Duct tape is good for just about everything, fixing things, making things, or just taping your best friend to a wall to test the tapes durability. In this instructable I'll take you step by step in creating a bi-fold wallet. And on the plus side, you could make about three wallets for the price of a roll of duct tape!
Step 1: Materials
**THE USE OF SHARP TOOLS IS NECESSARY. PROCEED WITH CAUTION AND COMMON SENSE**
Duct Tape (any color)
Self Healing Cutting Mat/ Piece of Cardboard/ Table you don't really care about ruining
I.D. Card/ Credit Card/ Card you don't care about ruining
Step 2: Main Body Parts
1. Lay down a strip of duct tape about 8.5” long for a bi-fold wallet and 9” for a tri-fold.
2. Lay down a second strip of duct tape underneath your first so that you can cut them the same size.
3. Then peel up the lower strip and lay it on the other, overlapping about 1/8th of an inch.
4. Peel both of them up and turn them over.
5. Lay down a new strip of duct tape about 8” long, and repeat. Place one sticky-side to sticky-side on the first double strip so that there is about 1/4th inch spacing on three sides.
6. Lay down another strip of 8” and place it sticky-side to sticky-side leaving about 1/4th inch spacing on both sides, if there is any overhang fold it over.
7. If the spacing all the way around is not even, cut some of the extra off of the edges.
Repeat step one two more times, but on one of them do not leave any adhesive exposed.
Step 3: Main Body Assembly
1. Take one sticky piece, line it up with the non-sticky to make a pocket.
2. Take the other sticky piece, making sure that the opening is on the same side, and put it on the other side of the non-sticky piece.
Trim around the closed edges to get rid of the exposed adhesive.
Step 4: Fold
Fold wallet in the middle, and crease with something hard.
Step 5: Inner Pockets 1
1. Lay down a strip of duct tape the same length of one side of your wallet (similar to step 1) and place two shorter pieces sticky-side to sticky-side to leave about a quarter-inch gap all around three sides.
2. Put the new pocket onto what will be the inside, making sure the opening is pointing to the middle.
3. Repeat for the other side.
Step 6: Inner Pockets 2a
1. Take a credit card or an I.D. card and lay down a strip of tape a little more than twice your card length. Wrap it lengthwise.
2. Leave card in tape and place it about an eighth inch below where your large openings are.
3. Get a card about the same length and lay down a strip of tape 6 card lengths long, then cut that tape down the middle lengthwise.
4. Now cut the tape the length of the card all down the length of the tape.
5. Take the small portions and place them at the top and bottom of what will be your card slot.
6. Repeat four times on one side. For the one on the bottom completely cover exposed adhesive.
Step 7: Inner Pockets 2b
Repeat step five, but only twice. After the second pocket cover all exposed adhesive.
Step 8: I.D. Pocket
1. Use card you don’t care about and wrap with tape sticky side out. Only this time use two strips and wrap width wise, not lengthwise. Do this for the whole length of the card.
2. Center tape wrapped card in the area that is left and cover all adhesive with tape, leaving one side open. If it goes around the side just wrap it. Take tape to bottom of wallet.
3. Now you’ll want to cut out your window out. Make it about 1/4th inch from the edge of the card. The reason why you use a card you don’t care about is because you’ll need to cut while the card is still in there. Then carefully take out the scrap from cutting the window.
Step 9: Optional Step
Take strips of tape as long or as wide as you wallet, quarter the piece and wrap the edges that are supposed to be closed. This is optional, but recommended as it offers extra reinforcements.
And then you’re done! And now you have a custom made wallet.
**Note: When making your card pockets, use a slightly larger card or leave some room when wrapping cards as not all cards are the same size. With mine it’s kind of tough to get my I.D., for example, into the slot with the window. And again, please be careful with whatever cutting tool you decide to use.**
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