How to make a stylish yet functional Gaffer/Duct Tape Wallet that will last until you get bored of it because mine is 5 years old and has not broken yet and is showing no signs of giving up.

This Instructable will help you make your own personalised wallet including card holders, coin partition and pen holder. These wallets are very durable and should last for as long as you need them too mine has lasted five years so far and my brothers even longer. If something does go wrong and a piece does peel off then all you need to do to repair it is put a new piece of tape over the part that came off. good as new!

The silver one with the pen holder is an exact copy of my old high quality expensive leather wallet that broke after 6 months, the duct tape replacement lasted 10 times longer and is still going.

These wallets are also good conversation points as people are always commenting on them ether because they are impressed it is made out of tape and not just an old wallet covered in tape or because of the miniature pen which is very useful.

Step 1: Get Everything You Need Together

Gather the materials and tools you will need, don't skimp on the tape, buy some decent stuff because the cheap stuff is weaker, leaves a sticky residue and smells, literally not metaphorically. Also clear of your desk or work bench so that you have a large flat area to work on, trust me this will make life much easier.

Materials Required:
Duct Tape, any brand will do but you get what you pay for.

Tools Required:
Sharp pair of scissors and a Sharp knife like a Stanley blade or craft knife is helpful.

A perminant marker and ruler is helpful if your willing to put some thought into the wallets design and have any experience with designing and drawing paterns or nets.

Think about what size wallet you want and what features you want it to have. If you have an existing wallet that you would like to make a copy of in tape then get it and take all the relevant measurements. Write all your dimensions down about how deep you want it and how wide etcetera.

Note: if your scissors stop cutting effectively wipe them with a damp cloth and they will cut better because you have removed the adhesive residue that builds up on the blades.
<p>The one which I made...but not followed this instructions.</p>
<strong>Maybe you could us some sticky backed velcro strips to make fasteners for both the coin pocket and on a strip coming from the edge to hold the wallet together?<br /> <br /> This is the neatest wallet I've looked at so far.<br /> <br /> Thank you for the detailed photos and descriptions.<br /> <br /> Well done!<br /> </strong><br /> <em>P.S. I'm a Grandmother in the UK and I intend to try to make a few of these for my Grandchildren as stocking-fillers for Christmas 2010. It'll probably take me that long, lol.</em>
when you do this I suggest cutting out 1cm or the middle just to get rid of the whole fold thing so it stays in the fold better. otherwise it will be 2 thick and will pop open till its trained.
I dont understand what you are trying to say, if you are worried about it being too thick then i can assure you that i am currently using my new black wallet that i made in the instructable and it is 20mm thick when fully laden, it does not open by itself or bulge. My coins, which seem to multiply in my wallet, stay in place and dont escape. My notes and cards are also secure. When empty it is less than 10mm thick, closer to 5mm depending where you measure it. The red and black wallet is too thick as the pattern took up alot of the thickness and so that bulges and opens by itself, hence why i dont use it. My advice is that if you are intending to make a multicoloured or patterned one then make the actual duct tape matterial out of the different colours and dont add them over the top after as 4 layers of tape per side adds up quickly.
when you fold it due to the fact that the inside is equal to the outside it will stick out farther because it doesnt care what you think so in order for it to stay perfect the inside needs to be shorter because while the top is wrapped around the inside it actually shortens if you didnt know.
@joejoerowley: No, it's not gaffer's tape - gaffer's is a rubber-based adhesive on a woven fabric backing. However, it can leave a residue, especially if it gets hot and/or old. Having pulled way too much old gaff off of lighting cables I can say it does leave residue, just not immediately. I've never made a wallet out of the stuff though, so not sure about its longevity in that situation.
This is not Gaffers Tape!!!! Gaffers tape doesn't leave residue behind and is not reflective. Also it is woven and stranded.
Nice instructable, but I wouldn't say they "never break". I made one of these once and used it every day. Eventually the adhesive just sort of.. melted. This made the tape slide from where it should have been and left sticky residue where it used to be. Maybe it was crappy duct tape that I used, I don't know.
Thanks for the comment, Yuppers your right I'm guessing crappy Duct Tape. The stuff i used cost me £6 for 25 meters and it was "Duck Silver Power Tape". Its easy to solve a peel though; make sure your joins are as far away from the edges as you can to reduce rubbing on the seam, cut the peeled part off and tape over with new tape. Repairs aren't difficult, complex or damaging to the wallet so its not a big deal, its not as if you have to buy a new one or pay someone to do it lol. You could even get funky an randomly use different colour tapes in the wallet and repairs so you get a random colourful look.

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