Learn how to make a useful origami wallet that you can put real money into, using one sheet of rectangular paper. This quick and easy origami wallet is a great project for kids and adults. The wallet makes a great Father's Day gift if you make it with thick paper for extra durability.
Though it takes a long piece of rectangular paper to make this wallet, in a pinch, you can use two sheets of A4-sized (letter) paper. Put them side by side and overlap them a tiny bit so you can glue them together. Once you have a handle on making a longer wallet, you can experiment making shorter wallets that hold credit cards.
Equipment / Tools
- Glue (optional)
- 1 sheet 11-inch by 17-inch A3 paper (or 2 sheets letter-sized paper to glue together, optional)
Start with your rectangular paper in a landscape position.
- Fold the bottom up to the top and make a crease and unfold, this is the central fold. Don't over-crease this, it's going to be where the wallet folds in half.
- Using your currency as a guide, fold the bottom edge upwards. You will leave a gap here, depending on your note's size.
- Fold the bottom upwards, along the central fold.
- Fold the top down over the front layer, using it as a guide. This ensures that the folds are equal on each side.
- Unfold the paper back to the start. Fold the bottom flap up a little, about 1/4 inch, to make the outside pockets more durable.
- Refold the paper at the central fold.
- Fold the top edge down over the front layer, using it as a guide. Unfold.
- Fold the bottom right and top right corners diagonally inwards, along the creases that are indicated.
- Refold the creases that are indicated.
- Flip the paper over, top to bottom, keeping the flaps you just folded on the right side.
- Fold the right end to the left, you can customize how big you want the front pockets on the inside of the wallet by folding less or more.
- Fold the left end to the right and inside the two pockets. Depending on your currency note size, you may need to leave a small gap. Straighten out the folds and make sure it's all lined up. Now you can fold the wallet in half, and it's complete.