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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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59 Comments on How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

  1. Mine went through the wash and I think it helped it stay together.

  2. Very easy directions, and it came out great! I ended up directly putting the tape on the first sheet instead of making two sheets and sticking them together. Much less hassle that way!

  3. It is cool!

  4. Love love love I want it bad

  5. Super easy and SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. wow cool!!!!! love it

  7. This is the best wallet I ever created

  8. so cool

  9. Shay from the bay // October 5, 2013 at 9:54 am // Reply

    Cool and super 0 COOL 0.

  10. mine turned out pretty good 🙂

  11. the cool guy said so // September 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm // Reply

    its awesome

  12. so swag

  13. Worked well for me

  14. it’s cool

  15. I love duct tape wallets

  16. I was able to make two with one roll! Mine is digital camo :3 I have six pockets for cards and two large underneath those for pictures and whatnot.

  17. I’m curious, has anyone used one for an extended period of time? I’ve repaired seats with duct tape before and after a while the force of sitting on it makes the seams slide and adhesive comes out, making a gooey mess. I would think a few weeks of sitting on a duct tape wallet would end the same way.

    Duct tape is like the Force: It has a light side, a dark side, and holds the universe together 🙂


    • emogirlrawr // July 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm // Reply

      ive had mine for like 5 years? im not exactly sure but its been a while i need to remake it because i want to change the ducttape i used and it was sloppily made the first time i did it

  19. We made these in boyscouts before it’s really fun

  20. Duct Tape Dude 12 // July 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm // Reply

    This is by far the best duct tape wallet instructions I have ever seen. step by step instructions make it durable and easy!

  21. wow, this is a really great, practical wallet and easy to make! super durable and small and easy to carry. it really needs a coin pocket, though, which you can make by making a slightly bigger card pocket and creating a flap which goes over it, with a small latch made of duct tape. this wallet doesn’t require much time or effort, and doesn’t use much tape. I strongly recommend this set of instructions!

  22. Easier than any other instructions that i have seen

  23. I make all kinds of duck tapestuff

  24. cool dude

  25. readie215 // May 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    How do you make a duct tape hat?

  26. awesome

  27. i am a eagle scout and recomend this to any scout that is tired of unreliable walets becase the are not durable

  28. Black phantom // May 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm // Reply

    I made one out of some mustache tape. Now I “mustache my cash”. (Or gift cards) Lol.

  29. Made these with my Webelos. Big hit

  30. love it completely durable

  31. Awesome project DUDS!

  32. I tried it with masking tape because I didn’t have any duct tape but it didn’t really work.

  33. thats not too much duck tape. thats not very much at all.

  34. mine is awsome

  35. So asowome

  36. need one for class!!!!!!

  37. Not detailed enough

  38. I made an orange and black one, and it looks EPIC!!

  39. awesome i just made it and it is dependable

  40. Mine is smooth!

  41. we added 2 sided velcro to hold it together

  42. i made mine different

  43. Thats way to much duck tape! Make a bracelet instead

  44. Wow! how simple & smart wallet it is.

  45. It’s awesome! I was able to put my money, 2 Walmart gift cards, power up card (GameStop), Scout Shop gift card, Boy Scout membership card, Cub Scout membership card, Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit, BSA Kayaking card, and 4 pictures

  46. cool.

  47. cool

  48. Stillwater, OK // February 4, 2013 at 9:22 am // Reply

    The duct tape can be very sticky! Takes a group of 13 (Bear Scouts) about 40 minutes to complete this project. It is very fun though!

  49. made my first one of these a couple months ago, pretty cool. i even invented a coin pocket.

    • This is simple. Nice and clear instuctions as well as illustrations. Plus its a lot less bulky then other instructions I’ve found. The only really tricky part is sticking those first sheets together. I suggest 4 hands during this step.

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