Introduction: Portable Tape

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This instructable is for people who can't leave home without duct tape and are tired of the bulk.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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You will need; a junk credit card (or similar sized piece of plastic), duct tape, a permanent marker, a ruler, scissors, a place to hold tape (pocket will do but altoids taste better) and a brain.

Step 2: Mark Card

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use the sharpie to mark the card. First mark the card so that it will be able to fit into its destination. then mark a one cm strip on each side of the card. Next mark the centre of the card and mark to 1.5 cm strips above and belove the centre point horizonatly.

Step 3: Chop Chop Chop

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Insert your index finger into lower hole of cutting tool, insert thumb into upper hole of cutting tool. By slighty opening and closing your fingers a cutting action can be achieved. Use this action to cut along the lines from step 2.

Step 4: Wrap Up

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Take the roll of tape and unroll a long section place the midsection of the card on and roller up. Repeat as necessary.

Step 5: You're Done

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Put the tape into the container and always be prepared. You could add this to an altoids wallet or any other of the millions of altoids projects on this site.


jleonhard (author)2011-08-13

This may sound too easy and even trivial, but why not JUST use the duct tape on it's self (flatten a piece on itself), that way it won't be any bulkier, you can use every piece of it, it can be made to size for the job or the weight you want.... Sounds so good I want to give it a go.

Just seems like you can make it more portable by not adding unnecessary bulk. my2cents

jimbo333 (author)2009-05-23

duct tape, super glue, and wd-40 can fix just about anything!!!!

bmx458 (author)jimbo3332009-06-03

and C4

jimbo333 (author)bmx4582009-06-04

good one, ill add that too my list, as the mythbusters say (favorite show) "when in doubt use c4."

joey99 (author)jimbo3332010-07-30

or jammie whant big boom

Aeroshift (author)2009-04-10

you don't understand. It's a way of life. so is bacon... but that's another story

Colonel88 (author)Aeroshift2009-11-13

lol just made group for bacon lovers :D

1spartan95 (author)Aeroshift2009-04-27

true that brother!

Colonel88 (author)1spartan952009-11-13


barkode33 (author)2009-08-21

Just to be a extra idea using some card or something that can be cut but is quite think i would make the side a little thicker and therefore stronger... (Y)

Codester93 (author)2008-02-18

Can someone lend me there brain, I dont have all the supplies I need...

Pixel_Master (author)Codester932008-03-27

Don't worry, You can buy one at the dollar store! That's what my friend did!

Codester93 (author)Pixel_Master2008-05-20

Yay for the dollar store! :) This is getting alittle of topic, plz don't respond to my comment any more :)

sweeet_2012 (author)Codester932009-06-10

This comment right here?

hornbadoing (author)Codester932008-12-01

im responding hahahahahahahahahahaha

ductytim (author)Codester932008-02-23

where do u live ill give u

Father Christmas (author)2008-01-13

duct tape is universal. you can literally use it for everything. for all we know, the edges of the universe are being held together with duct tape.

i saw this awesome shirt that said, "Duct tape is like the force, it has two sides, one light and one dark, and it holds the universe together."

omg. I NEED that shirt lol

yeah i asked the guy if i could have his shirt

foxtrot4697 (author)foxtrot46972009-01-02

he didnt let me....... i wonder why???

daltonjcw (author)foxtrot46972008-12-31

where can you get that?!

Derin (author)Father Christmas2008-07-12


daltonjcw (author)2008-12-31

its the most supreme material ever invented!!!!!!!!!!!!!

macdadyabc (author)2007-09-03

yah, this one camping article said wrap it around a cut to size pen tube, and then put it in a film canister, or just keep wrapping it. good instructable though

that sounds like a better idea. but both are equally good.

yeh it works good, and my lil sis is talking in her sleep lol random

Derin (author)2008-06-17

maybe you could make a wheel to wrap duct tapeand a hole on the side as exit then when you need it pull and use the sharp edge to cut

Sheamus (author)2008-06-07

not bad but i still like the instructable on flattening the duct tape better found them both because when i'm bored, i search "duct tape" on here lol

Codester93 (author)2008-02-18

Very nice instrucable. Useful and easy

bruno13069 (author)2007-10-19

My town's video store gave me 2 cards when I signed up. They are both in my wallet, but one's a 'flat pack'!

zsfrack (author)2007-09-11

Great instrutable, you can also add electric tape(if you need) and paint the card so is more "cool"

adidame (author)2007-09-05

Pfft, no one uses film anymore; I use my Nalgene bottle.

mrmath (author)2007-09-02

Your->Something belonging to you You're->You are done Pet Peeve. Have to put it in there.

hay_jumper (author)mrmath2007-09-02


mrmath (author)hay_jumper2007-09-03

I know. It happens so often that you would think it would stop. Maybe I should just stop.

Eddbot (author)2007-09-02

nice idea, that's pretty cool

Ramnosity (author)2007-09-02

Tis really cool

Ward_Nox (author)2007-09-02

my late grandfather would have loved this

oinkoinkzoopals (author)2007-09-02

very creative i think ill try this next time i go camping i always wrapped it around a pen tube and cut it to size

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-09-02

hey, iv been doing this exact same thing for years :-) but just i dont put it in an altoids can lol

tiuk (author)2007-09-02

Very nice. My dad hikes/camps/kayaks a lot, and he usually just winds some tape around an old film canister. This is a bit less bulky though.

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