Introduction: Quality Duct Tape Wallet

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standard duct tape wallet with 2 pockets for cards. this takes about 30 minutes to make. i like it because you can customize to exactly the size you want.

the main trick to making a nice duct tape wallet that lasts a long time is to clean up the seams and edges - you don't want the edge of a strip of tape at the edge of the wallet, it will fray and the glue will get on your pants. i've pointed out all the places where we add an extra strip of tape to clean up an edge or seam.

oh, the other important thing is to use good quality tape. cheap tape disintegrates and the glue melts and gets all over. this is my third wallet - the first one fell apart after 6 months with crappy tape, the second one lasted over 2 years from good tape.

tape options: you can use good quality duct tape, gaffers tape, or reinforced packing tape. other types may work also.

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Step 1: Make "duct Tape Cloth" and Cut to Size

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Most of the instructions are in the photo-notes. Move your mouse over the yellow squares to read the notes.

You will need to work along with the photos to build it. Click every photo in order and match your work against the photos as you go.

Step 2: Make Large Bill Pocket

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add two strips at the edge, then fold the main section in half

Step 3: Make First Card Pocket

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this pocket will hold lots of cards. follow the photo-notes on each photo.

Step 4: Add Second Pocket

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this pocket will hold a couple cards for fast access

Step 5: Done!

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thoraxe (author)2009-01-31

My wallet. It has reinforced sheet aluminium siding so it will never wear out, the soda can tab chain hole is reinforced, and i have a duct tape holder that fits in one of the 2 card pockets. I may add another, but i ran out of yellow tape :(

frenzy (author)thoraxe2010-06-09

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Thanks for using instructables!

sharlston (author)thoraxe2009-08-04

COOL! :)

unuseal but cool

24nparrondo (author)2016-01-12

so good

24nparrondo (author)2016-01-12


ShaunM11 made it! (author)2015-09-11

Thanks for this! My old wallet gave out on me and I needed a new one in a hurry!

chrisharne (author)2012-01-03

My wallet from these instructions lasted two whole years. It's beat up now - sure - but it far outlasted my expectations. That one was pink; next one is orange...


SparkySolar (author)chrisharne2015-02-03

Mine is fire orange

SparkySolar (author)chrisharne2015-02-03

Mine is fire orange

SparkySolar (author)chrisharne2015-02-03

Mine is fire orange

SparkySolar (author)2015-02-03

I love my new wallet

SparkySolar (author)2015-02-02

thank you for this awesome instructable

SparkySolar (author)2015-02-02

My first attempt i will shield my CCpockets with doubly folded aluminum tape.
Then decorate with wild coored Duct tape later

BradleyB2 (author)2015-01-25

I'm sorry but these instructions ARE pretty terrible, please add more actual text, I understand the hover over box thing, but it still doesnt all make sense

ShajiS (author)2014-12-09

looking so pretty...want to make mine own... :) ...also pls teach how to make mobile covers or bags using duct tape... thanks...

abetts made it! (author)2014-11-19

We also made one. Very happy!

abetts made it! (author)2014-11-19

we made one too, thanks!

DurtyDuncan (author)2014-08-22

I made it, but not as pretty. :D

coolsista9 (author)2014-03-21


listentome (author)2014-03-03

was gonna make one in black with the pockets difrent colors but didnt have only black tape :(

crazylam15 (author)2013-11-28

i cant wait to have one like this

OjoeMDC (author)2013-09-12

ive made a wallet but not this good! wow

cris19375 (author)2013-01-20

i made one like it with one big pockets

4lifenerdfighter (author)2012-07-05

You should add a step putting aluminum foil in the walls of the wallet, to block RFID.

jackfaciale (author)2012-06-03

doesnt the glue of the duct tape melt everywhere once it is warmed by your pocket ?

BLUEBLOBS2 (author)2012-05-16

Here's mine.

kaylaucod (author)2012-02-14

wow you are truly amazing i have a duct tape business and i sell just duct tape wallets! but i have an idea but of course i give will give you a load of credit

samthor (author)2011-12-12

Here's mine based off your instructions.
Once you the hang of how to make pockets in duct tape you can make any style of wallet you want.

jthateous (author)2011-11-26

Made mine all camo and longer than normal, then made this for my friend. I put money on one side then cards on the other in this type.

JunorDuck (author)2011-08-21

Hello everyone. If you would like to check out some wallets, I have a website. I am currently listing Bi-folds and Towers in many different colors and prints. If you would like to check it out, it is: I am also on Facebook. I just got some orders for check book holders and I will soon be unveiling on of my own designs.

4n6ducktape (author)JunorDuck2011-11-03

Those are cool! I like the tape you used, where did you get it?

Danielslosername106 (author)2011-08-29

you can do anything with duct tape :)

napalm2 (author)2011-08-09

made 2 today-- just want to say great instructable. great idea, and mine came out great

cburton2 (author)2011-07-28

My wallet :D I've got one card pocket on the left and I made myself a money pocket on the right. Used little bits of Velcro to keep the lid down :L Doesn't look the nicest with the Velcro but it is useful!

evilmadcow (author)2011-07-11

for all you magicians out there: you CAN make a fire wallet from this. I don't know
if I have anything that can be applied to duct tape to make it non flammable, so I won't be making an instructable on that anytime soon.

evilmadcow (author)evilmadcow2011-07-22

out of all of my brainpower at that moment, I was stupid enough to forget about a chef's best friend: tinfoil. it's almost physicality impossible to burn.

chipscolaman (author)2011-07-20

Here is my Wallet.
It has a very Individual look and is a great starter for conversations.
Ive been using this for several months now, and its still holding, and will probably for the future.

Also, it holds all my cards and my public transport pass JUST the way I want it.

great 'ible, thank you :D

deej827 (author)2010-07-06

MAKE FRIGGEN DIRECTIONS!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOOOOOT CLEAR! I CANT UNDERSTAND A WORD OF IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

evilmadcow (author)deej8272011-07-11

1. there IS directions. 2. they make perfect sense

sammyhond1 (author)deej8272011-06-06

erm grow up ? its so easy mate -.-

Really? I found this quite easy.

I do to think that it was easy. Deej827 I think should learn how to hover his mouse over a picture before going after a fine instructable. Also, he needs to learn proper punctuation and spelling, and needs to stop shouting.

wazzasay (author)deej8272010-10-05

i agree!!!!

kibbler (author)2010-12-29

heres mine
a little odd- i have made a billion
but it works well
i have the plan B logo on the front :D

NOODLE! (author)kibbler2011-06-27

thats fun!

iricketts (author)kibbler2011-06-13

i like the model but the cash slot isnt traditional

dan (author)kibbler2011-01-01

is the window to see the bill just for fun? and the plan-b logo? or is there a special pocked for storing plan-b in? wouldnt it make more sense to have a prophylactic pocket instead?

kibbler (author)dan2011-01-02

i didnt explain very well, sorry. the window is for money, the lower half has three credit card pockets. the plan b logo is just there-
that may be a good idea, but under the window is another pocket in case the money doesnt fold. does it make sense to you now?

JavaNut13 (author)2011-06-22

Have been using my wallet of this design for over a year. Managed to make a coin holder without any velcro etc! amazing stuff, wicked design!

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