How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet With Pockets

    by David Medairos

    About the Author

    David Medairos is a freelance writer and musician. With more than 10 years of experience in various fields, he has amassed a general knowledge of most technical and mechanical subjects, computer science and audio engineering, as well as R&D, customer service and marketing. He has written for "Connections Magazine," and is a frequent blogger on several consumer tech sites.


    Creating artwork, furniture, and even articles of clothing out of duct tape has become a counter-culture phenomenon. Duct tape, designed to be used in sealing heating and air conditioning ducts, has proven to be one of the most versatile and useful types of adhesive tape for thousands of applications. Making a wallet using only duct tape is a project that will result in a fully functional accessory -- and a likely conversation piece, too.

    Things You'll Need

    • 6-inch-wide duct tape
    • Ruler or tape measure
    • Scissors

    Measure and rip off a piece of duct tape roughly 8 1/2 inches in length. Lay this strip horizontally, with the sticky side up, on your work surface.

    Rip a second piece of tape equal to the first and place it sticky side down so that it covers half of the first strip. Fold the remaining sticky surface of the bottom strip over the second.

    Turn the two joined strips over so that the remaining sticky side of the second strip of tape faces toward you. Place a third 8 1/2-inch strip of tape sticky side down on the second strip so that it covers the second strip's adhesive (in the same fashion as the first two strips were joined.)

    Continue flipping the joined strips of tape over, adding one strip of tape at a time. Stop when you have added enough tape to create a sheet that measures 8 1/2 inches long by 6 inches wide. Fold over the last strip so that the sheet has no adhesive exposed.

    Fold the sheet in half lengthwise and tape the two short ends closed to create a flat pocket 8 1/2 inches in length and 3 inches in width. This creates the main compartment of your wallet.

    Construct the ID and credit card pockets. Assemble another sheet of tape in the same way as the main pocket, this time with measurements of 4 by 3 inches. Fold 1-inch of the width upward on itself and tape the sides together. This creates a small pocket that will allow the top of your credit or business cards to show so you can identify them easily.

    Create as many additional pockets as you like. When you are finished, tape the pockets together, and tape the joined pockets to either side of your main compartment. Fold the entire assembly in half lengthwise to complete your wallet.


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