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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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12 Comments on How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

  1. wow, this is a really great, practical wallet and easy to make! super durable and small and easy to carry. it really needs a coin pocket, though, which you can make by making a slightly bigger card pocket and creating a flap which goes over it, with a small latch made of duct tape. this wallet doesn’t require much time or effort, and doesn’t use much tape. I strongly recommend this set of instructions!

  2. Easier than any other instructions that i have seen

  3. I make all kinds of duck tapestuff

  4. cool dude

  5. readie215 // May 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    How do you make a duct tape hat?

  6. awesome

  7. i am a eagle scout and recomend this to any scout that is tired of unreliable walets becase the are not durable

  8. Black phantom // May 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm // Reply

    I made one out of some mustache tape. Now I “mustache my cash”. (Or gift cards) Lol.

  9. Made these with my Webelos. Big hit

  10. love it completely durable

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