Introduction: Quality Duct Tape Wallet

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

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

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

Step 3: Make First Card Pocket

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

Step 4: Add Second Pocket

this pocket will hold a couple cards for fast access

Step 5: Done!

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thoraxe made it! (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 :(

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frenzy made it! (author)frenzy2010-06-09

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sharlston made it! (author)sharlston2009-08-04

COOL! :)

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Elephants Are Fat made it! (author)Elephants Are Fat2009-04-14

unuseal but cool

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24nparrondo made it! (author)2016-01-12

so good

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24nparrondo made it! (author)2016-01-12

WOW

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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!

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chrisharne made it! (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...

Thanks!

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SparkySolar made it! (author)SparkySolar2015-02-03

Mine is fire orange

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SparkySolar made it! (author)SparkySolar2015-02-03

Mine is fire orange

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SparkySolar made it! (author)SparkySolar2015-02-03

Mine is fire orange

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SparkySolar made it! (author)2015-02-03

I love my new wallet

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SparkySolar made it! (author)2015-02-02

thank you for this awesome instructable

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SparkySolar made it! (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

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BradleyB2 made it! (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

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ShajiS made it! (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...

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

We also made one. Very happy!

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

we made one too, thanks!

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DurtyDuncan made it! (author)2014-08-22

I made it, but not as pretty. :D

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coolsista9 made it! (author)2014-03-21

Wow.

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listentome made it! (author)2014-03-03

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

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crazylam15 made it! (author)2013-11-28

i cant wait to have one like this

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OjoeMDC made it! (author)2013-09-12

ive made a wallet but not this good! wow

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cris19375 made it! (author)2013-01-20

i made one like it with one big pockets

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4lifenerdfighter made it! (author)2012-07-05

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

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jackfaciale made it! (author)2012-06-03

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

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BLUEBLOBS2 made it! (author)2012-05-16

Here's mine.
-BLUEBLOBS2

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kaylaucod made it! (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

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samthor made it! (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.

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jthateous made it! (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.

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JunorDuck made it! (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: junorduck.etsy.com. 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.

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4n6ducktape made it! (author)4n6ducktape2011-11-03

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

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Danielslosername106 made it! (author)2011-08-29

you can do anything with duct tape :)

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napalm2 made it! (author)2011-08-09

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

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cburton2 made it! (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!

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evilmadcow made it! (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.

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evilmadcow made it! (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.

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chipscolaman made it! (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

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deej827 made it! (author)2010-07-06

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

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evilmadcow made it! (author)evilmadcow2011-07-11

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

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sammyhond1 made it! (author)sammyhond12011-06-06

erm grow up ? its so easy mate -.-

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specterindustries made it! (author)specterindustries2010-10-21

Really? I found this quite easy.

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Garlikguy made it! (author)Garlikguy2010-11-27

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.

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wazzasay made it! (author)wazzasay2010-10-05

i agree!!!!

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kibbler made it! (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

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NOODLE! made it! (author)NOODLE!2011-06-27

thats fun!

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iricketts made it! (author)iricketts2011-06-13

i like the model but the cash slot isnt traditional

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dan made it! (author)dan2011-01-01

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?

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kibbler made it! (author)kibbler2011-01-02

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?

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JavaNut13 made it! (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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