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Looking for a fun and unique way to keep your money safe? Use a Japanese method of paper folding, called origami, to create your own, unique mini wallet.

Your finished product will be a small, simple wallet with two or four exterior pockets and one large or four small interior pockets. On the inside will be another secure pocket with a horizontal opening. The wallet can be used to hold small receipts, gift cards, folded bills, photos, notes, or any other small pieces of paper or flat objects.

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Instructions adapted from Accessible Origami — Volume 1: 20 Projects for Beginners, Text-Only Origami Instructions for Visually Impaired Crafters and Anyone Else Interested, compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, 2010. Visit to view more accessible origami projects and/or to contact the author. For this particular project, see MDL0055 - Origami - Traditional Coin Purse.

What You'll Need


Note that these instructions are for beginners, but ask an adult for help if you need it!

This activity was created by Lisamaria Martinez and Kesel Wilson for Great Expectations.

All About Origami

bright origami flowers.

Origami is all about transforming a simple, flat piece of paper into a 3-dimensional object through folding. If you've ever made a paper airplane, then you've done origami already!

Learn more about origami!

Folding Paper Money

different bills folded in different ways.

There are simple ways to fold your paper money to help you tell one type of bill apart from another. Learn all about folding money here!

Following Instructions

boy stretches slime.

A big part of this origami activity is following step by step instructions.

Go to this page to check out these other activities, created especially for you, that show the hilarious things that can happen when instructions are less than perfect — or aren't given or followed correctly:

  • The 10 Step Game!
  • The Right Way to Make Slime
  • Exact Instructions Challenge

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