Introduction: Improved Paper Duct Tape Wallet

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This is a paper wallet based on the one made by theRIAA and reinforced with duct tape. There are also additions such as an ID case and memory card slot. You can also improvise your own additions, which is a step higher than leather wallets.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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You will need:
8.5*11 paper-several sheets
plenty of duct tape- whichever color you want the wallet to be
clear tape
a small business card size booklet
a small piece of poster board or cardboard
a pencil

utility knife or pocket knife

Step 2: Make Paper Wallet - Folds

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Fold the paper into quarters, then unfold. Cut where you see the marker in the 4th picture.

Step 3: Wallet- More Folds

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Fold up the flaps as shown. Then fold it over, left to right, from the alignment shown in the image. Once it looks like the 2nd picture, fold it in half as shown in the third one.

Step 4: Ending Folds

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Fold the external flaps into the rest of the wallet.

You have officially finished the "standard" paper wallet. proceed for the improvements:

Step 5: Duct Taping Your Wallet

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Cut off the 2 flaps that are sticking out ( follow the first image) and tape them shut, unless you want exterior access to your interior slots(weird, right?) then take your pencil and mark off the visible"rectangles" these are the 4 in the pocket where you put your cash, and the 4 exterior ones. Now you need to apply the duct tape. Unfold the wallet(the opposite of folding it) and apply
the duct tape in the rectangular areas where you marked them. next, refold the wallet and tuck the folds in. you might also want to secure the inner flaps by taping them with clear tape.

Step 6: The Additions-ID Wallet

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From here there are several things you can do:
To make an ID Wallet, cut off an inch on 2 of the sides as shown in the picture. then make the same wallet again, just an inch smaller on each side. then, if you did not do so already, apply the duct tape.

Step 7: Memory Card Slot

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Wrap a sticky note that corresponds with your color scheme around the memory card. cut off the extra, tape it up, and tape it to the right half of the larger wallet, not the ID wallet.


TheEvilRobot (author)2009-05-03

Your Duct Tape -- Its So Neatly Placed! I Had A Little Trouble Following The Steps, Turned Out Great Nonetheless. 3/5

yholiyat (author)2012-09-30

AWESOME ible, great descriptiveness, nice and short and easy to comprehend !!!

siafulinux (author)2011-06-22

Geez, that's the neatest looking duct tape anything I think I've ever seen. Most are somewhat rugged looking. Nicely done!

raykholo (author)siafulinux2011-06-22

Wow, this instructable is over 4 years old and I'm still hearing great things about it. Thanks!

It might not look rugged, but its quality sure is. I still have the one I made in this instructable. Doesn't look as neat after going through the washing machine, but it's still in one piece, fairly pleasing aesthetically, and completely usable.

star_above_the_clouds (author)2011-03-15

I did this; first time using duct tape. (weird.) Anyways, good job. There's something I didn't like, though. Could you please be a little more descriptive? Overall, you did an amazing job. Keep making those instructables. (:

Here's my wallet:
Kinda rough.  The wallet and I had World War III when I duct taped the inside pockets.... and the dollar bills stick out from the top.... Haha. xD

mettaurlover (author)2008-08-25

i made flash drive holders. now, with my massive collection of flash drives, it doesn't fit in my pocket. i'm serious.

*mouth hangs open*

Yeah... Basically ID slots fitted to flash drives... Also, ALMOS TTWO YEAR OLD POST. YOU AREN'T SUPPOSED TO RESPOND TO THOSE.

raykholo (author)mettaurlover2011-01-08

In my book, better late than never.

mettaurlover (author)raykholo2011-01-08

In everybody else's, better never than late.

tazsapp (author)mettaurlover2010-06-27

breakin tha rules lol

softballch1k99 (author)2010-09-21

i made a duct tape and green. Not an instructable though

twitchy909 (author)2010-07-26

youve changed my life , THANK YOU

FFVIIBOY (author)2010-03-30

i gotta make this when i get some duct tape but once i get duct tape im probably gonna use it up fast i always do :D

schoonovermr (author)2010-01-18

did you use all those papers or just one?

wbrm77 (author)2010-01-15

this was way eaiser than i thought it would be:-)

raykholo (author)2007-05-04

This is my first instructable- please tell me if you like it. Thanks!

no swear-man (author)raykholo2010-01-01

i used ur instructions til step 3

raykholo (author)no swear-man2010-01-01

Happy that I could help.  Essentially, that is just a slightly improved version of the paper waller instructable by theRIAA  that I based this on.

AznPanda (author)2009-03-06

like my wallet that i made a while back? its cool :D here de picture
. I didn't use ur instructions though
It has 2 money pockets
6 card pockets
1 ID pocket
1 Coin pocket i like it :D

glugnar (author)AznPanda2009-11-22


raykholo (author)AznPanda2009-03-07

pretty nice-- but like u said its not my instructions if u really want a professional opinion try asking some other people that made the wallets more like that design. its really cool though

sharlston (author)2009-08-07

woaa thats well good,neat design -sharlston

sharlston (author)2009-08-04

thats neat what about making a a4 sheet of paper out of duct tape and using that? :)

raykholo (author)sharlston2009-08-05

here the letter size paper uses the "4 folds" a4 is bigger so i would try to make 5 folds, and who knows, maybe u can find a way to get an extra pocket in there. Give it a shot and post some pics.. I would be happy to see how it turned out and possibly be inspired by it :)

XaiofDren (author)2008-06-20

I know this is, or may sound like, a fool's question, but is colored duct tape of the same, or nearly the same material and strength of regular grey? I need to know.

tubbychick3n (author)XaiofDren2008-08-21

as far as i know, they are the same. don't quote me on that, but if your going colored, you should go with the best. use duck brand. it has always been reliable for me. i have a wallet that i made that is made of only black and red duct tape (duck brand of course) and I'm pretty sure that that doesn't fall under the category of Grey. the thing has held up great so far and i don't think anythings going to happen to it any time soon. i don't think that having paper in a duct tape wallet still qualifies it as a duct tape wallet, mainly because it's not made of only duct tape. a duct tape wallet should be strictly made of duct tape, possibly other kinds of tape (masking, packaging, electrical), maybe plastic for an id window, and perhaps magnets if you need them to hold it together.

raykholo (author)tubbychick3n2008-09-02

do u know if the color tape is expensive?

tubbychick3n (author)raykholo2008-09-02

i am relatively sure that it's around the same price. just check a local walmart or target. that's where i got mine i think.

I think it only really depends on where you buy it. at a fancy art store they're expensive, but if they're at walmart or similar stores they should be reletively similar in price.

foxtrot4697 (author)tubbychick3n2008-12-19

or Nashua tape is another good brand

raykholo (author)XaiofDren2008-08-26

i honestly dont know, but if u want to make a color wallet, make it out of that color cunstruction paper and then use clear packing tape instead of duct tape but i think that color duct tape should be fine

compacho (author)2008-10-06

Very cool instructable. I'm gonna see if i can add more card slots the inside by cutting a few slots with an exacto knife. I'm also going to try this with a cereal box.

ductytim (author)2008-02-23

dude, or dudet, you shouldnt put paper in yo wallet. i tried it once and it was in my pockets for a night and my mom accidently put it in the washing machine and i t looked worse than diarhea

raykholo (author)ductytim2008-06-11

just happened to me but it wasnt that bad the paper separated so it looks like one of the folds is ripped off, and a side of the tape came off - i think by the way - im a dude

SpecialEd101 (author)2008-02-23

is that a library card????????????

Constructo Man (author)2007-11-19

Did u get the idea for the wallet fold from the popular science website?

raykholo (author)Constructo Man2008-02-06

can u give me the link to the wallet idea from popsci? i want to see it

Constructo Man (author)raykholo2008-02-06

It was posted by the Riaa on popsci I just found out. Here's the link.

raykholo (author)Constructo Man2008-02-15

i think its the same one -- it looks the same on both links

1980feista (author)2008-02-10

I get confused after step 6

kpoldre321 (author)2007-11-04

Good Instructable, a little hard to follow but great idea.

legobrick55 (author)2007-06-09

i dont get step 6 pic 2

raykholo (author)legobrick552007-06-10

that picture shows a top view of the id wallet. put the left taped side into the left internal pocket of the full sized wallet.

matt_the_awsome (author)2007-05-20

Did i like it ?! Holy crap of course i liked it!im 11 and i make like 50 (literally!) i took them to skool and and sold them for like a a dollar (i dont live in the states so its kinda hard to tell whats a dollar)my friend made one like a coin purse i kicked the crud out of him

raykholo (author)matt_the_awsome2007-05-21

its worth more

simp1eplan (author)2007-05-07

erm...i dont really get lost me after the snipping part...cause the paper wallet i created doesnt have the flaps sticking out..

raykholo (author)simp1eplan2007-05-07

these flaps that you cut off- there are 2 on each side. These are the ones you did not fold in step 3- I think youll figure it out.

jmando (author)2007-05-04

SWEET! I'll have to try this.

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