets for different currency, holds a passport AND a graph ruled moleskine = my new favorite wallet.

darkmotion9 years ago
sweet. too bad they dont sell it in australia hahah
Divejeep9 years ago
For those of you that go backpacking, you may remember that you can make any paper waterproof by brushing on a coat of Thompson's Water Seal! I'm sure this will work for this wallet as well.
theRIAA9 years ago
i think those envelopes are pretty watter resistant and would hold up well
this is so cool but if you wana make it waterproof laminate it or cover it in clear packing tape
darkmotion9 years ago
I made a sweet ductape one- but it gets all sticy- that looks great! :( soo bad ur screwed when it gets wet
Great idea! I love that material and I agree it's very good for a light wallet. Thanks!