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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. supa cool

  2. Natsu Dragneel // December 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm // Reply

    This is a cool prject but hard like very, very hard.

  3. the wallet is awesome and this is a fun way to make stuff

  4. Poopyfacettttttt // May 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm // Reply

    Yes it was frustrating but fun it turned out really cool

  5. I gave it to my friend. it was fun to make

  6. grizzlyking // April 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm // Reply

    Pretty good! We made one awhile back and I still have it. We added washi tape to it. Other wise used gray duct tape. 😅😅

  7. Dude I love my new wallet it looks so cool, was cheap to make and all I had to use was stuff laying around the house. But it did take a while. Though it was totally worth it!!!!

  8. Made this wallet for my 5 year old son. It was pretty easy to make and looks pretty cool! Took me about 20 minutes but I’m sure if I did it again I could do it in 10 minutes. Thanks!

  9. what does 10 long mean?

  10. It was so hard to do and i didnt get it i jusf wasted my tape for this junk

  11. These steps are THE WORST!!! Some of the steps don’the correspond to the pictures which makes it VERY CONFUSING!!!!!

  12. So confusing, can’t figure out at all.

  13. Really easy ,used to be a boy scout .I made a duct tape money clip

  14. Thank you so much. It came out awesome.
    But like they said it was hard but so worth it.

  15. I made one of these when I went to Europe and after a few modifications it looks great.

  16. I love boys life // June 24, 2016 at 2:55 am // Reply

    I made one and it is AWSOME I have had it for about 7 years and I use it every day and it still looks totally brand new. I give it a 5.5 stars out of 5

  17. Okay, but hard

  18. Scouter Barb // June 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    If you add thick tin foil between the layers of the duct tape it becomes an RFID wallet. I tested this at work with a card reader.

  19. I am helping 24 4th graders do this project tomorrow…… OMG!!! I hope I don’t grow gray hair while helping them…LOL

  20. I made one for my sister and she loved it! I am very happy with the overall wallet. I did make a few changes,but otherwise I stuck to the original design. I give this five stars!

  21. Hard but soo worth it

  22. I’ll try it once I have time. Looks cool though!

  23. This didn’t work at all terrible.

  24. Boring

  25. The N0SCOPING King // February 27, 2016 at 12:27 am // Reply


  26. You shouldn’t make the wallets so big it should be only like 7 and a half inches long.

  27. Softball girl // November 14, 2015 at 11:25 am // Reply

    That was really helpful tank you!!!

  28. I like this design a lot! I have made some changes, primarily lengthing the wallet so it can have three pockets, which will make it smaller in the long run when you fold it, but other then that this has been great!

  29. it is very awsome

  30. I love this wallet!!!!!!It works!

  31. this is very cool!!!!!

  32. wow that is good and $cheap$

  33. i loved it! very easy and simple.:);)

  34. AwesomePaperWork // August 16, 2015 at 9:47 am // Reply

    this is really fun to make. I added an ID slot using clear packing tape and attaching it using the same steps in step 10

  35. I havent made the wallet yet . but these instruction were the easiest to read and understand thank you

  36. ilovemonxell // July 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm // Reply

    Sorta confusing but awesome

  37. Very confusing, but is prettu cool!!

  38. Trimmer Boy // July 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm // Reply

    I build duck tape wallets with different directions. These are definitely for younger children.

  39. foxtrot 4511 // July 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm // Reply

    i built a camoflauge wallet and it took me three minutes

  40. awsome for me

  41. Anonymous // July 2, 2015 at 6:17 pm // Reply

    Wallet is a little big but it is good

  42. very good

  43. happy camper 77 // June 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm // Reply

    Im a duct tape master and this is a real good shortcut

  44. AMAZING!

  45. Mr.Stufflez // June 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm // Reply

    Great! Worked out well for me. I get paid, like, $5/wallet

  46. it is hard at first due to the stickiness, but gets easier as you go. I made one for the first time and I did it by myself in about 25 minutes at age 12.

  47. Anonymous // June 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm // Reply

    Thanks it worked and I get paid to make them

  48. It tured out 😱 blah

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