How To: Make a Duct Tape wallet
By Michelle Cordonnier
November 6, 2012
A well-known fact about college students is most of them are broke. There is very little money for extras like crafts, and accessories. Want a fun, budget-friendly, afternoon- activity in which you will make something?
The fun does not end when the activity is over; you will actually have a fun accessory that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. Remember Christmas is just around the corner, and gift giving can be expensive. My daughter and I recently discovered a cheap and fun way to make wallets out of Duct Tape.
In my household, Duct Tape is a multi-purpose cure all for many minor repairs. It is sold at all hardware stores and stores, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Duct Tape is relatively very low cost, and comes in a large variety of colors, such as hot pink, lime green, orange, red, black, blue, white and silver.
Start the project by going to your local Wal-Mart or hardware store and selecting a variety of colors. Wallets can be made using just one color, or multi colors. Wallets can be made with or without pockets. It is up to you.
All you will need is a roll or two of your favorite colors of Duct Tape at approximately $3 each, a pair of craft scissors (any scissor will work) and a clean smooth working surface.
Step 1: Measure and rip off a piece of Duct Tape roughly 8.5 inches in length. Lay this strip horizontally with the sticky side up on your work surface.
*Note: If you are making several wallets, it may be easier to cut several strips at one time.
Step 2: Rip a second piece of tape equal to the first and place it sticky side down so that it covers half of the first strip and fold the remaining sticky surface of the top strip over the second.
Step 3: Turn the two joined strips over so that the remaining sticky side of the second strip of tape faces toward you. Place a third 8.5-inch strip of tape sticky side down on the second strip so that it covers the second strip’s adhesive (in the same fashion as the first two strips were joined). Smooth all wrinkles from the tape strips with your fingers.
Step 4: Continue flipping the joined strips of tape over, adding one strip of tape at a time. Stop when you have added enough tape to create a sheet that measures 8.5 inches on one side and seven inches on the other. Fold over the last strip so that the sheet has no adhesive exposed. Cover all raw edges with additional strips of tape.
Step 5: Fold the sheet in half lengthwise and tape the two short ends closed to create a flat pocket 8.5 inches in length and 3.5 inches in width. This creates the main compartment of your wallet.
Step 6: Construct the ID and card pockets. Assemble another sheet of tape in the same way as the main pocket, this time with measurements of four inches by 3.5 inches. Fold 1.5 inches of the shorter side over itself and tape the sides together. This creates a small pocket that will allow the top of your credit or business cards to show so you can identify them easily.
Step 7: Create as many additional pockets as you like. When you are finished, tape the pockets together, and tape the joined pockets to either side of your main compartment. Fold the entire assembly in half lengthwise to complete your wallet.
Step 8: To keep the wallets folds straight and for a better-looking wallet, lay wallet under a book or a solid weighted object for about 12 hours.