Don't buy a wallet. Keep your money...in a wallet you make! This is also an excellent introductory project for working with duct tape from which you can spin off and start creating more complex projects.

This is one of the 48 projects for our Instructables: Made In Your Mind (IMIYM) exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Houston showing from May 26, 2012 - November 4, 2012. Produced in partnership with Instructables, IMIYM is an exhibit where families work together to build different fun, toy-like projects that help construct knowledge and skills related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while instilling a “do-it-yourself” attitude in kids so they feel empowered to explore, tinker, and try to make things themselves. To learn more, check out the article here.

While this particular set of instructions in an original created by our staff, there are a LOT of other examples of duct tape wallets on Instructables like the Quality Duct Tape Wallet by dan (among many, many others). Often, the materials and process for building our projects are designed for use with a large number of visitors (we see over 800,000 annually) and the need to ensure safety in a mostly non-facilitated environment. So, yes, many of these projects have room for improvement in both materials and methodology, which is PRECISELY what we want to encourage the kids to do. So please do share your ideas for improvement and modifications!

Step 1: What You Need:

We are selective in our materials for cost, ease of use, and safety due to our high traffic (800,000 visitors annually). So, for our purposes, this design worked best. But you may have other ideas - please share!

1 - Roll of duct tape (We purchased ours in bulk from Tapebrothers.com, but they only sell them in solid colors. You can get all sorts of great patterns at Target, Walmart, K-mart, etc. as well as craft stores and hardware stores.)
Scissors (optional if you are good at tearing - fair warning - you will likely need to clean them if you use them to cut a lot of duct tape)
Ruler (optional but recommended at least to start)
very smart!
<p>I made mine with circut duct tape. I also added another pocket, so I had one for cash, and one for cards. I also made a pocket for each card. I didn't include the pictures here, but I printed out my initalis and taped them on. Thanks for this great tutorial!</p>
<p>Yah, pretty cool</p>
I like it!
Cool but needs some some decoration
try to get the wrinckles out andput some credit card holders on it then put an idee holder on it then it will be way better but looks great!!!!!!
Of course. This was a kid making it and from an awkward position due to the overhead camera, but I think it turned out pretty nice. She later made a second and added her initials in Duct Tape to the front. <br> <br>The ID holder is a great, but we just couldn't do it in the exhibit (too much instruction/time at that point), but we do encourage them to try to do it themselves.
ok cant wait to see more
For a first time shot, or for a kid to try this out, its a good easy tutorial. And it would be easy to add a single credit card slot later if they were interested.
Thanks! Yes, that's the idea for them to figure out how to modify it from there.
Nice! Great color choices too!
Thanks! I actually made the prototype using flame-patterned duct tape... :-)

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