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How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

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Duct tape comes in 2-inch-wide rolls and is available in many colors. Here’s how to use some to make this handy duct-tape wallet that will last for years.


  • Duct tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or utility knife


Step 1: Cut four strips of duct tape, each 9″ long. With the adhesive side up, stick the duct-tape strips to one another in a row, with a 14” overlap.

Step 2: Make a second sheet. Carefully stick the adhesive sides of the two duct-tape sheets together, lining up the edges.

Step 3: Cut another 9″ strip of duct tape. Use a utility knife or scissors to make a small cut in the center of one end of the duct tape. Tear the strip into two straight 1″ strips.

Step 4: Fold and adhere the 1″ duct-tape strips to the 9″ ends of the sheet. This will make a smooth, clean finished edge.

Step 5: Using the scissors or utility knife, trim the sides of the sheet, making it 8 1/2″ wide.

Step 6: Fold the sheet in half.

Step 7: Tear two 1″ x 4″ duct-tape strips and attach one to each end. Fold them over the sides of the wallet, and trim the excess.

Step 8: To make a smaller pocket for cards, cut two strips of tape each 5″ long and stick the two pieces (adhesive sides) together.

Step 9: Fold and adhere a 1″ strip onto the 5″ edge. Trim the pocket to 4″ long.

Step 10: Using 1⁄2″ strips of duct tape, stick the pocket in place as shown above. Trim the strips flush.

Your duct-tape wallet is complete!


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13 Comments on How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

  1. Mine is smooth!

  2. we added 2 sided velcro to hold it together

  3. i made mine different

  4. Thats way to much duck tape! Make a bracelet instead

  5. Wow! how simple & smart wallet it is.

  6. It’s awesome! I was able to put my money, 2 Walmart gift cards, power up card (GameStop), Scout Shop gift card, Boy Scout membership card, Cub Scout membership card, Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit, BSA Kayaking card, and 4 pictures

  7. cool.

  8. cool

  9. Stillwater, OK // February 4, 2013 at 9:22 am // Reply

    The duct tape can be very sticky! Takes a group of 13 (Bear Scouts) about 40 minutes to complete this project. It is very fun though!

  10. made my first one of these a couple months ago, pretty cool. i even invented a coin pocket.

    • This is simple. Nice and clear instuctions as well as illustrations. Plus its a lot less bulky then other instructions I’ve found. The only really tricky part is sticking those first sheets together. I suggest 4 hands during this step.

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