Make a Duct Tape Wallet in 5 Steps: Tutorial

Three duct tape wallets

Three duct tape wallets

In this tutorial, I am going to try and explain how to make a duct tape wallet.  The wallet that we are making can fit 10 cards and has a money pouch. Alternatively, you can buy a wallet that I made by going here and visiting my gallery.

If you don’t fall in love with any of those, you can also choose your colors and I will be happy to customize one for you. To get a customized wallet, click the below button to make a purchase, and it will ask if you want to add a description. There, you can state your main color and secondary color, or you can list what color stripes you’d like.  If you’ve any questions, feel free to contact me. Again, see the gallery link listed above to see what I’ve already got. All of the wallets shown in this tutorial are for sale there, along with many more.

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I used thumbnails throughout this post to try and keep the tutorial from being 5 miles long. If you click on an image, it will make it larger and easier to see. The instructions may sound a little complex, but it is really quite easy. So if you have any questions, or if anything is unclear please ask. I will do my best to clarify.

Inside of wallet

Inside of walletThe instructions may sound a little complex, but it is really quite easy. So if you have any questions, or if anything is unclear please ask. I will do my best to clarify.

Materials :

  • piece of loose leaf paper
  • two colors of duct tape (primary color “A,” secondary color “B” )
  • straight edge razor
  • ruler
  • surface to cut on (I just use an old piece of plywood).

Step 1: Make the base

In order to make a base for the wallet, I use a piece of loose leaf paper. Just your standard 10.5X8 inch paper will do perfectly (its the paper you find in any old notebook). Ultimately, this base will be used to construct the rest of the wallet, and it is rather easy to make.

  • covering the base

    covering the base

    Lay the paper on a flat surface and completely cover one side in A.

  • Once you have completely covered the first side of the paper, flip it over and trim the tape to the edge of the paper using the razor.
  • Cover the second side of the paper with A (at this point, you should have a “sheet” of tape, completely covered on both
    Finishing the trim on the base

    Finishing the trim on the base

    sides).

  • Flip the paper over and trim the tape to the edge of the paper.
  • Using B, go around the edges of the base to make a nice trim (see the attached image). Try to make sure that the edges are even…obviously.
  • Fold the base into three sections. The two larger sections should be about
    Folding the flaps

    Folding the flaps

    4″ long.

Step 2: Make the Money Flap

In this step, you are using the same principles to make the money flap that you used to make the base. Again, it’s really easy.

  • covering the second side of the money flap

    covering the second side of the money flap

    Using A, make a small sheet of tape that is approximately 8 inches long and 3.5 inches wide.

  • Flip the sheet over and cover the sticky side in A (at this point, you should have one large sheet of tape and one small sheet of tape).

Step 3: Attach the Money Flap

This is the part that looks complex, but is really easy. Hopefully the images clearly illustrate exactly what you are supposed to do. I used grey tape to make it easier to see what you should be cutting out and how you should be attaching it.

cutting the 3inch piece to make triangles

cutting  to make triangles

  • Measure out 3 inches of A. Cut it.
  • Flip the 3 inch piece of tape over and cover it in A (you don’t need to make the tape any wider, the average width of the duct tape is just perfect)
  • You should now have a rectangle that is 3 inches long. Cut across the rectangle that you just made to make 2 triangles. Just make a diagonal cut across the piece; don’t worry if it is not perfectly diagonal.
  • attaching the triangle

    attaching the triangle

    Fold the triangle in half so there is a seam.

  • Using B, attach the triangle to the base (place a piece of tape along the outside edge of the base and tape the edge of the triangle to this).
  • Using B, attach the other side of the triangle to the sheet of tape you made for  the money pouch. Do the same for the opposite side (at this point, the money pouch should be fully
    Money pouch completely attached

    Money pouch completely attached

    attached at the sides, as shown in the image).

Step 4: Make the Card Holders

This step the really easy. The images will show you exactly what you need to do. I have seen people use a few different methods to make card holders; however, this is my favorite as it keeps the holders flexible and I have never had an issue with a card getting stuck .

  • Ready to go on the base

    Ready to go on the base

    Take two credit cards and wrap duct tape around them sticky side out (it does not matter what color you use…it’s inside out).

  • Slide the cards up a little so that the tops are showing (see the image). Cut small slits in the sides and fold the tape down, sticking it to the other part of the tape. This will make it easier to get the cards in and out.

    need to slit sides then cover in tape

    need to slit sides then cover in tape

  • Stick the tape to the middle flap on the base.
  • Cover the tape in A.
  • Use B to make little tabs, this will make it easier to differentiate between the card holders.
  • Repeat these steps to make two card holders that will be attached to the money pouch. When making
    starting to cover the holders

    starting to cover the holders

    these, you will need to wrap the tape around the longer portion of the card (see finished product for examples).

Step 5: Cleaning Up

At this point, you are pretty much done. You just need to go around the add tape wherever it is needed (along edges that didn’t get fully covered, on any areas that look weak or unstable etc).

The last and most important step is to take a photo of your completed project and leave it so I can see it. I am always looking new color combos, or for ways to improve my projects. So show me how you changed things up, and let me know how it works out.

another finished project

Another finished project

All done.

Finished craft.

EDIT: I’d like to thank Parent’s Room for sharing this tutorial on their page. If you love crafts and are on facebook, take a look at their page; they post a lot of great content and ideas.

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8 thoughts on “Make a Duct Tape Wallet in 5 Steps: Tutorial

  1. This is pretty cool! I’m amazed with how you’ve joined the money flap to the pouch. Looks so simple to do! My favorite design is the black and pink patterned one 🙂

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