Picture of no sew Nes controller Wallet
another reinvention of this gaming classic

Step 1: You will need

Picture of you will need
one sacrificial Nes controller
small phillips screwdriver
wire snip pliers
UHU glue
Long Zip
awig11 months ago

oh lord. i love it!

amerari2 years ago
Loved this will go on my to-do lists for 2013
sir i am afraid your genius is showing!
and here i am searching for a cheap nes controller. ughh
jintrigger6 years ago
Is there anyway to this and still manage to have a working controller. That would be sweet
zenilorac (author)  jintrigger6 years ago
i guess u could... u would need to make a lining to hold the circut board in place also there would be a long cable to deal with but not impossible if u make it post a picture!
That shouldn't be hard to keep this circuit board in place but for the cord I was thinking of something retractable like some of the newer iron that retract so the cord wont be all over the place
That would be cool! I think you should make it. All in favor?

Win Guy
TechKid673 years ago
These look extremely profitable! I recommend jumping on that or at least patenting the idea. Love them
Calico Jack3 years ago
I don't know if it was with permission or not, but this 'ible has been plagiarized word for word here:
zenilorac (author)  Calico Jack3 years ago
it was without permission, thanks for the heads up :)
adeboard3 years ago
I'm not sure I understand that bottom? Does the controller close up with the zipper inside or....?
zenilorac (author)  adeboard3 years ago
the zip i used was short so only long enough to go around three edges. i used a piece of ribbon glued in place to make a 'hinge' along the bottom edge.
hope that helps
Win Guy3 years ago
This is cool, but I wouldn't feel okay about destroying a perfectly good NES controller - those things are ANCIENT, you know! Do you have any idea where I might be able to find an imitation shell?

Win Guy
zenilorac (author)  Win Guy3 years ago
i imagine an 'imitation' shell would probably cost more than the garage sale price tag of the old controller. but i guess u could cast a replica if you had an original to work from. it was mainly an art/recycling project using found material and plays on the iconic look of the controller. thanks for looking and taking the time to comment
Very nice....! I'm a man myself and I always carry a change purse, so what?
exactly. when my friends ask me why i carry one, i just stare at them.
lol nice
Me too.
zenilorac (author)  NatureBoom214 years ago
there is one on instructibles here-
but not identical.

the image came from a site selling them i think
but far grom cheap

if you work it out make an instructable of it
MapTa=Marty5 years ago
 That's pretty awesome!
mfcds6 years ago
I heard you shouldn't use the sewing machine with zippers. it breaks the needle.
zenilorac (author)  mfcds6 years ago
nah, you just have to be a little careful and go slow. I originally planned to sew a liner/zipped pocket then stick the case in place but junk store sewing machine was being difficult
DrWeird1176 years ago
James Rolfe would love this.
Yes, AVGN would be overjoyed to own one of these.
Somebody send him one.
Gage9877 years ago
how do people make all these and get the controller like many others have said these controllers are gonna go extinct
they will extinct eventually.... everyting will.... thats y u get replicas...
danteblanco7 years ago
Thanks for this ((:
I made mine
and it came out pretty sick.
LINK:this is what it looks like
zenilorac (author)  danteblanco7 years ago
looks good, please include a link to this instructable on your deviant art page thanks
skyler53797 years ago
hey what do you do to the bottom so there isn't a huge hole on the bottom where all your money falls out?
zenilorac (author)  skyler53797 years ago
i glued in a strip of ribbon to act like hinge, alternativley glue i a long zip that wiould go all the way round
What did you use for glue? I find that super glue is not working and hotglue peels away from the plastic. Great idea by the way and would love to use for a teen craft project!
NetReaper7 years ago
It would also me cool if you made it on hinges and had it snap open, it could have fabric lining on the inside and little pockets too. then i would look like a nes controller when closed, great for confusing people when they see you open it
eeeXsmart7 years ago
OMG!!!!!! i love it!!! it's great!!!! definitely making!! thanks!!
You know it's just a matter of time before the world runs out of NES controllers with all these MP3 and wallet mods..... :P
When that happens I will be here with an instructable on how to turn a NES controller wallet into a functioning one. XD
czarnian7 years ago
I did this proyect a few months ago, here H add a few tips: - If you can't find UHU glue, use PVC piping glue. You knoy, the clear glue that can gets you high if you inhale too close to the piping just glued, you can purchase it at your local hardware store. Be sure it's for PVC piping, not epoxy or any other glue. This glue bonds in matter of seconds, so be sure where do you wanna glue something, there's no coming back after you glued it. For gluing the zipper to the NES controller, I went for stages. Take a file binder clip (the black with two silver legs kinda clips, the ones that some people use to make photo framings, you know...) and star gluing one inch at a time, put some glue, put the zipper, clip with the binder clip, let it be for a couple of minutes, take the clip out, repeat. Lining: Leaving coinage in a plastic container is kinda noisy. I figured that out the day after I made the purse. so, i made a lining for the purse out of a piece of EVA gum. Cut to fit the inner walls of the purse, then glue with the piping glue. (EVA gum is the same material that some kiddie play-n-learn toys are made, it's a soft plastic, foamy but dense, find it at your office supplies store (or at the hobbie/craft store, there are still some granmas that made napkin holders or TP covers out of an EVA gum sheet.) to glue or not to glue (the buttons): A friend of mine told me that it would have been cool if I let the buttons with the gum inside, for a more realistic effect on the casual observer (like "dude, nice purse.....the buttons still work?"...happens a lot...). Personally I glued them, excep for the select/start, that I left untouched. It's up to you. If you have any question about the procedure, dfeel free to contact me via PM. Greetz to the original conceiver of this idea. see ya. Czarnian
zenilorac (author)  czarnian7 years ago
thanks. i like the idea of the lining, i might have to update my prototype : )
OMFGrhombus7 years ago
I'm seriously about to make this! What a great idea!
Neodudeman8 years ago
Now That's Awesome.
summersa8 years ago
ps instead of using the zipper i'm thinking using magnetts
summersa8 years ago
pretty cool idea although its not big enough to hold cards I guess it might if I expand the middle and let the hinge hang out a bit but thats not cool. I'm a little disappointed but its still sweet.
organizm9878 years ago
whats UHU glue?
zenilorac (author)  organizm9878 years ago
UHU is strong clear craft glue you can buy in United kingdom. gluegun would work well too
i got the regular UHU glue and it doesnt work. it wont stick
zenilorac (author)  organizm9878 years ago
i used the regular stuff in the yellow tube... i think i held the zip in place until it dried a bit sorry i cant be more helpful than that
like a hot glue gun?
sorry about the reapeat
this is a cool instructable but can you make a link of how make the casset tape wallet? because the orange one looks cool
organizm9878 years ago
whats UHU glue?
organizm9878 years ago
i would probably put something on the inside, so that the money doesnt rip or anything like that. ill post some pictures later.
Vinstepula8 years ago
I like this wallet. I needed a new wallet so I decided to look on here. One of the few that didn't have to deal with duct tape or paper. :P Although I'll probably do a slightly different version because I carry enough cards that I'll need a card holder or something.
DarkPhoenix8 years ago
I LOVE this idea! I'm a crafting/video game junkie on my downtime so I HAVE to make one of these.

P.S. I'm a girl and this isn't a piece of junk idea. I think it's GREAT you came up with this and decided to share it with other people who care _
J_SCAP8 years ago
this is kick assssssssss now while im in line to buy a slushy at 7 11 i can play mario in my head
speedcat138 years ago
Mmmm... girl geeks are sexy...
PENIX8 years ago
WTF, this is useless. No one would want that thing in their back pocket. You could use this thing as a change purse, but real men don't carry a change purse.
kencomer PENIX8 years ago
Yeah. This is even more useless as a painting by Van Gogh. Wait...
Tierra PENIX8 years ago
speak for yourself PENIX, I'd love to bust this thing out and just play around when I'm bored in a lecture or something
zenilorac (author)  PENIX8 years ago
its not 'useless' it holds money! What happened to the 'be nice' comments policy? 'if you cant say something nice, dont say anything at all' im a girl, i made it for myself.
hey, don't get up on his case like that, he is entitled to his opinion. I think that the internet, at least, has the whole freedom of speech thing, right?
I like it, zenilorac. Kicks ass. As for the haters, I think it sucks when people write comments like that PENIX jerk. If you don't like it, go find an instructable you do like. Who would even waste their breath writing something negative when there are so many great instructables to look at? What a jerk. "WTF, this is useless.." No, I will tell you what is useless, some A**hole posting negative comments that hasn't even contributed an instructable of their own to this great community. Aren't there moderators here that can delete those peoples accounts or at least remind them of the "policy?" I will get off my soapbox now, but anyways, I love this instructable and want to see more of your ideas. Thanks for contributing, zenilorac!
zenilorac (author)  thesparine8 years ago
thanks. im all for constructive criticism (i positivly encourage it!) i can however do without the obnoxious and unhelpful- but if i do have to deal with it shouldnt i at least be free to reply?
I hope you didn't misunderstand me, the entire first paragraph of my other comment was talking entirely about PENIX, not you... ("If you don't like it" meant "If you don't like it, PENIX, go find..." anyhow, great job and I love your NES wallet!
zenilorac (author)  thesparine8 years ago
my reply was aimed more to acemans earlier comment. thanks for the support, : )
bomberman8 years ago
freakin awesome, nice creativity
marcward868 years ago
this is fabulous. i may do it to a dead snes controller. (the n64 would be right out.) it would be a nice gift.
yes, please use a dead one, otherwise this is blasphemy!
AJ88 years ago
El Flavio8 years ago
wow! great idea! I like to see retro NES things get used for other purposes :)
Zujus8 years ago
It is very cool ;) Keep going! ;)
jammis8 years ago
Heh, i like this! :D Cool idea
krazy8 years ago
oh i bet this would look a little better is you hinged the bottom.. but a little bit of material on the sides to keep stuff from falling out and then just putting a little latch where the cord came out so there is no hole. not only would it look cleaner but it would also not be as bulky
zenilorac (author)  krazy8 years ago
nice ideas, the bottom was hinged using a piece of ribbon, i broke my long zip when i broke my sewing machine, so i had to improvise with what i had to hand. (the original design was with a more concealed zip.) there are definitely better ways of making this, i might pull it apart and start again. the main problem i found was that cards are slightly larger than the inside of the case so i needed the extra bulk to allow them room!
krazy8 years ago
i like this idea... NES rules!!
zurg8 years ago
oh god why I could glue plastic junk to the sides of a coin purse too Didn't the daily wedgies you received in your nerdy childhood taught you nothing?
zenilorac (author)  zurg8 years ago
why not? make something nice. (i had an average not particularly nerdy child hood, and survived it wedgie-free)
dan8 years ago
i love hot glue
mitxela8 years ago
Damn, another idea I was beaten to.
zenilorac (author)  mitxela8 years ago
make a better one on the same theme
No time left, besides, I turned the my NES controller into a PC controller instead.
zenilorac (author)  mitxela8 years ago
probably more useful
Pretty cool idea!