Use Cardboard to Make a Billfold or Wallet!




About: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.

This is an easy to make a billfold out of cardboard.

Step 1: Tools and Materials I Used

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

Finalist in the
Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest



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    51 Discussions


    5 years ago

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    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!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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?


    9 years ago on Step 7

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


    9 years ago on Step 8

    Can I make this from old record album covers?