How to Make a Wallet Out of Duct Tape

How to Make a Wallet Out of Duct Tape

How to Make a Wallet Out of Duct Tape

Making a wallet out of duct tape is an easy, fun craft that allows you to customize your wallet however you’d like. With just a few supplies, I’ll show you how to make a duct tape wallet step-by-step.

Supplies Needed

  • Duct tape in various colors and patterns
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife (optional)

Duct tape comes in a wide variety of colors, prints, and patterns these days, so pick out whatever catches your eye. I like to use a combination of solids, patterns, and even multi-colored designs to make my wallet unique. Gather your other basic craft supplies like scissors, a ruler, and pencil. A craft knife can help get clean edges but is optional.

Making the Base

The first step is to make the base of the wallet. This forms the bottom and sides of the wallet.

  • Take a piece of duct tape that is approximately 8-10 inches long. Make sure it’s trimmed neatly on both ends.

  • Fold the tape in half lengthwise with the sticky sides facing in. Press firmly so it sticks together. This will create a double-layered strip.

  • Now fold the strip in half widthwise. Again make sure the sticky sides are facing in. You’ll have a 4-layered rectangle. Press down firmly.

  • Use scissors to tidy up the edges, making sure the rectangle is neat and even. This is the base of the wallet.

Creating Card Slots

Now it’s time to make the card slots that will hold your credit cards, ID, etc.

  • Take another piece of duct tape approximately 3 inches long. Fold it in half lengthwise with sticky sides together, just like you did for the base.

  • Place this folded duct tape strip along the bottom edge of the base, leaving about 1/2 inch of the base showing. Press it down firmly.

  • Place another 3 inch strip next to the first one, also leaving 1/2 inch of the base. Keep adding strips until you’ve filled the base.

  • Use a craft knife or scissors to trim off any overhanging strips, creating clean edges.

  • If the slots seem too tight, put a credit card in each one to stretch them out a bit.

Making the Pockets

Let’s make the inner pockets that will hold cash, receipts, etc.

  • Cut two pieces of duct tape – one about 3 x 3 inches, and one about 4 x 4 inches. These will be the pocket layers.

  • Stick the smaller piece to the bottom half of the base. Make sure not to cover up the card slots.

  • Place the larger piece directly on top, lining up the edges. Press the layers together firmly.

  • Trim off any excess around the edges with a craft knife for a tidy look.

Finishing Touches

Almost done! Just a few finishing touches.

  • Place a strip of duct tape vertically over the card slots. This helps reinforce them so they don’t stretch out.

  • Decorate the outside of your wallet however you’d like! Get creative with patterns, colors, stripes, checks, or even duct tape art.

  • Consider laminating the whole wallet with a clear layer of tape. This gives it a polished look and helps hold everything together.

  • Trim any last rough edges and you’re done! Enjoy your handmade duct tape wallet.

Tips

  • Change up the measurements depending on how big you want your wallet.

  • Add more card slots or pockets if needed.

  • Use fabric-patterned duct tape for a cloth-like look.

  • Duct tape comes in glow in the dark colors for a fun effect.

  • Repair tears with small pieces of tape.

With a simple craft like this, you can make a unique duct tape wallet to show off your personality. Follow the step-by-step instructions to create your own today. What color and patterns will you use?