You’ve seen those fake, hollow rock hide-a-key products, but how cool would it be to use a real rock? And, taking it one step further, what if you could add a zipper and turn it into a money pouch?

Well, according to avid creator The Q, all it takes is a zipper, some small power tools, and… ya know, a rock, to make a small pouch to hold your coins. Have a look:

Of course, this isn’t a real wallet by any stretch of the imagination. This rock wallet would be a bit too bulky for a pocket or bag, but it’s sure to draw some attention.

It all starts with marking the area to remove and using a number of small tools – a desktop mill with a drill attachment, a Dremel multi-tool with multiple slicing/grinding bits, and some two-part epoxy. I’ve seen better tools for the job, but he eventually gets it done.

rock wallet
rock wallet
rock wallet
rock wallet
rock wallet

Once the initial hole is made, he takes a normal zipper, cuts down the surrounding cloth, burns the edges to keep them from fraying, marks the zipper head on the rock, and slices out a cavity to fit it nice and snug.

rock wallet
rock wallet
rock wallet

He can now glue the open zipper onto the edges of the hole. Each cloth gap in between each tooth of the zipper is glued to the rock. Once he has enough zipper teeth for the opening, he trims the excess and glues the closing teeth back in place.

rock wallet
rock wallet
rock wallet

Now, an interesting extra. To make the zipper look like part of the rock itself, he mixes the stone dust accumulated while drilling the hole with some epoxy and carefully applies it between the rock and zipper edges.

rock wallet
rock wallet

You can’t have a coin pouch without coins, so The Q trims some spare change to fit against the edge of the wallet’s opening and fills the rest with more coins to complete the look.

rock wallet
rock wallet
rock wallet
rock wallet

The only thing better would be to make the zipper functional. I’m already mulling over ideas to make that possible. Thoughts? This “wallet” might not be very practical, but you can still use it as tabletop decor to store a few coins. Should anyone ever attempt to steal it, you can give them exactly what they want and hurl it in their general direction.

The Q makes tons more quirky DIY videos on his YouTube channel, so check him out for a daily dose of weird!

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Carlos wrestles gators, and by gators, we mean words. He also loves good design, good books, and good coffee.