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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. the cool guy said so // September 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm // Reply

    its awesome

  2. so swag

  3. Worked well for me

  4. it’s cool

  5. I love duct tape wallets

  6. I was able to make two with one roll! Mine is digital camo :3 I have six pockets for cards and two large underneath those for pictures and whatnot.

  7. I’m curious, has anyone used one for an extended period of time? I’ve repaired seats with duct tape before and after a while the force of sitting on it makes the seams slide and adhesive comes out, making a gooey mess. I would think a few weeks of sitting on a duct tape wallet would end the same way.

    Duct tape is like the Force: It has a light side, a dark side, and holds the universe together 🙂


    • emogirlrawr // July 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm // Reply

      ive had mine for like 5 years? im not exactly sure but its been a while i need to remake it because i want to change the ducttape i used and it was sloppily made the first time i did it

  9. We made these in boyscouts before it’s really fun

  10. Duct Tape Dude 12 // July 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm // Reply

    This is by far the best duct tape wallet instructions I have ever seen. step by step instructions make it durable and easy!

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