Introduction: Thin Duct Tape Wallet

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This is my contribution to the many Duct tape wallets out there. I was inspired by some of the minimalist wallet online and at "". I made some for the kids they love them.

This wallet is very simple to make and looks great when you use 2 different tape colors as you can see.
It has a section for notes and 2 pocket on eater side for cards.

Hope you have fun making one.

Step 1: Make the Paper Template.

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1. The things you will need.
2. Divide the paper into three I used 7cm for each section, cut off the execs.
3. Fold the paper in half to get the mid line.
4. Measure 10cm from the mid line to ether sides and cut off the exec.
5. Use the inside of a duct tape role and mark an arc in the center segment on the mid line.
6. Make folds on the segment lines.

Now you are ready for the Duct tape.

Step 2: Make the Inside of the Wallet.

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1. Stick a length of tape in the center of the paper, you need to start here so that your overlaps are in the correct direction. If not, notes you put into the wallet will snag on the overlap as you put them in.

2. Use a ruler as a gauge for the over lap size.

3. With the ruler in place stick a length of tape on to the paper with the overlap on top of the first tape.

4. Repeat step 3 to cover the paper, make sure you have some over hang at the top and bottom of the paper.

5. Turn the paper over and trim off the exec on the sides. Fold the over hang onto the paper.

6. Fold the paper in half at the mid line and cut out the arc with a scissors.

7. Unfold and smooth out.

8. Fold the segments in, to overlap each other, to create a good crease.

9. Now fold in half at the mid line to create a crease.

You are now ready the add the out side tape.

Step 3: Make the Outside of the Wallet.

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1.  Stick a length of tape at the top of the paper a small way down from the edge, this will give the wallet a nice look when it is complete. Make sure you have a lot of over hang on the sides.You will use this to stick the wallet together, you only need to do this for the length of the  first segment.

2. Use the over lap method form step 3 of "Make the inside"

3. Continue this to the bottom of the paper. With the last length of tape start at the bottom and over lap to the top.

4. Turn it over. Trim off the exec from after the first segment and use the ruler width to trim off the exec on the first segment. Fold it in half and cut out the hole and then unfold.

5 Fold the wallet with the inside  over lapping in. Square up the ends and fold the first segment overhang over the folded wallet side to sick it down.

6. Repeat step 5 for the other side.

7. Fold the wallet in half and smooth out the creases. Your wallet is done.

I put the wallet under some heavy books for some time to flatten it out.



Subashii (author)2016-08-20

nice, I avoided to make the inside layer to make it extra thin

SuperjamieQ made it! (author)2016-05-01

I had no duct tape lying around (I know, I know, it's a shame...), but I found out it works just fine with painters tape...

sonic broom made it! (author)2015-02-20

I have made lots of these and they are so nice I use this one as my everyday wallet. nice and compact has a little wear but i will just make a new one thanks to this great instructable!

pichonfrog11 (author)2014-09-01

This is sooo cool, I just made mine

lifeinbeats (author)2014-08-12

I seriously love this design. I've made two duct tape wallets now and have always struggled with the minimalist credit card pocket. It has ended up being the point of failure for both models.

My only suggestion is to make duct tape fabric instead of using a paper helper. It's tricky to get the hang of it, but if you use Dan's method (seen here: you don't need the extra layer. Duct tape, as we all know from accidentally folding it, sticks extremely well to itself. So this would also remove the possibility of the tape pulling off of the paper (which is probably slim anyway).

Thanks for the IBLE!

MartinMakes (author)CacalariB2014-08-02

Nice idea with the keys. The black and yellow look good.

CacalariB (author)2014-08-01

I made this one (with key-holder and 8cm instead of 7 to fit the local 'notes'). Thank you very much!

ForestClok (author)2014-07-08

I am new at this and this is my fav thing i have seen on here

puppy lover 01 (author)2014-07-06

It was kinda hard

sonic broom (author)2014-04-14

this is so cool i made one and i am going to make a lot more

Cyd Vicious (author)2014-03-16

I just made this for my husband out of a Super Mario duct tape. I removed the bill pocket because he wanted a super thin, card-only wallet. Instructions were easy to follow. Thank you!

Luv2Draw (author)2014-02-14

I love making wallets i sold them at my local mall lol

Kara_Aloha (author)2013-06-07

I just made 4 of these in about 2 hours. Totally addicted. The only thing I changed was on the last one the opening for the cards is a heart rather than two curves. Thanks for the idea! :)

MartinMakes (author)Kara_Aloha2013-12-21

Nice idea.

EastTucsonCadetmember (author)2013-11-27

Your wallets look very proffessional.


ejsilver26 (author)2013-03-09

My daughter just made me one out of digital camo duct tape. Awesome... :)

MartinMakes (author)ejsilver262013-03-11


DIY Micah (author)2012-06-07

Awesome wallet. I've made one outta packing tape so its totally clear and its pretty rad. I made a template and printed it on a transparency sheet. I'm attaching the template for all to enjoy. Just cut out the gray sections and fold on the black lines!

MartinMakes (author)DIY Micah2013-03-11

Good idea I think I'll make one too.

Chrystalkay (author)2012-02-29

Thank you for the -ible! I have made a couple of duct tape wallets but never used them because they were too thick. The success for this is, I believe the lack of extra layers a more complicated design uses.

I like the paper core too. It makes the patern easier to handle than sticking tape to tape....(ever try to separate it when there is a wrinkle or a missalignment? Ouch!)
Did you use the thinnest tape you could find? That was going to be my next try, to find the cheapest and therefor thinnest tape out there.
I think this will be a well used wallet when I make it.
Thanks again!

Chrystalkay (author)Chrystalkay2012-02-29

PS: Where did you find the colorful designed tape?

MartinMakes (author)Chrystalkay2012-02-29

I got it at the HomeDepot. Not sure if it's the thinnest.

A tip to prevent the tape from sticking to munch is to lightly wet it with you finger, I used this trick when cutting out the hole in the wallet.


Chrystalkay (author)MartinMakes2012-03-02

Thank you for the tip!
To clarify, do you dip your finger in water and put it lightly on the whole surface before you stick it? Then I guess it would set after you are sure of the position and press it together?


MartinMakes (author)Chrystalkay2012-03-12

Yes I use a little water but only on the hole part after I have stuck it down, just to stop it from sticking to the scissors.
You could try it when sticking two pieces of tape together but I'm not sure if it will work.

themadjeweler (author)2012-02-27

cool wallet! I'll try to make one as soon as possible. Looks good! :)

Robot Apocalypse (author)2012-02-27

Love the design, looks a little bit like a mighty wallet, but made better. I`m going to make this for sure.

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