Sunday, 6 July 2014

Origami Cash Gift Wallet

I do love a bit of simple origami and this easy little wallet is so quick and useful I thought it would be rude not to share it with you!
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
Sometimes I feel like as soon as you get here I am sending you away! I don't mean to, and of course I want you to come back, but I found this amazing tutorial on one of my favourite blogs, How About Orange to make these lovely little origami wallets.
I was looking for something to use as a business card holder. My recycled business cards are currently nice and cosy in a very simple crocheted holder that I made for them.
crochet business card holder
I made this after seeing the idea somewhere online. Sadly this was before I had discovered pinterest so I have no idea where. I just made it up as I went along anyway. If I find a pattern I will link it up (if it's your idea please tell me)
It's perfectly ok for them, they are safe in there, but I have to keep swapping it from my work bag to my other smaller handbags. So I thought maybe if I had two that would be better.
So I ended up at How About Orange learning how to make this lovely and dead easy little business card holder from left over wrapping paper from my Speech Bubble Greeting Cards.
As usual I got a bit carried away trying out different papers, sizes and ideas. Here's what I made:
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
A paper wallet for my business cards. Made from a 9" square of thick quality wrapping paper. This ended up making a 2 1/4" x just under 4 1/2" wallet when folded in half. Just right for my business cards.
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
The only thing I added to the How about Orange instructions was to tuck in a square of red paper to line the inside.
Then I made another one for a gift wallet for my nephew's birthday.
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
I just popped a little "Happy Birthday" message on the front and the cash inside. These photos aren't great but I'm afraid I can't take any more of this as I've posted it to him now!
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
See how there is a line of white down the middle, to avoid that just make sure your folding is really accurate when doing step 2, like this:
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
I like to make these mistakes so you don't have to!

Next I made another one from wrapping paper, however I made a mistake (yes, another one) with the measuring and it came out smaller. Turns out my starting square was 8.5"!

Origami Cash Gift Wallet

Again I lined it with coloured paper. At this point I realised that for cash the size of these is not so important. I wanted to try some double sided scrapbook paper and not one piece of 12x12 paper in my stash is double sided, but I did have some A4 magazine freebies.

Origami Cash Gift Wallet
So this was made with an 8" square - still fits a £10 note - hooray (love those polka dots!)
The starting size of the square only makes a fraction of difference to the finished wallet as you can see:

Origami Cash Gift Wallet

If you want to use these for a gift card you need to start with a 9" square, but for cold hard cash you can be a little bit more flexible.
Next I tried using a page from an old comic which came out kind of fun.

Origami Cash Gift Wallet made from an old comic page
Lastly I experimented with some transparent printed parchment paper I had.

Origami Cash Gift Wallet
At first I was a bit disappointed, not as lovely as I had imagined it would be. Then I tucked a piece of printed paper inside the front cover and "Huzar!" Much better.
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
Origami Cash Gift Wallet
Have a go, they are really easy and really useful. You could use them to put a special birthday message in the kids lunch boxes. The kids could make them to give to their friends, put secret messages inside, or an invitation, a few little sheets of stickers, a stick of chewing gum, an un-blown up balloon with a message written on it.... Honestly the possibilities are endless!
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I'll be linking up this project at all these lovely link parties, pop over for a look at loads of projects from other blogs.

24 comments:

  1. Oooh what a fun thing to make! I love all the ideas you've tried out, they all look fantastic. I will definitely have a go at these, thank you for sharing the tutorial! x

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    1. They really are dead quick and easy.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this DIY. This makes giving money or a gift card much nicer!

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  3. what a great idea and so many uses

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  4. This has so many uses and such fun, thanks for sharing :)

    Jan x

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  5. They are lovely! I'm not very good at origami but I think that I could manage this. Thanks for sharing all the different types that you made! #pintorials

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    1. Honestly the instructions are pretty fool proof (not that you are a fool, oh dear....shall I stop typing now?!)

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  6. I love these ideas - such fun for money gifts ( or gift cards for that matter !!! )
    Thanks for sharing - coming by via Homework !

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  7. A fabulous and fun idea, they all look great.

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  8. Love this! These designs look lovely and easy enough to do. #pintorials

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  9. Great idea just started following you via bloglovin look forward to great ideas !!!

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  10. How exciting and colourful, and can be made for any occasion and any for any age and taste, a fabulous idea for making giving money as a present a bit more exciting :-) x

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    1. Yes, they can be for anyone can't they? Just a bit nicer than taping money inside a card too.

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  11. very cute way to present money.gift card gift! visiting from Show & Tell Sat - would love a visit back *wink*

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    1. Thanks Donna, (You don't have to wink though, I'm always happy to visit another lovely blog when I have a minute, you have some great projects)

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  12. This is a great art project for my son and I. He needs a smaller wallet, since he only has a large one that I used to use. It's ok to send us away, because we always come back! Thanks for sharing with Creative Style!

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  13. Such a creative idea! I'll be working on getting some business cards soon so I'll have to try this out and love the birthday card ones, too. They came out so pretty and mistakes are good to learn from, I make plenty when I'm doing crafts and diy projects! Pinning this and now following on FB. I'll also be sharing this on my FB page if you'd like to check it out. :)

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    1. Thanks Bernadyn, and thanks for the fb share.

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  14. Very cool idea! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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  15. This is too fun! and would make a great way to give money or gift cards for a birthday or holiday. Thank you for linking it up to Party in Your PJs link party! You were featured this week!! woop woop Kudos to you!

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  16. So fun! Thanks for linking up at the Creative Spark Link Party! I hope you will stop by again today to link up! http://bit.ly/1kbGQ7W

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