Introduction: Easy Duct Tape Wallet
Now, I know you've probably seen this about a million times, but I've decided to document how to make an easy DIY wallet out of duct tape! It's super easy and fun to customize, and less expensive than buying a wallet from a store. This is just basic, but there's a whole bunch of things you can do to add on to this design.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
This step is pretty self-explanatory. The materials you'll need to create this are a pair of scissors and duct tape. The tape can be the normal silver, or you can get one in whatever color or design you want.
Step 2: The Main Pocket
After you've gotten your tape, measure out approximately how long a dollar bill is. This is not exact of course, but in general, it should be a little bit longer than whatever kind of money you will need to fit inside of it. Cut two pieces of equal length and stick them together so that there are no sticky sides out. Be careful with this step, as it's really easy to get them stuck in the wrong spot, so go slowly. I usually start by lining up the bottom edges and smooth it together from the middle, so there are no wrinkles in the tape. After that, if there are any edges that didn't line up or are sticky on one side, you can trim the edges so they're uniform and straight.
Step 3: Now Repeat
Now that you have your first strip, add two more pieces and stick them about a centimeter up from the bottom of the strip on either side. You could also make another separate strip by repeating step two, but I think it's easier to just tape the two pieces together. After you do that, trim the edges of the new strip so they match the first.
Step 4: Add One More Strip
Repeat step three (or two if you want to make separate strips and tape them together) and you should get a sheet of duct tape three pieces thick, where neither side is sticky and the edges are the same length.
Step 5: Trim the Edges
Now, if you're like me and made your sheet too long, now is the time to trim it. You can quickly check how long your wallet should be by comparing it to a dollar bill or the money that you'll be putting in it. If it is too long, you can easily fix this by measuring it against the money and cutting off the extra. Again, you should leave a little bit of extra on each side, but if it's more than say an inch, you might want to trim off the edge.
Step 6: Extra Pockets
To make more pockets for things like credit cards and business cards and ID's start by repeating step two, but instead of making the strip as long as a dollar bill or the like, make it the length of a card. Stick the two sides together and trim the edges like in step one. You can place these anywhere on the inside of the wallet, but make sure that the pocket doesn't go over the middle, as cards don't fold in half as well as paper money does.
After you make your strips, tape the bottom and side edges to the main pocket, but leave the top open so you can put your cards in.
You can make as many of these as you want and that will fit, and stacking the pockets works as well, but remember that if you stack the pockets, put the outer pocket a little bit lower than the pocket behind it, so you can still see the card in both pockets.
Step 7: Tape the Sides
Now that you have the insides of your wallet finished, tape the sides of the main sheet together to make the large pocket that the paper money will go in. From here, you can fold the wallet in half and you're done! If you want to add anything else, scroll down to the next step, but if you are happy with the basic wallet, congratulations!
Step 8: Adding Anything Extra
Now that you're done with the basic wallet, you can add whatever you want to it. This could be things like an ID slot with a plastic window in it, a coin pocket with velcro or a way to keep the wallet closed like velcro or a snap or button. The possibilities are endless!