A Starbucks paper bag will either end up in some crevice at home or in the bin – so why not upcycle it into a wallet? Upcycling is a great eco-friendly solution that turns trash into something far more valuable.
Mr. Zhou, a Taiwanese advertising agent, came up with a simple idea – to upcycle the paper bag into a cost-free wallet. While Starbucks illustrates the ubiquity of the materials in this nifty hack, any high quality paper bag will do just as well.
Starbucks paper bag Hobby knife, blade or sharp scissors Double-sided tape Step 1: Remove the handles of the paper bag and flatten. The less crumpled, the better.
Step 2. Cut into five pieces according to the major creases. You should have one bottom piece, two bigger pieces for the big faces and two smaller ones from the sides.
Step 3. Take one of the bigger pieces and measure the HEIGHT against the tallest bill you’ll be using. Allow wiggle room for the height. Fold the piece up enough to cover the bill.
Step 4. Use the fold from step three again upwards to create three equal parts. The middle panel should become the face of your wallet.
Step 5. Open one of the folds created in Step 4. Fold in a border preferably a little wider than the width of your double-sided tape. Make sure the space in the middle is enough to accommodate the longest bill with sufficient wiggle room.
Step 6. Using the knife, cut on one of the borders where the three folds formed.
Step 7. Insert the borders INSIDE the fold.
Step 8. Fold the last panel in with the border sticking out.
Step 9. Use double sided tape on the borders and secure the side flaps like in the photo. Do the same on both sides.
Now you have what looks more like a simple bifold wallet but there is something missing – the card slots!
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