Introduction: Duct Tape Wallet

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How to make an easy, fast, and durable (depending on the type of tape you use) duct tape wallet (yes, I know that there are other duct tape wallet designs on Instructables, but I wanted to add my design to the myriad of other duct tape wallet designs).
P.S. Here are some other duct tape wallets on this site

Step 1: Materials

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You will need: tape (the tougher the tape, the tougher the wallet), scissors, a ruler, and a hobby knife.

Step 2: Begin to Make the Back and the Billfold Piece

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Cut 4 pieces of 8.5 inch long tape (as shown in step 1) and put the strips together in pairs as shown below so that the strips are 8.5 inches long by 3.5 inches wide.

Step 3: Finish the Back and the Billfold Piece

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Take the two pieces of 8.5 by 3.5 tape and put the two sticky sides together to make a sort of "tape fabric" as shown below. Repeat this step to make the back of the wallet. For the back of the wallet, if the tape that you are using is not very thick, you may want to make the back twice as thick as the billfold piece. Both the back and the billfold pieces are shown in the second picture on this step.

Step 4: Create the Pieces for the Card Pockets

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First, cut off two pieces of 4 inch long by 2 inch wide tape. Second, cut off 2 pieces of 4 inch long by 1.5 inch wide tape.
Finally, stick the two pieces of 4 inch by 2 inch together to make tape fabric. Then do the same with the 4 inch by 1.5 inch tape.

Step 5: Make the Piece to Hold a Card So That It Is Visible When You Open the Wallet

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First, make a 4 inch long by 2.5 to 3 inch piece of tape fabric.
Then, cut out a piece of the tape fabric that is a bit smaller than the card you want to put in it so that the card won't fall out. Make sure that the top of it is open so you can slide the card in and out easily. The finished product should look like the piece in the picture below.

Step 6: Make Sticky Flaps to Hold the Wallet Together

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Put 1 inch wide pieces of tape on the sides and bottom edges of the back piece that you made earlier so that there is a 1.5 inch sticky flap on the sides.

Step 7: Assemble the Wallet

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First, set the billfold piece on top of the back piece (the piece that you put sticky flaps on in the last step) then put the card pocket pieces on top of the billfold piece. Then, fold the sticky flaps on top of all of the pieces that you set on top of the back piece (the billfold and card pocket pieces), partially securing them onto the rest of the wallet (as shown in the second picture on this step). After that, put a 1 inch wide strip of tape down the middle of the wallet and then trim it to size (the third picture on this step shows this before trimming).

Step 8: Add the Final Touches

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Using a hobby knife (be very careful not to cut yourself), cut into the flaps that you folded over and into the strip of tape that you put in the middle so that you can put cards into the pockets (otherwise there wouldn't be enough space to put the cards in).

Step 9: Finished!

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You now have your very own duct tape wallet! You may want to fold it in half and set some books on top of it to crease it in the middle. Also, you will have to use it for a little while to break it in. Enjoy!


pinkiesk8tr (author)2008-07-29

how many strips??

MICHAEL801 (author)pinkiesk8tr2012-04-24

you will need 8 strips of 8 in.

smilee (author)pinkiesk8tr2009-10-29


I doubt that.

spydog4 (author)2009-12-15

great idea!  maybe for the id pocket you could use some clear du(ct) tape or packing tape and make a small piece of "fabric". it might be blurry though   haven't tried yet

smilee (author)2009-10-29

Just made mine it is awesome!

mack09 (author)2009-09-12

This was awesome thanks for your guide.

usmcfalife (author)2009-07-04

what i noticed is this is a good base for a wallet. i added a second 8.5 by 4in piece out of the 4 pieces of duct tape and taped it with the flaps completing a good sturdy money holder

DaveOfTheDead (author)2009-03-08

You could just as easily add more pockets for more cards, right?

benthefish (author)2008-09-18

30 minutes later and it didn't turn out bad at all. Thanks

foxtrot4697 (author)benthefish2009-01-24

lol mine looks like a cow with rabies

raykholo (author)2009-01-09

almost look like a real one from a distance

pinkiesk8tr (author)2008-07-29

this is really cool...every time i make 1 i sometimes use it or ill sell it to mi friends cuz im lyk dat! haha ya they dnt care if they dnt kno how to do it and they r happy i cn make it for them

MrStayPuft (author)2008-05-23

I made it and love it. For the ID window I cut out a clear binder divider in a rectangle shape.

Kevin Krogue (author)2007-11-10

Great instructable but I have a problem. I built a Duct Tape wallet along time ago and loved it. But I had to get ride of it b/c the adhesive was coming out of all the ends of the pieces and ruined all my cards. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas to keep that from happening,sealer or maybe there is a better quality duct idk your ideas would be much appreciated.

two words: pocket protecter

GIANTPANDA (author)2007-12-31

this is a great fun thing to make! i made this wallet but i didnt make the left hand card bit as i felt the right hand part would suffice and im so happy with it! i told people at work a was going to make one and they told me to bring it in and they were amazed! and they want me to make them one! i didnt as making it yourself is most of the fun!

gaara0sama1 (author)2007-12-07

Nice! Might I suggest that in the ID window use some leftover plastic like from a child's toy sealed in hard plastic?

kpoldre321 (author)2007-11-04

Great Instructable! really easy to follow. instead of just doubling the back pieces of tape I tripled. It makes it muck more solid and durable

rockabilly_renegade (author)2007-09-24

hey man, thanks for putting this up here. Now I won't have to worry about not having any cool stuff when I go to camp tomorrow. it ROCKS!!!

Andyp18 (author)2007-08-01

Possible update. To keep your ID secure get the tape so its bigger than all sides of the card then cut a square in the middle toshow the info. Tape onto wallet, and slide your card in

cthorpe12 (author)2007-03-31

Finally, stick the two pieces of 4 inch by 2 inch together to make tape fabric. Then do the same with the 4 inch by 2 inch tape. | | shouldn't this one say 1.5?

NumberX (author)cthorpe122007-04-06

Yes, it should.

capnstubbs (author)2007-03-26

thanks! i really loved making this one keep up the good work!

hethlee (author)2007-02-20

I think it was perfectly fine to add yours as a new instructable- in my opinion. A lot of the ideas on here are variations. I love this project and i'm always looking for better ways to make it (I do them at a summer camp with teen boys) anyways... great instructable. I like your design

mrmath (author)hethlee2007-02-20

I'm not trying to be nasty or mean, and I'm CERTAINLY not saying someone should post another version of a previously posted item. I'm just saying that if you are going to do that, you should say that there are others on the site, and links to them would be nice.

hethlee (author)mrmath2007-02-21

Maybe NumberX did not realize this. I understand what you are saying. I still think it was okay.

mrmath (author)hethlee2007-02-21

The first thing everyone should do before posting on this, or any other site, is search the site to see if they're reposting. You could be right. Maybe he did search and didn't find them. Even if he did find them, and posted a link to them, I still think his posting this version would be ok. hethlee, I think we are in agreement that it was ok for him to post his version of the wallet. I would just recommend the links...

NumberX (author)hethlee2007-02-21

Thank you for your complement. Also, by reading my instructable, you gave me brief control over your mind. MUAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

NumberX (author)2007-02-21

I simply wished to give people a larger choice of designs to make a wallet from. However, I do thank you for your input, and I have edited and will continue to edit my instructable based upon people's input.

mrmath (author)2007-02-19

While yours is different, it is not the first on the site. I could be in for some flaming here, but if you're going to post your own variation, it should either be done in the comments (which this is too complex to do), or with some acknowledgement to the others on the site.

So, perhaps you could have started with "I know there are other ducttapewallets on the site, but here's mine."

If I'm off base, or not being nice, please just ignore me, or correct me.

mrmath (author)mrmath2007-02-19

OOPS! That was supposed to be ducttapewallets, but I got screwed up in the linking.

That's what the preview button is for, isn't it?

AlexTheGreat (author)mrmath2007-02-20

You forgot one. Duct tape wallet

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