Ultimate Paper Wallet




Introduction: Ultimate Paper Wallet

This DIY folded paper wallet will hold over ten credit cards and several bills, yet is only 1/4" thick and will easily fit in a back pocket.

Step 1: Assemble Your Materials

Materials needed

1) 9" x 12" piece of heavy paper (the front 1/2 of a manilla envelope works well)
10) credit cards (or however many you will need to carry)
1) pencil or pen

Step 2: Fold Sheet in Half

This will give you a guideline for the center of the sheet

Step 3: Unfold

Unfold- the crease should be pointing up as in the photo

Step 4: Fold to About 3/4" to 1" From the Edge

Fold to about 3/4" - 1" from the edge

Step 5: Fold Back So New Fold Meets the Center Line

Fold back so new fold meets the center line

Step 6: Repeat Last 2 Folds for Other End

Turn paper aound 180 degress and repeat the last 2 folds for the other end; You should end up with a fanfold in the exact center of the paper as in the photo.

Step 7: Not As Tricky As It Looks...

Unfold just the center of the fanfold to get the compound fold shown in the photo.

Step 8: Turn the Paper Over and Fold the Bottom Edge

Turn the paper over and fold the bottom edge up about 1 1/2"

Step 9: Insert Cards

Insert your credit cards under each side of the center flap; I'm using 10 here, 5 on each side. The cards will act as a template to determine the final size of the wallet.

Step 10: Fold & Mark the Top Flap

Fold the top down tightly over the cards; Mark the top flap where it meets the bottom flap.

Step 11: Fold at Mark

Unfold the top flap and make a new fold at the mark. (Mark is just visible in the photo)

Step 12: Turn the Whole Thing Over

Turn the whole thing over- keep the cards in place.

Step 13: Fold the Ends

Fold the ends in tightly against the cards

Step 14: Tuck in the Ends

Tuck one end into the other as in the photo

Step 15: Turn the Whole Thing Over and Fold the Top Flap Down

Turn the whole thing over and fold the top flap down

Step 16: That's It!

Keep your cards inside, and tuck bills into the outer flap on the back of the wallet.

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    5 Discussions


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Couldn't get 8.5x11 to work- it's just too small. Maybe legal size? Actually, you might be able to make 8.5x11 to work if you omit the flap over the credit card side.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    cant u fold it once more so that its smaller ? the only problem with toat is that the bills can fall out.


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Sure- but it'll be more than twice as thick this way. I've been using this wallet daily for about a year and I've never had any problem with money falling out.