DIY Paper Wallet

Remember when everyone had duct tape wallets? Now you can have a paper one instead!

Pick up any paper that you have in the house. I used an old map, because it is a bit thicker than standard paper, but you can use anything. If you feel that this will wear out too fast for you, try taking some plastic or another material. What first comes to mind for me is a reusable bag.

It only takes 5 minutes, so grab your paper and scissors!

You’ll need:

  • paper (minimum 8.5 x 11)
  • scissors
  • optional: glue

Begin by cutting the paper to 8.5 x 11. If you would like the wallet to be a bit bigger, change the dimensions to whatever suits you. Flip the side of the paper you’d like on the outside of you’re wallet so it is facing down on the table. Fold your paper into 8 equal rectangles.

Take your scissors and cut one inch slit in folds on the lengthwise sides of the paper.

Fold the paper horizontally so one end matches up with the first fold on the opposite side.  Fold all this vertically, so you now have a small rectangle. On the corner where you have the most layers of paper, cut a small triangle. Make sure you open the paper to see if a debit card or other card will fit in the diamond now created.

Now that the paper is unfolded, fold down the flaps above and below the diamond and the ones on the opposite end. Beginning with the end closest to the diamond, fold the paper inwards one section and repeat on the opposite end. fold this rectangle with an opening in the centre in half horizontally.

By this time you should see the structure of a wallet. Take the two flaps hanging out the ends and tuck them into the holes in the ends of the wallet on the layer with the diamond. Reinforce the flaps with glue if you’d like.

And there’s your brand new paper wallet!

Please let me know how it goes and don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments. I have a feeling I may need to make a quick video for you all to see :)

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