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Clearing the trunk of my car, I realized that I had amassed a PILE of maps and directions. Despite using a GPS when I can - I'd NEVER throw out those paper maps. You never know when your GPS battery will fail. Besides, sometimes its fun to just look at the maps and see what's around you.

Tools & supplies for this project:
2) cardboard (two, 10X10 inch squares)
3) two plastic shopping bags
4) one 30 inch shoelace
5) scissors
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Step 1: Layout

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Step 1:
Set your two cardboard squares about 1.5 to 2 inches apart on a surface that won't be damaged by the duct tape. I used a 'self-healing' cutting board laid out on the family washing machine. (It was raining and I didn't feel like running out to the garage to do this.)

Step 2: Taping

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Step 2:
Cover the cardboard with duct tape (neatness counts).
Oh - before you start taping - lay the shoestring down the middle of the two pieces of cardboard. Tape over it. If you do this part right, you'll have about 9 inches of lace hanging off of each end. You'll need this to tie the case shut, later.

Color outside the lines: the duct tape should overhang the cardboard by about an inch all around.

Step 3: Flip the case

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Step 3:

Flip the case over.
It should now be sticky side up on your work surface.
Notice that I didn't follow my own advice about an inch overhang all'round. (*sigh*)..

Fold the overhanging tape over the raw cardboard edges. Add tape as necessary if you didn't leave enough overhang.

Cover the gap of sticky tape between your cardboard cavers with more duct tape and tape the edges of the covers down to make sure they don't come undone.

Your map case should look something like a binder by now...
Biggsy4 years ago
For a first attempt at an instructable I think you have done a sterling job matey... welldone. We make Ductape wallets with my scouts and they love them. I personally would just put ductape on the inside of the pockets instead of using the plastic bags... but still I love the way your idea works

Welldone, Can't wait to see what you come up with next. Let me know if you need a hand with anything.

One of my coveted highfives for you

oldsod (author)  Biggsy4 years ago
Thanks, Biggsy.

Right - duct tape would have worked just fine to line the pockets.

I just got paranoid over the possibility of some of the stickum squishing out from under the edges of the tape and upcycled the shopping bags to solve an issue that, probably, only existed in my head :-)

Appreciate the highfive.
Biggsy oldsod4 years ago
Even still... it's a great i'ble matey well done... I'm considering giving it a go myself