Picture of Wallet made from a computer keyboard
In all likelihood there is a keyboard within a few feet of you. Inside that keyboard there probably is a circuit sheet that makes for a surprisingly durable and thin material for making a wallet.

Any mention of this project must provide a link to www.zieak.com with credit to Ryan McFarland.

Why? In taking apart electronics i find uses for most of the parts. Things which can not be reused go into scrap piles for recycling. But these sheets couldn't be easily reused and probably can not be recycled. I tried using overhead transparency sheets that had been printed on for a customized clear wallet pattern but the sheets mark when folded or creased. These circuit sheets are extremely durable.

You'll need:
A desktop computer keyboard (for the circuit sheet and a metal piece as a straight edge)
A screwdriver to open the keyboard
A ruler or tape measure
A cutting board or cutting mat
A razor knife
Sharp scissors
A roll of clear packing tape

The fine folks at HowCast have made a video from my Instructable...

Step 1: Open the keyboard

Picture of Open the keyboard
All of the keyboards i have opened have used a series of small Phillips screws to secure the top and bottom pieces. Remove them and open the keyboard. There probably is a sheet of metal secured with more screws. Remove the screws and set the sheet of metal aside to use as a straight edge during your cutting. Next is the circuit sheet which should be quite easy to remove.
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eilu made it!7 months ago
This is the one I made. It holds 6 cards (plus one hidden among the bills.) I keep a Disney dollar in the very back so nosey people won't be able to quite make out what I have in there!
zieak (author)  eilu6 months ago

Cool, and good idea with the concealing bill.

Pepe Silvia made it!6 months ago

Great Instructable! Really well designed project, clear instructions, fun to make, and upcycling! I don't care how old this Instructable is, it's new to me!

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I really like this wallet and its great for computer freaks like me.... thanks but next time can you please make the taping instructions a little more clearer it was a lil hard to understand... thnkx i love it

the_lalo1 year ago

its awesome!:D

Sadi789 made it!1 year ago

I made this to replace my old duct tape wallet that's falling apart. I added a place to hang a small pocket knife and a key by taping two bobby pins to an outer side of the wallet. On the other side I hung a small carabiner clip. Inside the wallet there's a couple extra spaces for credit cards. I used a piece of tape to keep the wallet closed, because I always overstuff my wallets. I'm in love!

rtaylor41 made it!1 year ago

I made this for my boyfriend, and he absolutely loved it! The instructions were great and I will definitely be making this for all my guys for Christmas!

ajokinmom1 year ago
You just saved my butt for a Christmas gift! LOVE THIS!!
cena530581 year ago
Fantastic! I wonder if tent repair tape would work well. It is very thin nylon fabric with strong, permanent adhesive that seems to be UV-resistant. It might stand up to repeated flexing better than packing tape.
kylezo2 years ago
I'd like to add a middle flap, but I can't figure out how. Advice? What's it affixed to?
blossom92832 years ago
I might do this for my hubby for Christmas, it seems I have to get him a new wallet every year. (Can I say George Costanza wallet). Maybe this will help him to keep a neat and thus non falling apart wallet.
mr magic3 years ago
Great, I had one for a while too.origami pattern out of same stuff ,otherwise same concept.
they last for ages

This is the probably the coolest thing I've made on Instructables so far.
I made it about 2 years ago and it's been my favorite wallet ever, hands down. Every time I whip it out for a quick purchase, there's usually someone who marvels at the superb craftsmanship of it, but mostly it's someone wondering how geeky you can get.
Props to you Zieak.
zieak (author)  Frostytheswimmer3 years ago
Thank you!
Major6273 years ago
Probably one of the greatest nerd ideas ever.
infob3 years ago
Done. Using it. Thanks.
acarden3 years ago
Made this for my computer geek boyfriend. Added an extra card slot and an ID slot. Can't seem to keep it closed though, hopefully will mould more with time. Great instruct
monsterlego3 years ago
Did this today. very cool!
monsterlego3 years ago
Cool and easy!

imma make it.
PJEC4 years ago
This is a great instructable, I love it. What would it look like if you put maybe bits of white plastic bag in the middle of it to make the circuit boards show up really well?
Xombie Doll4 years ago
this is awesome
snowflake814 years ago
Loved this instructable! I made mine smaller, 15x9,5cm (the size of a 50euros bill, i never get higher value ones ;D ) and you put in the cards the other side.
bilbo11954 years ago
I printed a circuit on a transparent sheet and did the same thing as the instructable
braxtonb1104 years ago
Awesome instructable good job just made mine turned out terrific
ppatches244 years ago
I love this wallet so much i have used it for a while and all my friends asked were i got it hahahaha thanks for the sweet project
zieak (author)  ppatches244 years ago
Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
geoschiss4 years ago
If you use the fiber reinforced shipping tape it will last much longer. Just make sure to keep the "grain" of the tape across (not with) the area being taped.
raumthemad4 years ago
I took this idea and made a custom tri-fold wallet with 6 card slots: One windowed card slot (for driver's license) on the leftmost panel, two stacked card slots with a "secret compartment"-style slot behind them on the center, and then just two tiered card slots on the right panel. Instead of tape, I used something called "drafting applique", which is a very very thin layer of plastic with a super-strong adhesive on the other side that comes in paper-sized sheets. I was able to custom-cut tape in all sorts of odd shapes.
Even with six cards loaded in the wallet, it is about an eighth of an inch thick and only slightly larger than the average-sized credit card.
glowe9974 years ago
cheersthis is a great help :)
gabry2074 years ago
great idea!! here is mine:
zieak (author)  gabry2074 years ago
Deslivres4 years ago
That was great n_n I saw your Instructable over the summer (shortly after my students and I dismantled a bunch of old keyboards) and thought I'd mix your idea with the trusty old duct tape wallet.
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zieak (author)  Deslivres4 years ago
Ooohhh... I like the way the circuit sheets really show well!
Deslivres zieak4 years ago
Yeah, it was a pretty great surprise ! Polishing the concept, and then they're off to Etsy.
Made one as a present fro a friend today, love it so much I'm going to make my own. I added an extra flap in the middle for more cards.
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zieak (author)  madamcrumpworthy4 years ago
That's great! I like your extra card hold holders.
The only thing i have to say is Take your time. i took about 2 hours to make mine and it looks really nice. one bad thing is, i had to leave this under my mattress for about 8-12 hours to break it in and make the middle fold more permanent
stu2theMax5 years ago
This has got to be one of the sweetest wallets I have ever seen. I've made a wallet 100% out of packing tape so its transparent. But how you came up this one i greatly commend you for. Thanx for sharing.
Haha, you mean everyone can see the exact contents of your wallet at all times? Something tells me that was a bad move ;). JKLOL -Y
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