Introduction: How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet.
I read the "quality duct tape wallet" a little while ago. After a few more duct tape wallets, a duct tape bowl, and even duct tape epelets(For all those scouters out there) I decided to make my very own duct tape wallet instuctable. This will go over how to make the body, upward pockets, sideways pockets, a coin pouch, and a middle flap with a id pocket, all 100% made out of duct tape(unlike those imitation duct tape wallets with paper, cardboard, or a cut up page protector). I have included a ton of pictures and "to the best of my ability" descriptions on what I am doing.
DISCLAIMER: if you aren't having fun while making the wallet, do something else, or take a break and come back later. I am not responsible for any duct tape wallets made in a gloomy mood.
Now get to it!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Scissors (but you might be able slip by without them)
Step 2: Duct Tape Cloth
Yes, you can make a sweater out of duct tape, but you would probable sweat like mad(duct tape=0 breathability ) but here we are making a duct tape wallet, and here we need duct tape cloth. You may need to look at the pictures for better clarification.
1. Cut a piece a little longer than you want the wallet to be(maybe an inch longer). If you don't know how long it should be, get out a bi fold wallet, open it up, and make the strip of duct tape a little longer.
2. Cut another piece of duct tape the same size as the other one(it doest have to be exactly the same size, the extra inch was to add a margin of error.). Overlap that piece of duct tape so it is sticky on sticky. Make sure the edge goes a little past the middle.smooth it out.
3. Repeat step two but this time on the other side.make sure to overlap, leaving no sticky.
4. Repeat step two and three until you have four pieces on each side(I find four is a good number, after making a three on one side and five on the other and a three on one side and four on the other).
5. Fold the sticky edges over onto the non sticky side.
6. Trim off the sticky on the edges.
Now you have a half made body for the wallet.
Step 3: Make It More Wallet-ish
This wallet will probably never be able to hold a doller bill very well for very long. This is where duct tape magic comes in.
1. Fold the duct tape wallet in half hot dog style and match up the two edges as closely as you can. Make a nice crease where you folded the duct tape cloth.
2. Unfold the wallet.
3. Cut a piece of duct tape a little longer (about an inch) than the crease to the edge.
4. Stick the piece of duct tape onto the wallet so one end is on or a little above the crease and the other end is dangling of the edge. Be sure to have the piece of tape so that if you were to draw a line from the top the the bottom down the middle, that line would be on the edge of the wallet.
5. Repeat steps three and four on the other side.
6. Fold the pieces of duct tape so the crease is along the edge of the duct tape cloth.
7. Refold the duct tape cloth so it sticks to the folded pieces of duct tape.
8. Cut the pieces that are coming out of the wallet. Don't cut any farther than the edge of the wallet.
9. Fold the cut pieces down.
Step 4: Finish the Body
So now you should have just a bit of sticky on each end of the wallet. We are about to cover that up.
1. Cut a piece of duct tape a little longer than the hight of the wallet. About an 2 inches longer.
2. Put the wallets edge onto so that half of the long end is showing and a little bit is coming off of the top and bottom.
3. Cut from the top down to the wallet's corner in a straight line. The top being the edge with the opening.
4. Cut from the bottom side to the wallet's corner. Don't cut into the wallet
5. Fold the little bit at the top into the wallet's opening.
6. Fold the long end that runs across the side onto the wallet.
7. Fold the little tab into the wallet.
9. Fold the bottom part up onto the wallet.
10. Fold the tab into the back.
11. Repeat steps one through ten on the other side.
Step 5: Pockets That Point Up (Part 1 the Making of the Pockets)
Now you don't really have a [good] wallet if it does't have a place for a credit card. Here is how you make a vertical pocket.
1. Get a credit card, gift card, ect.
2. Wrap duct tape around the card , sticky side out, leaving an opening on the top and the bottom of the card. DON'T REMOVE THAT CARD YET!
3. Rip a strip of duct tape a little longer (about 2 inches) than the longest side of the card and duct tape combo. The sticky side should be down.
4. Put the duct tape card thing on top (that is on the non-sticky side) of the strip of duct tape so that the card goes long ways along the strip of duct tape, leave about an inch or so on each side. Also make sure the card thing's bottom only goes half way down the piece of duct tape (That is being short ways). The picture really helps on this step(If you can't see the picture because don't have an account get one! It really pays off to be able to see the pictures, ask questions, and tell the world about your way of doing things!).
5. Push the card down in its pocket a little.
6. Cut the strip of duct tape so it just goes to the edge of the credit card.
7. Fold the upper part of the duct tape strip onto the credit card thing.
8. Fold the rest of the duct tape strip up onto the credit card thing. Make sure the card doesn't slide.
9. Turn the pocket thing over.
10. Fold the other two flaps of the strip of duct tape onto the card. The bottom should now be closed off and there should be an opening at the top.
10 and a half. In this form the pocket is very useful It will stick to most any surface to hold you credit cards, gift cards, and other cards.
11. Cut about two millimeters down from the top on the opening on each side of the card thing. The pictures help.
12. Repeat steps 1-11 for as many pockets will fit in you wallet.
Step 6: Pockets That Point Up (Part 2 the Attaching of the Pockets)
Although these pockets are fairly useful already, we still need to attach them to the wallet. Here's how.
1.Take the pocket and stick it to the inside of the wallet on the side that you want. Try not to get any wrinkles on the inside. This works better if you leave the card in.
2. I bet your wondering why we made those little cuts? Well now you can fold the one that is not stuck to the wallet down, this makes it so there are no little pieces of duct tape sticky showing.
3. Place all the other pockets you made so that the little flap at the opening folds down into the pocket above. Try to keep the pockets all lined up. It also looks nicer if each pocket goes down a little each time you place one.
4. When you are done placing all the pockets, cover the last pocket, starting at the top, with duct tape.
5. Put some duct tape along the side of the pockets.
6. Cut a little slit in the strip of duct tape so the card can still go in.
7. Repeat steps 5-6 on the other side.
Step 7: Pockets That Point Inward
This isn't really an instructional step, making pockets that point inward is the same as making pockets that point upward you just rotate the place you put the opening to the side. You can still look at the pictures.
Step 8: Change Pocket
A change pocket is very useful for a wallet, here is how to make one. Once again I highly recommend
1. Get a long strip of duct tape, and make a lop that is about half the length of the wallet,
2. Extend the pocket so that it fits well.
3. Finish off the bottom like you finished the sides
4. Take a smaller strip of duct tape and make a small loop., make small cuts at the top of the pocket and small loop and fold down one of the resulting flaps.
5. Put the big pocket onto the wallet and cover the sticky with the duct tape, but stop at one strip.
6. Put the smaller loop on so it is centered, and cover it with duct tape so no sticky is showing.
7. Finish the bottom using the same techniques as with the credit car pockets.
Onto the flap!
8. Make a good sized piece of card board cloth.
9. Trim the edges to make them so no sticky is showing.
10. Using the wallet to measure, cut the strip to size, which is a little less than half the length of the wallet.
11. Fold out one side of the strip that was previously folded back along the edge
12. Use the wallet to measure, and put the unfolded edge over the small loop covered with duct tape.
13. Now , while keeping the measurement in step 12, fold the flap with the sticky part into the wallet.
14. Once again, while measuring to make sure it fits, cut off parts of the flap so that it will fit inside the small loop.
16. Check for any sticky showing and cover it up. Be sure to stay tidy.
Step 9: Middle ID Flap
Now it's time for an I.D. flap.
1. Start by making sideways cardholder pocket, but keep the entire outside sticky. If you need some help, just look at the pictures on this step.
2. Make a top cardholder pocket, and once again, keep the outside sticky. Go back to steps 5 and 6 if you need help with that.
3. Put the card pockets so that they are one on top of the other, with all side lengths matching.
4. Cover all the sticky with duct tape, while keeping it neat.
5. On the side with the top cardholder pocket, cut a little hole in the middle with the scissors, but only going through one piece of duct tape cloth.
6. Cut a straight line to each end, and DON'T GO ALL THE WAY TO THE END! leave enough to keep the card in the pocket.
7. Do the same thing up and down, and once again, don't cut all the way.
8. Finish cutting the whole thing out. The pictures really help on steps 5 through 8.
9. Put two strips of duct tape on the side opposite the side cardholder pocket opening. They should be on either side of the pocket with the sticky sides pointing towards each other. Be sure that the one on the side with the I.D. opening does not go into the I.D. opening.
10. Push the two pieces of duct tape together near the pocket about a centimeter, the pictures help.
11. Put the flap onto the wallet so that it is lined up in the middle.and the two flaps of duct tape go away from each other. Once again, the picture REALLY help.
12. Smooth it out.
13. Cut little slits for the credit card pockets. Looking back I can see that doing the middle flap probably wold have worked out better if done before the change pocket or credit card pockets, but oh well!
Step 10: Enjoy
Enjoy the wonderful fruits of your labor.