How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

There are actually quite a few projects you can make from duct tape, today I’ll show you how to make a simple wallet. Duct tape is silver and available at Wal Mart, hardware stores and home supply stores. There’s also something called Duck Tape, which is a brand of tape that comes in a variety of fun colors, available from craft supply stores. We actually used a combination of duct tape and Duck tape for our duct tape wallet. This would make an ideal Father’s Day gift!

What’s really fun about this particular tutorial, is that this wallet was constructed in its entirety by an 11 year old girl. She learned how to make these by following a You Tube video she found. In fact, SHE showed ME how to make it, I just happened to have my camera handy!

This project is now available in the Kindle library or via ebook download (see below).

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletThe two kids pictured here are Dominic, my 11 year old son, and Cailin, our neighbor, and Dominic’s friend since preschool. Cailin has made several wallets, this one is a fairly basic bi-fold with a money pocket and four credit card pockets. She made a tri-fold one for her dad that has six credit card pockets and an ID slot. Way to go Cailin and thanks for your hand in this tutorial. :)

Cailin making a duct tape wallet for my book Duct Tape Mania

UPDATE: This post was first published in April of 2010. Cailin and Dominic are now in high school, and Cailin in still making wallets. In fact, the photo above is Cailin modeling for my book, Duct Tape Mania, which has over 40 duct tape projects! The photo below is a shot of a few of her cool wallets, one of which you’ll see in my book!

duct tape wallet for duct tape mania

Thanks again to Cailin for her help with this post.

How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet(This is a photo intensive tutorial, but the printable version link will give you the text instructions only.)

To download this complete tutorial for use on and offline:

Click here to get it in the Kindle library for $2.99 (Download it and read it on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry with the Kindle app.).

 

Duct Tape Wallet
printable version

You will need

Duct tape of Duck tape, any colors
scissors
gift card or credit card to help measure

What you do 

Cut 4 pieces of tape, about 10″ long, and lay them on the work surface, sticky side up.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletConnect them all together by sticking the top of the second one, to the bottom of the first one, then connect the third to the second and the fourth to the third.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletCut another piece, the same length, and press it sticky side to sticky side, against the bottom strip of tape.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletContinue with 3 more strips until you have a solid sheet made of tape. Use scissors to trim the ends.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletFold the sheet in half to resemble a wallet shape.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletFold it in half the other way to create a bi-fold wallet. If it’s too large for your liking, you can trim more off the ends now. Don’t trim too much, you will need room for credit card slots.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletCut a long strip of tape, about 18 inches long, and place it, sticky side up, on the work surface.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletCut another piece, the same length as the first, and tape it, sticky side down, onto the other piece (sticky to sticky).

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletCut another 18″ length and tear it in half lengthwise. Set aside one half and use the other half to create a smooth top seam on your long strip of tape.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletUse the second half strip to do the other side. Trim the ends.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletUsing a credit card or gift card as a measuring guide, Cut the length of tape into “credit card pockets”, leaving about 1/4″ on each side of the card.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletSet the card aside and use the first one that you cut to use as a guide and cut three more, for a total of four.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletCut a piece of tape a little bit longer than the length of your wallet. Tear the strip in half and create smooth seams on both sides by taping one side, then flipping it over and folding the tape over to the other side.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletWith the tape sheet folded in half like a wallet, place the four credit card pockets in place.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletCut a piece of tape about 4″ long and tear it in half lengthwise. Press the tape up the center, covering the pockets. Fold the end of the tape over only one layer, you don’t want to tape your money pocket shut! Tuck it inside the wallet.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletUse similar sized pieces to cover the outer edges of the pockets, folding over to secure.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletUse scissors to trim the ends.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletPut a strip of tape across the bottom to secure the pockets.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletImportant: You will want to make sure that the back part of the wallet is slightly higher than the front so that when it is folded shut, it will look right.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletMake sure you have taped all your edges. If necessary, use scissors to snip any closed tape at the edges of the paper-money pocket.

How to Make a Duct Tape WalletThat’s it! You just made a wallet completely out of duct tape (or Duck tape, whichever you chose to use)!

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Comments

  1. Dianna says

    I have seen duct tape crafts before, I believe it was someone on David Letterman show. The wallet is a cool idea for kids, mine will love it.

  2. Kim @ seven thirty three says

    This is so funny! I'll have to make one for my uncle… he is the duct tape king!

    Make sure you stop by on Thursday and link up with What are little boys made of?

    Kim

  3. Jen says

    We might just have to make this for my husband. I'm always teasing him telling him how he uses duck tape for everything. I actually made a no sew bag held together by staples and duck tape. You'd never know it!

  4. Amy Bowman says

    Duct tape wallets are so cool, my daughter has made a small fortune making and selling them to friends at school. She has begged me to do a post, so you are motivation to do one! She also makes purses and bookbags, even made a cute vest. She is really into it, and we are going broke on duct tape!!
    Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"
    Could you do me a favor and link yours under crafts? It is on the same link page, just scroll down a bit. The post explains why… Thanks!!

  5. Stephanie Lynn says

    Super cool! Thanks for the amazing tutorial! Always fabulous creativity here! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  6. Liz @ LivingMySweetLife says

    this is so cute! My almost 3 yo loves playing with wallets and I have been wanting to try and make one!

  7. michelle@somedaycrafts says

    That would make such a cute project for kids for their dads for Father's Day! Thanks for linking up!!

  8. Kitty Talk says

    Do you believe I actually have NO duck tape in my house!!! Or I would make one tonight after my kids went to bed. haha

  9. Room to Inspire says

    This is a very creative project! And just think of all the different colors there are now in duct tape. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today!

    Chelsea

  10. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says

    Fun! I made duct tape wallets one year for all the guys in the family for Christmas. My dad still uses his (about 7 years later!)

  11. creativejewishmom.com says

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Craft schooling Sunday, finally a great craft project that even big boys might enjoy!

  12. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    That's just amazing. I guess duct tape really can do anything!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  13. KJ says

    Cute idea!! One of the blogs I follow this week had duct tape bows…I guess you REALLY can use duct tape for everything! haha

  14. Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity says

    Thanks for inspiring me this week on my Tot Tuesdays link up party! I used to do this when I was younger. I hope you’ll stop by again this week.

    I’m hosting Yummy Mummy Week May 9th-16th and I’ve got a great group of ladies sharing their tips on fitness, fashion, parenting and relationships as well as a giveaway everyday. And I’d love for you to share a story and some photos of how your life and body have changed since becoming a mom. The Link up party starts on Mother’s Day and runs the whole week.

    Have a great week and Happy (Early) Mother’s Day!

  15. Lori says

    O.K. I've seen it all now!!!!LOL I'm from the south and we do everything with duct (duck) tape. This is too cool….

    Thanks for joining Get your Craft on Thursday. Please join me again for another great party.

  16. Allison @ House of Hepworths says

    Awesome! My son is going to love this tutorial!!! I'm going to show him and put him to work on his own wallet.

    Thanks for Hookin' your project up at my weekly Link party!!!

  17. Jessica Hills says

    This is WAY COOL! Thanks so much for sharing it with us on Favorite Things Friday! I just posted a giveaway on my blog so be sure to stop by before next Friday to be entered!

  18. Kristi Flanagan says

    Too funny! My son was just asking me how to make one of these! Then you come along! Thank you for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

    Come plant again on Friday!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

  19. Anonymous says

    Thank you so much for this project! I recently just discovered how awesome duct tape is, so I'm making many projects. I couldn't find a site with good instructions for making a duct tape wallet until I came to yours! The directions are easy to follow and the pictures are clear. Thank you very much!

  20. Cynthie says

    I must try this! It looks like so much fun, The instructions were very helpful. I myself am a total craftier always looking for exciting things to do, and sense I'm a kid its perfect! now… Wheres the duck tape..

  21. says

    Omg. I Have Been Making Duct Tape Crafts For Some Time Now, And I Really Enjoy It! Even Though Im Just A Kid :) keep making duct tape crafts!

    Silence Is GOLDEN
    But Duct Tape is SILVER!

  22. says

    :DI have been making duct tape crafts (mostly wallets) and selling them at my skool,:D even though im just a kid! keep on the good work!

    Silence Is GOLDEN
    Duct Tape Is SILVER!

  23. Austin says

    loved doing this… i just made one and its my first time. it looks akward but its still my first time. the directions were very helpful and the pictures with them made it seem like you were right there telling me them. im just 13 and this is really easy. good luck to all those who try

  24. says

    I have done something like this before but woth really cool colors like neon orange and cheetah and stufff it was really cool good job on the wallet Cailin!!

  25. sarah bennett says

    omg this is super easy!!!!! i just made one for my brother and he loves it. something i did was print a pic of the internet and put it on the front with clear tape

    • Amanda Formaro says

      Thanks for stopping by Timmy! The girl in this tutorial does the same thing, her friends buy them from her :)

  26. Hannh says

    This is an amazing tutorial! I made one with some Hello Kitty duct tape I found, and it’s too cute :D I will definitely be making more.

  27. Taylor says

    Om my gosh this is the best website for learning how to make these! You made it so easy and simple with all the pics and details!!! Love it!! Thank you sooo much!!!

  28. daniell says

    wow ive always wanted to learn how to make one i just happened to type in on google saying how do you make a duck taped wallet and your website came up thankyou

  29. Kimberly says

    Hello! I love this project! So far I’ve been making many things out of DUCK tape. Not DUCT tape, I made some sandles.. it’s so fun! Thank you!

    ~ DUCK TAPE…. THAT STICKY STUFF?
    IT’S LIKE CHIPS… YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH!!!

  30. JENNA says

    THIS IS THE BEST WEBSITE IVE BEEN ON YET TO MAKE THESE.I JUST DID THIS AND IT WAS SO SIMPLE AND EASY!IM ONLY 9yo.

  31. Lizzie says

    This is really cool! Keep on going and maybe you’ll be a star…

    Thanks for helping me with this project. I have to do a school project. This will be on my bibliography!

  32. bandgeek says

    this website’s instructions actually made sense. i looked at a ton of websites for instructions and this is the best one. thanks!!

  33. funnyone74 says

    This is so awesome can you make some more tutorals?
    Can you make tutorals, like duck tape bows, pencils maybe, and roses.

  34. Mary says

    I have purple duct tape that I was using for a project in my purple
    office. I think I will try this color and make a wallet for a friend of mine.
    Thanks for the tutorial!(I am in my 70’s.) (Sh-h-h-h-h!) Never too old for a fun project,and I love duct tape! I can fix almost any problem around my house with it..

  35. Duct Tape SuperHero says

    On the step, Cut a piece of tape a little bit longer than the length of your wallet. Tear the strip in half. Which way do I tear, lengthwise or heightwise?

  36. Thalia says

    OMG this is an amaa
    zing websit and all the crafs are so deatail haw do you do it.
    now that i have seen this website im getting all my craft tips from u and u only

  37. Bob says

    I’ve seen skirts made from duct tape too. The key to getting them on and off is velcro. Velcro works great with duct tape. I remember another cool idea where someone mage a jacket out of aluminum can tabs. Youtube has all the good videos on how to make things.

  38. David L. says

    I make these a little different and sell them for 5$. I put aluminium foil inbetween the tape to block RFid scanners; tested and proven to block them. Feel free to use this tip.

  39. LS says

    This craft was so well explained. Just completed our first with my 7yr old daughter in neon pink. She had a fabulous time and i didnt get frustrated with the explanation. Look forward to other projects on your site. Thx! LS

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