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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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11 Comments on How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

  1. These steps are THE WORST!!! Some of the steps don’the correspond to the pictures which makes it VERY CONFUSING!!!!!

  2. So confusing, can’t figure out at all.

  3. Really easy ,used to be a boy scout .I made a duct tape money clip

  4. Thank you so much. It came out awesome.
    But like they said it was hard but so worth it.

  5. I made one of these when I went to Europe and after a few modifications it looks great.

  6. I love boys life // June 24, 2016 at 2:55 am // Reply

    I made one and it is AWSOME I have had it for about 7 years and I use it every day and it still looks totally brand new. I give it a 5.5 stars out of 5

  7. Okay, but hard

  8. Scouter Barb // June 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    If you add thick tin foil between the layers of the duct tape it becomes an RFID wallet. I tested this at work with a card reader.

  9. I am helping 24 4th graders do this project tomorrow…… OMG!!! I hope I don’t grow gray hair while helping them…LOL

  10. I made one for my sister and she loved it! I am very happy with the overall wallet. I did make a few changes,but otherwise I stuck to the original design. I give this five stars!

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