Introduction: Clear Tape Wallet

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Because you could use a clear wallet, you know you could. I'm slightly obsessed with transparent things like bags, purses and shoes. Why wouldn't I want a clear wallet? OK, follow the step below and you can have a clear wallet as well.

Step 1: Get Your Materials

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The things you will need:
- One roll of clear packaging tape ( the thick kind)
- One pair of scissors
- a straight blade razor ( or x-acto knife)
I forgot to put the blade in the shot but you'll see it later

Step 2: Get the Size Right

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Layout two pieces of tape sticky side up so they are twice as long as a credit card ( with a little bit more for good measure). Overlap the two pieces so they are also as wide as a credit card. Make sure you have the sticky side up, I know what your thinking, just go on to the next step.

Step 3: Making It Unsticky

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Place a piece of tape sticky side down on top of the sticky side up tape. So you should have the sticky side toward each other. This is going to be the inside of the wallet. I actually used two pieces of tape for the inside because one piece wasn't quite wide enough.

Now the only part of your clear fabric, If you will, that should be sticky is the longer ends of the inside and the every edges of the outside.

Step 4: Get Rid of Those Cat Faces

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If you find that you have what we call "cat faces" use your straight blade (x-acto) to carefully cut along the face. This will release the tape from either side of your cat face so you can push it down. If you have air bubbles you can do this also, but you won't need to cut as much as you will need to poke a hole.

I know the photos are blurry but I couldn't get the camera to focus on the right thing. Yeah, I really wanted that apple gift card to be the focus of my shot.

Also, I don't know why we acll them cat faces, it's just family thing

Step 5: Now It's Getting Good.

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Lay a credit card on top of your clear fabric to get the size right and snip the edges of your fabric. You only want to snip the sticky edges sticking out from the sides. Fold them flat against the inside of your fabric. This way you won't have to cut more tape to close the sides up. Follow me here, the pictures will make it all clear. Get it?

Step 6: Another Step Closer

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Fold over the inside of your clear fabric so that your card is covered with the unsticky piece of fabric. Take the sticky ends and over lap them that you form a pouch that your card sits inside of.

Below is with one side closed, the other photo is with both sides taped closed.
Once that is done, the long ends that extend past the card, just fold them down as the taped side will stop them at a nature endpoint.

See my fingers? That's the inside of the wallet.

Step 7: One Step Further

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If you want your basic weekend wallet, then your done. Wait for the Ooohhhs and AAwwwwws that will come with having a wallet that tells all your secrets. If you wish to continue, please be my guest. These next steps add an additional front "ID" pocket to your wallet as a weekend wallet traditional has one of these.

First overlap two pieces of tape so they are the exact width of the wallet. You really don't want to make this piece much longer then the card because that's all it's used for is housing one card. Lay these pieces sticky side on the wallet.

Next cut a piece of tape that is long enough to wrap around the wallet. In the picture below that would mean wrapping from the top of the apple to the bottom.

I don't have pictures of this but you will fold over the tape so that it is sticky side up. Then take the short piece you just cut and tape across the apple, so that the sticky sides are together. This will create a shorter pocket just larger the card. You will need one more piece of tape the close the bottom of this outside pocket.

If you flip between the first photo and the second, I think you'll understand what I'm saying. If not, email me, I'll take more photos of the process.

Step 8: You've Reached the End.

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That's it, you've make a clear weekend wallet. I know your wondering why the "ID" pouch on a clear wallet, well why not I ask myself. You can see the id pouch better the in the last two photos then in the first two.

I've had this wallet for two weeks, no problems. And if it does crack I'll add more tape. Let me know if my tired typed confused you or helped you. I'm to bed now.

Comments

emperos (author)2010-08-21

did this one on my own. didn't think of using the exacto knife for doing that... but good work. how did you keep it so fingerprint-free? I was having issues with that. I'll post pics of mine later... good job, overall. A really, really tough project to do well and make it look good. I think most of my issues came with putting the tape on perfectly the first time, because if one doesn't it leaves some nasty adhesive marks on the other tape.

Syd0the0kid (author)emperos2010-08-21

To keep the finger prints off, I was careful to touch only the edges of the tape. This tut wasn't my first go at the wallet. My first version had all kinds of air bubbles and misaligned taped edges. Go slow and if you do mess it up, just give that one away to someone and make yourself another one. BTW, I still have this tape wallet in my purse and it looks almost just as new now as it does in these pictures 3 Years Later. A testament to good quality tape.

emperos (author)Syd0the0kid2010-08-22

nice. I guess that I should have done that. I didn't have enough tape to make another though... and mine is a bit more worn after much less time. maybe it's because I put it in my pocket instead of a purse.

pancho del rancho (author)2009-07-31

hahahahhahahahah slightly obsessed with transparent things hahahha man ima use dat as an excuse hahah omg man btw nice though

zac d (author)2009-05-10

its all right i had troubles figuaring it out

zac d (author)2009-05-06

Im gonna go try this right now if I have clear tape hehehehehhahahahahohohohohohohhiiihihihihihihihihihihihihih

chrisrock410 (author)2007-11-22

Very cool, I'd like to try that :)

karen608 (author)2007-04-30

How about if a person would use plastic, like the leftover laminating plastic from something you got laminated at copy store? or use two laminating sheets instead of tape (or too brittle). Just ideas - you try, i'm busy but i like this clear wallet very much as it uses things we have on hand in a creative way, and it is clear! (clearly good! ha ha)

Syd0the0kid (author)karen6082007-04-30

I didn't think of that but it I'm sure that kinda material would work well. I would test it out if I had some laminate sheets but I just have the tape used here. I'll try it though if I get some of that stuff.

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