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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.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A DUCT-TAPE WALLET

  • Duct tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or utility knife

WHAT YOU’LL DO TO MAKE A DUCT-TAPE WALLET

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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67 Comments on How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

  1. Great!

  2. Superman is life // February 22, 2015 at 4:11 am // Reply

    I loved this guide it helped 👌💜💜

  3. awesomesauce66 // February 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm // Reply

    AWESOME!! Loved it. Very helpful. Selling them, and I think they’ll sell quickly.

  4. This is awesome thanks a lot ithelped and now I made20 of them

  5. What is the blue tape for? Happy v

  6. Lucky i didnt fail badly // February 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm // Reply

    I made it toooooo small

  7. Its kida hard but i seem to have it i decided to add my own stuff to it

  8. I made this wallet for my cousin who didn’t have the money to buy one, and he loves it! Its a great inexpensive wallet that does the job. And it only took me about 45 minutes. Awesome! 😁

  9. Baseball Boy // January 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm // Reply

    Super hard

  10. Haaaaaaaaaaa // January 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm // Reply

    Cool

  11. I am a 23 year old software engineer and I just made one! Awesome! For all ages!

  12. Dr who 341011 // January 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm // Reply

    Cool

  13. Cool

  14. Made one for my GMA. Can’t hold credit cards but a great wallet

  15. THose are awesome instructions. My 6 year old and I just made this wallet. It worked perfectly!

  16. Noob at everything // December 29, 2014 at 12:56 am // Reply

    FAILED!!! (so bad) (“WAAAAAAAAAAAA!”) ( ;( )

  17. I’ve been looking for something like this and I finaly found it

  18. SO HARD

  19. the instructions were easy but my wallet came out all wrinkled and uneven I guess practice is what I need!

  20. Their awesome!!!

  21. SWEET!

  22. They aren’t difficult to make, you just need a lot of patience. Plan on wasting some duct tape along the way. They are cute & worth it in the end. 🙂

  23. This is cool

  24. This is so hard i asked my dad to help me

  25. this was easy peasy lemon squeasy

  26. These may look easy to make, but they are hard to make.

  27. This was very helpful. Thank you.

  28. mine was a complete fail.

  29. boy scout #1 // October 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm // Reply

    We made this when i was a jr. weblow scout

  30. how many wallets does a roll of duct tape make?

  31. I am a teacher and I made one, it is very simple!

  32. Super helpful, straight and to the point.

  33. It is very easy to make.i like it.i love it

  34. show how to make it using a video

  35. A guy that was bored // September 1, 2014 at 10:38 pm // Reply

    It was kind of hard to keep all of the tape from sticking together but it ended up real nice. Great instructions.

  36. Duct.tape.4life! // September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am // Reply

    These are very easy instructions; I made this wallet with my young son. I’m not sure how you can screw it up when the steps are clearly outlined and illustrated for you. Thank you for posting these instructions! Great job!

  37. I really enjoy making these.

  38. I made a duck tape wallet

  39. Wonderful!

  40. Easy fun project

  41. I love duck tape // July 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm // Reply

    Best instructions ever. I searched forever to find a good how to make a duck tape wallet instructions thank you.

  42. Very clear instruction. You don’t really have to measure though, just put it all together and you’ll be fine.

  43. looks comfusing

  44. Extremely clear instructions! Thanks. I can hardly wait to make them with my class.

  45. I made one for my dad & he used it daily for almost 2 years before it wore out. Making him a new one for Fathers Day.

  46. stuck on tape // June 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm // Reply

    I did one then my friend and her mom wanted one too. I guess I did it right.

  47. Anonymous person // June 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm // Reply

    Good job. I tried it and it works great, still holding up and I’ve had it for almost a year. I recommend this to anyone who wants a nice sturdy cheap wallet.

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