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!
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 over at 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.
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.
As usual I got a bit carried away trying out different papers, sizes and ideas. Here's what I made:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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"!
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.
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:
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.
Lastly I experimented with some transparent printed parchment paper I had.
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 "Huzzah!" much better.
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!