How to Make a Wallet Out of Recycled Material

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How to Make a Wallet Out of Recycled Material
Recycle postcards into a fun wallet craft. (antique postcard image by Aaron Kohr from Fotolia.com)

Recycling has come a long way from just separating trash and recycled materials into separate bins on trash day. Today, many savvy crafters are turning recycled materials into fun, usable craft projects. Instead of throwing away cereal boxes or postcards, recycle them into a colourful, useful wallets. This craft is a fun way for kids to make a creative, low cost Father's Day gift.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Empty cereal boxes or a collection of postcards
  • Paper clip
  • Ruler
  • Small paper punch
  • Self-adhesive clear vinyl
  • Need
  • Embroidery floss

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin by tracing out a template onto paper for the wallet. The Replayground craft site features a downloadable template on its website, or you can create your own. Draw out a rectangle the size of a postcard. Draw a dotted line through the middle to indicate where the cardboard will be folded in half. On one half, trace a half moon shape about 1/4-inch from the edge. Cut out the paper template.

  2. 2

    Lay the paper template flat on the table. Collect cereal boxes or postcards with colourful graphics or words. Cut out a section of the box the same size as the paper template. Follow the template's guidelines and cut out the half moon shape from one side of the cardboard.

  3. 3

    Cover one side of the cardboard with self-adhesive clear vinyl with the graphics facing up. Flip the project over and use the paper clip to score the cardboard where it will be folded in half. Fold the cardboard in half so that the vinyl covered graphics are on the outside. The side with the half moon cut out is the top.

  4. 4

    Stitch the sides and bottom of the wallet closed using embroidery thread. Leave the top with the half moon open to form a pouch. Use the wallet to hold money and credit cards.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the paper template to make a practice wallet to become comfortable with how to create this craft.
  • Do not allow young children to sew the wallet closed. Ask a parent or older child to finish this step.

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