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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

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

this pocket will hold a couple cards for fast access
You should add a step putting aluminum foil in the walls of the wallet, to block RFID.
chrisharne2 years ago
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!
samthor2 years ago
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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evilmadcow2 years ago
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.
Bommelding3 years ago
I just made one, it took me an hour but that could be because i'm only 15 years old and i have no experience at all with taping things :P
Good instructable :D
same
this is great! but i must have done somnething stupid...my first card pocket makes my cards stick to it when i put them in...just the very end of the card sticks
you left an open, uncovered part of the pocket, a sticky side, way down at the bottom

-ethoo
ethoo3 years ago
It is a good wallet. I suggest though you work on keeping everything smooth and neat. I guess I could consider myself experienced considering I'm merely 13 and have the neatness part down. If you aren't already, try using an exacto knife, a ruler, and a more efficient process.

best of luck...

-ethoo
Smasher5553 years ago
I'm going to buy some digital ACU camo duct tape at Walmart. (Hopefully)... And I'll let you all know how it turns out.
Nardo093 years ago
very nice work, this was the very first instructable i hav completed :D good instructions, but i think it would be better with clearer text. overall nice work
thisismin33 years ago
i made mine out of gorilla tape, very good ible, 13 and very experienced at duct tape wallet (have 7) and overall, good instructions, vague at times, but seems like it will last long, thank you
lost_sanity3 years ago
yay! i just made one but i ran outta duct tape half way throught :S

i haz clear pockets!
spazz_lmnop4 years ago
Sweet!
I used Gaff tape and its amazing
duckman6334 years ago
thank you so much i made it and it is great!!! thank you
macs_rock4 years ago
 For a first time duct-taper, my wallet turned out great. I skipped the second card pocket, because I really don't carry many cards with me. Thanks for the directions!
think ill stick with a paper wallet
JasonMyers4 years ago
I think I'll make mine with a few colors, or make a blue wallet and throw some multi colored stripes on it.
FiremanDave4 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to create this instructable. I can think of a couple minor improvements that I'll post next time. My fingers hurt from all the duct tape pulling. heh.
haha i made mine a lil diferent with clear duck tape and put comics inside and it turnes out great lol im just good with duck tape .
benboy4444 years ago
thanks heappps. i didn't have any duck tape at home, so i just used some wide, cheap masking tape. i really hope my wallet lasts, coz i spent like an hour on it.
michi1231234 years ago
it took my like 1:10 mins to finish and i screwed up on the second pocket
keithsachs5 years ago
mine came out reallllyyyy bad.
keithsachs: Let me see it then. Mine came out so that I had to cut the top off!
river1404 years ago
Hi! Well, it took me longer than half an hour to put together, but it is beautiful! I've made a few other duck tape wallets but they always end up getting sticky and falling apart. This one seems like it'll last. Thanks!
ducttapesam7 years ago
Theres a better way to do it.
If your talking 'bout how to present it, video. If your talking about how to make the wallet, I've got no idea.
pixiefix5 years ago
I like the color of your duct tape.
Supergirl15 years ago
this is awesome! any one can do it!!!!!!!
james15835 years ago
thanks for this dan i made a realy cool duck tape wallet

regards
james1583
jessevc5 years ago
there is one part i had trouble with the 1 small square inside the big square that you can't read
dan (author)  jessevc5 years ago
sorry i fixed that part
symesy5 years ago
All you people who are saying there is a better way, then show us, don't just say it. I think this was a good Instructable, but could have been explained better. I still had no idea how to make one though. Stop saying and start doing it!
umm... yeah cool i supose but not the best and your suppossed to type whate to do
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