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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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55 Comments on How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

  1. This awesome!

  2. This is genius!

  3. my name is jeff // June 5, 2015 at 11:04 am // Reply

    Awesome sauce

  4. AWESOME this is so cool!

  5. I HATE THIS // May 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm // Reply

    I wasted over 50″ of duct tape. I looked at what i made after and it looked like trash. So i just HATE this.

  6. This was a very good project for my children and I. Good thinking!

  7. Do you know how many wallets you can make out of one roll?

  8. Cool how fun

  9. the d man // May 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm // Reply

    cool

  10. Easy and fun!! me and my four year old made this with frozen duct tape. I was trying to post a picture but can’t figure out how.

  11. I tried this, and it worked great!

  12. really hard to make

  13. Hahahaley // May 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm // Reply

    how long does it take looks like it will take a long time

  14. Superman 3000 // May 20, 2015 at 11:30 am // Reply

    I am a hands on guy who has tackled much harder projects, so this was easy.

  15. this is the hardest thing ive done in my spare time.i dont volunteer as tribute to make this

  16. I LOVE it. it is so cool!

  17. hector disector // May 18, 2015 at 3:03 pm // Reply

    tried this and it was really fun. I was a little caught up on step one though

  18. I just made this, and it was hard, but fun.

  19. Anonymous // May 17, 2015 at 8:42 am // Reply

    If I were making this I would remake step 1. I would put the tape one by one on instead of making two sheets and sticking them together IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE

  20. ttgghhffjjddkkssllaa // May 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    Easily understood and done,

  21. matthew1052 // May 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    easliy understood and done

  22. very easy to understand and very easy to make. great job

  23. This was soooooo hard! I immediately quit after the first step.

  24. coolness // May 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    i liked it

  25. If allowed, I’d make a business at my school of making these! But well you know, it’s sorta illegal.

  26. Brad2004 // May 5, 2015 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    Thanks 4 the tip 🙂

  27. Way to complicated and time consuming. Also instructions are hard to understand and I hate when you have to measure out things

  28. the first step should say lay the 4 strips side by side with each over lapping 1/4 in. Then place strips on top of each of the first 4 strips covering the sticky side up one strip at a time. It is very hard to make 2 4 strip sheets and line them up and get the adhesive to stick without bubbles and wrinkles. the follow the rest of the directions.

  29. tried but horrible results.

    • Try this follow step 1 but make this step 2: cut a 9 in piece of duct tape place on top of the sticky side of the large 4 strips you just finished.(cut 1 strip then cover using only 1 strip at a time.)
      Cover each sticky piece of tape and over lap placing the sticky sides of tape against each other. Repeat until no sticky side is seen.
      The follow step 3 (Cut the strip in half for a neater line. (may need adult to help with this)

  30. it keeps opening

  31. Drew the Dude // April 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    sounds fun I think I’ll try it.

  32. Drew the Dude // April 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm // Reply

    Sounds fun! I think I’ll try it.

  33. EG Cub Scout // April 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm // Reply

    I already have a wallet made of lether

  34. It was so much fun and I learned so much!

  35. It was so much fun

  36. It wasn’t that hard and i’m quite please with the result

  37. I’m going to make one if I can

  38. It worked good and my sister made one just like mine

  39. it worked well but it was very hard to stick the 2 main pieces together :/

  40. Anonymous 3.14159 // March 25, 2015 at 2:58 pm // Reply

    AMAZING!

  41. jonathan harrison // March 23, 2015 at 7:29 am // Reply

    terrible advice terrible result

  42. Awsmome

  43. homerun-hitter // March 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm // Reply

    This made a pretty good wallet!!!

    But I think I wasted more tape than I used, it kept getting stuck to my hands

  44. it was easy my mentor helped me

  45. brianna8637 // March 17, 2015 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    This made a good wallet but it was very difficult…..

  46. It was really thought out but it did get confusing.

  47. Thanks man. I just made this!!

  48. This website is awesome it helped me so much. Definitely my go to website!!!!!

  49. enthesyastic person // March 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm // Reply

    this guide was so helpful!!!!!
    i love making duck tape stuff, this web sit was so amazing. it help me so much:):):):):):):)

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