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How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

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Duct tape comes in 2-inch-wide rolls and is available in many colors. Here’s how to use some to make this handy duct-tape wallet that will last for years.


  • Duct tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or utility knife


Step 1: Cut four strips of duct tape, each 9″ long. With the adhesive side up, stick the duct-tape strips to one another in a row, with a 14” overlap.

Step 2: Make a second sheet. Carefully stick the adhesive sides of the two duct-tape sheets together, lining up the edges.

Step 3: Cut another 9″ strip of duct tape. Use a utility knife or scissors to make a small cut in the center of one end of the duct tape. Tear the strip into two straight 1″ strips.

Step 4: Fold and adhere the 1″ duct-tape strips to the 9″ ends of the sheet. This will make a smooth, clean finished edge.

Step 5: Using the scissors or utility knife, trim the sides of the sheet, making it 8 1/2″ wide.

Step 6: Fold the sheet in half.

Step 7: Tear two 1″ x 4″ duct-tape strips and attach one to each end. Fold them over the sides of the wallet, and trim the excess.

Step 8: To make a smaller pocket for cards, cut two strips of tape each 5″ long and stick the two pieces (adhesive sides) together.

Step 9: Fold and adhere a 1″ strip onto the 5″ edge. Trim the pocket to 4″ long.

Step 10: Using 1⁄2″ strips of duct tape, stick the pocket in place as shown above. Trim the strips flush.

Your duct-tape wallet is complete!


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18 Comments on How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

  1. Never mind. I see someone already worked out the aluminum foil to make it RFID-resistant. I figured that would work.

  2. Any ideas about how to make it RFID-resistant? I was thinking perhaps multiple layers of aluminum foil in a layer of duct tape.

  3. I will love to do this but I want more pockets on it.

  4. it lasted 5 years

  5. Haven’t made one yet but looks simple and cool. 🙂

  6. SERPANT101 // March 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    I remember doing this during cub scout camp

  7. cool

  8. I made one just yesterday I put a design on the two fronts (it is a three fold wallet) I printed out pictures and cut holes in them at strategic points on top of duct tape


  10. pleasebecareful // September 7, 2018 at 9:05 am // Reply

    this does not work if the tape is not sticky watch out for any nonstick tape

  11. Shelshel345 // June 4, 2018 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    Can you please make a video to do it I tried and it is to confusing 🤔

  12. Cool.

    • This inspired me to make a wallet purse dresses and skirts out of my favorite colors of duck tape Hot pink duck tape and purple duck tape

  13. Amir's mom // March 23, 2018 at 4:12 pm // Reply

    Is there anything we can do to make sure the wallet stays closed while lying flat?

  14. That was radical!

    • TheEpicEbin // March 16, 2020 at 9:49 pm // Reply

      try getting a really heavy textbook or other object, and leave it under that overnight while closed, and it will flatten out

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