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Transform a Starbucks paper bag into a fully functional  February 3, 2016 – 10:54 am

diy-paper-wallet_00When I was a high school student, I used to find it both ironic and a little bit silly that some of my schoolmates would spend close to a hundred dollars on a wallet, but when you took a peek inside said cash keepers, they would have at most 10 dollars in them. I mean, I could have 50 dollars in my pocket and that would make me richer than them even though they had a snazzy wallet that was the latest trend in town. I never believed in buying things for the sake of trends or status.

If you’re a student who only has 10 dollars to your name, here’s what you should do instead of splurging on a branded or “in-trend” wallet. Buy yourself a drink at Starbucks, to go, get your hands on one of their paper bags, and use that paper bag to make your very own, surprisingly awesome wallet. Instructions after the break!

Taiwanese digital advertising designer Mr. Zhou noticed that his wallet was falling apart, and it struck him that he could make a simple replacement with a Starbucks paper bag he had on hand. Not only did his new wallet not cost him a cent, it was eco-friendly and fully functional–it even has slots for credit cards. Here’s how you can make your own paper bag wallet!

diy-paper-wallet_01Things you’ll need:

– A craft knife
– Double-sided tape
– A paper bag (it doesn’t have to be a Starbucks one, but as a general rule it should be wide enough to contain the largest note you have, and tall enough to fit the note after folding the bag into three equal parts)

Step 1: Carefully remove the handles of the paper bag.

Step 2: Flatten the bag, then cut the it into five pieces according to the creases that shape it.

Step 3: Taking one of the bigger pieces, use the biggest note you have as a guide to determine the height of the wallet. With the printed side facing down, fold the piece from the bottom up, enough to cover the note.

diy-paper-wallet_02Step 4: Using the fold created in Step 3, fold the piece upwards again to get three equal parts. The side that appears at the top will be the outer face of the wallet.

Step 5: Flip open the flap created in Step 4. Fold in the sides slightly to fit the width of the note, but not too snugly as that will make it difficult to put in or take out your money.

Step 6: Using the craft knife or a pair of scissors, make a cut on the folded borders along the crease of the open fold.

Step 7: Open the whole piece and fold the borders in.

Step 8: Fold the top flap again with the borders folded in.

diy-paper-wallet_03Step 9: Fold the bottom portion over, leaving the borders sticking out.

Step 10: Place double-sided tape on the borders that are sticking out.

Step 11: Remove the protective layer of the double-sided tape and carefully insert the border flaps into the sides of the wallet. Apply some pressure to ensure that the sides are well sealed.

Fold the wallet in half lengthwise, and tadaa ~ the note compartment is complete!

Want card slots? OK, let’s get craft ninja on this thing!

Step 12: Take one of the side pieces of the bag, apply double-sided tape along the bottom of the piece and fold it in, sticking it down. This will make the slot more resistant to fraying.

Step 13: Using one of your cards as a sizing guide, fold the bottom up and over the card, but do not fully cover the card as that will make it difficult to take it out of the slot.

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