How to Make an Easy Paper Wallet With No Tape or Scissors

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Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. A paper wallet made with no scissors or tape is folded using the origami method. Make a wallet large enough to carry currency along with an ID card from a single piece of 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper. Add pizazz to a folded paper wallet by using colored or printed paper.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 1/2- by 11-inch piece of paper
  • Ruler

Paper Folding

  • Place an 8 1/2-by 11-inch piece of paper on a flat, stable work surface so the long edge of the paper is along the bottom edge.

  • Fold the top edge down and match it with the bottom edge. Firmly crease the fold line. Open the fold.

  • Measure and fold the top edge of the paper down 1/2 inch. Crease along the fold and open. Measure and fold the bottom edge of the paper up 1/2 inch. Crease along the fold and open.

  • Measure and fold the right edge of the paper in 1/2 inch. Crease along the fold and open. Measure and fold the left edge of the paper in 1/2 inch. Crease along the fold and open.

  • Fold and match the left edge with the right edge. Crease along the fold and open. Fold the left edge to the right again this time bring the left edge in from the right edge 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Crease and fold. Fold the right edge to the left edge. Bring the right edge in from the left edge 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Crease along the fold and open. This creates a rounded center to the folded edge of the billfold allowing for several bills to be placed in the compartment.

Assembling

  • Refold the bottom 1/2-inch fold. Refold the center fold. Pick up the folded paper so the folded bottom edge is facing you. Hold the folded paper together, leaving a 2-inch gap between the two tops.

  • Push the bottom left corner toward the inside of the billfold. Fold a V into the 1/2-inch paper edge. This allows the 1/2-inch edge the ability to fold in two opposite directions. Fold the portion of the 1/2-inch paper edge closet to you toward the inside of the paper billfold. Fold the remaining 1/2-inch edge over the outside of the paper billfold closest to you. Repeat the process with the right 1/2-inch edge. This process closes the ends of the paper billfold if done correctly.

  • Push the top left corner toward the inside of the billfold to make a V. Continue to push the V shape inside the folded 1/2-inch edge on the inside of the billfold. Fold the 1/2-inch top edge of the billfold down and into the billfold at the same time. Repeat the process with the right side.

  • Fold the billfold in half at the fold line. A bi-fold billfold is created. The outside of the paper billfold shows no fold lines while the inside will show the 1/2-inch folded right and left edges. These two edges will have a small triangle fold toward the bottom folded edge of the billfold when done correctly.

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