Yeah, yeah, it's another Duct Tape wallet instructable.

How boring, right?

The reason I'm doing this one is that I'll try to agglomerate knowledge about building all kinds of Duct Tape wallets and going into detail on a lot of aspects so that you'll be able to build the Duct Tape wallet of your dreams!

I'm going to tell you about tapes, I'm going to tell you about techniques and possibly throw in a few pieces of maker wisdom in between. Some of the techniques might be very simple, if not obvious, but the descriptions will be aimed at complete beginners. The techniques presented here are techniques I either picked up somewhere or came up with on my own and decided to be good enough or the best of the techniques I know of to achieve a certain objective related to working with duct tape. Some might take a little practice to pull off, but should certainly be worth learning. You'll never know when they might come in handy.

To summarize, this instructable will be bigger, longer and uncut!...props to those who get the reference ;)

if you just want to check out different wallets, see first (this) and last page!


'twas the year of 2011, I'm a happy owner of a real nice leather wallet, strolling around the neighborhood and when whipping my mighty leather wallet out to pay for something (I can neither confirm nor deny the purchase of surplus doomsday devices) when I notice something about my fine wallet - it was broken! To be precise, the seams on the inside were coming apart due to all the change I always carried around, it basically got destroyed from the inside out.

Drats, and I really liked that wallet, too. Took me ages to find one that suited my needs and really fit my aesthetics.

When I went home I thought about it and remembered you can make your own wallets pretty easily from Duct Tape.

A solution was in sight! I had some tape lying around, but no idea how to make a wallet. I already knew of instructables.com, so I checked and found a bunch of instructables which, combined together, gave birth to my very first Duct Tape wallet, a rather simple, silver one which I have and use to this very day! It's a bit beaten up by now, so I'll be making a replacement someday soon, but that's another story.

Anyway, the thought of making, modifying and adapting all sorts of wallets became pretty likeable. I reached a pretty decent level at making those wallets when someone asked me to make a tutorial for a woven wallet, which I did.

I took hundreds of pictures (I think it was about 500, no joke here), batch-processed them with a HDR tonemapper (I was too lazy to do all of these by hand, so try to overlook any chromatic aberrations and such) and wrote a tutorial. Having become a member on instructables I thought you might like this lengthy instructable as well!


First I wanted to make an acceptable substitute for my broken leather wallet.

Then I wanted to learn a lot of different techniques and explore the possibilities I had for making Duct Tape wallets.

Lastly, I wanted to write an instructable detailing how to make awesome Duct Tape wallets.

Safety Advice:

This instructable invovles working with scissors and scalpels / exacto knives / cutter knives.

Those tools are sharp, so be careful and watch what you are doing and how you are handling your tools.

Also try to not tape yourself to the wall or ceiling in the process. It's pretty hard to get down on your own.

Step 1: Preliminary Knowledge: Different Tapes and Tape Types

Since many people might not know between the differences of duct tapes, I thought I'd specify a couple of different types that I have used so far and which tapes to steer clear from. I told you this instructable will be long and this is just the beginning...

Chap, thin no-name duct tape:

  • Pro: Great for starting out and learning
  • Pro: Mine was suprisingly durable, the wallet is holding up for three years of use now
  • Pro: Definitely worth a shot
  • Con: Depending on tape, adhesive might be subpar, melt in summer or similar

Duck® BrandDuck Tape:

  • Pro: My personal holy grail of tapes
  • Pro: Comes in lots of different colors, practically any color you can think of!
  • Pro: Odorless
  • Pro: Surprisingly tough and durable
  • Pro: Adhesive is strong but not sticky
  • Pro: Easy to fold without wrinkles
  • Pro: Strong and dense mesh
  • Pro: Is easy to cut
  • Pro: Overall simply the best thing I have ever laid my hands on in terms of tape (for DIY purposes like these wallets)
  • Con: Rather thick, will result in thick wallets
  • Con: This stuff is expensive, at least around here. I pay 5€ for 5m of this tape.

Tesa® Extra Power Universal:

  • Pro: Second-best tape I have used so far
  • Pro: Comes in several different colors
  • Pro: Stronger, albeit stickier adhesive (compared to Duck® BrandDuck Tape)
  • Pro: Quite flexible
  • Pro: Very durable
  • Con: Odor. Any roll of this tape I had smelled like rubber for weeks or more.
  • Con: Wrinkles when folding are hard to get rid of

Tesa® Extra Power Extreme Outdoor Transparent

  • Pro: All the positive attributes of Tesa® Extra Power Universal
  • Pro: It's transparent, so you could put pictures between layers for awesome effects
  • Pro: Extremely durable, water- and sun-resistant
  • Con: Thicker than Tesa® Extra Power Universal
  • Con: Adhesive not strong enough for added thickness, tends to make hairpin-like bubbles when folding over.

Gorilla® Tape

  • Sadly, never had the chance to test it so far, but gets an honorary mention
  • Pro: Dubbed the world's strongest and toughest tape
  • Con: Hard to buy here, also it's expensive
  • Con: Might be overkill for a wallet

Scotch® Tough Duct Tape

  • Again, sadly I have never had the pleasure to use one of these tapes, but it came up in my researches as a very noteable tape line
  • Pro: Multiple sites I have visited pointed out that these tapes are indeed "all that" (who got the reference?)

Stage Tapes:

  • For wallets, stay away from any product that's marketed as a stage tape. The reason is this: Stage tapes are, as their name implies, meant for use on stage. They are made specifically for the purpose for attaching stuff to other stuff for a couple of hours or days at most, without leaving any residue. Which means that whatever you build / make with stage tape will not be made for weeks or years worth of usage.
  • Pro: Great for use on stage
  • Con: Will come apart after a couple of hours / days
bro beans this looks so cool im gonna try to make it
<p>Thanks!<br>Be sure to upload a picture or two of your finished wallet as I'd love to see your results!</p>
<p>I got one when i joined the possum lodge with Red Green and it has a lifetime replacement.And I love it .I will have to try your style tho...Cheers.</p>
<p>I have complete faith in your abilities and I am sure yours will turn out exactly as splendid as planned, Lord Vader.</p><p>(please don't force-choke me)</p>
<p>So many duct tape projects - so little time... :/</p>
<p>this looks great and very professional. I especially like the quality of the instruction itself. Your instructable could be used as a tutorial on how to write these things.</p>
<p>Thanks!</p><p>I tried to make it easy to follow and replicate and intend to keep future instructables that way.</p>
Wow! What a awesome looking wallet!
<p>I'm glad you like it!</p>
<p>Ive seen store bought wallets worse than this.<br>Freakin awesome.</p>
<p>You flatter me!</p>
this is best
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>This is probably the nicest duct tape wallet I've ever seen!</p>
<p>Thank you, I appreciate it.</p>
Haha south park
<p>Have a refrigerated beverage of your choice so that I can toast to you.</p><p>Cheers mate!</p>

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