I've been using this same duct tape wallet since then, and it only recently started falling apart. While it is fairly easy to repair these wallets just by adding a little more duct tape to them, I decided that it was time for a change, especially in the color department (my old one was bright turquoise and pink - not really my style!). I was talking to Cornelius about this a little, right after we'd gotten done talking about how I thought this blog might end up being more of a crafts blog than anything, and he suggested that I explain how to make these to you guys, as well. I thought it was a great idea, so here it is! If you're interested in making a duct tape wallet of your own, read on!
- 1 roll of duct tape - I used a red Duck brand duct tape, but they come in all sorts of colors!
- a pair of scissors
- 1 piece of notebook paper
- Cut the top margin off the piece of notebook paper, and on a clean, flat surface, begin covering the piece of paper with duct tape.
- Once the paper is completely covered on one side, trim the excess duct tape off the paper, and flip the work over.
- Repeat the first two steps for this side, as well.
- Take a piece of duct tape just longer than the longest side of the wallet, and rip this down the center. Now, rip it again, so you have a long strip 1/4 of the width of the duct tape itself.
- Fold this over the top and bottom sides of the wallet to finish those sides. Cut off any excess.
- Fold the entire wallet in half lengthwise, and take another 1/4 width piece of duct tape to line the bottom of the wallet.
- Before we seal the sides of the wallet, we will want to make pockets. To do this, take a long piece of duct tape, and fold this in half.
- Then, fold the wallet in half width-wise to determine how big the pockets should be. Cut strips from the duct tape you folded in half to make the pockets (6 is usually a good number of pockets)
- Taking 1/4 width pieces of duct tape, line the tops of the pockets as we did for the wallet sides.
- Now, we will attach the pockets to the wallet. Taking 1/4 width pieces of duct tape, again, tape the pockets down by placing a piece of tape along the bottom edge.
- Once the pockets are in place, we can begin sealing it up. Take 2 pieces of 1/4 width duct tape, and seal up the sides, thereby sealing the pockets, as well. Cut off any excess.
- Finally, take a 1/2 width strip of duct tape, and put it right down the center to completely seal the pockets. That's it! You've made a duct tape wallet!
Tip: To get the wallet to hold its shape, stick it under something heavy for a little while. This will set the inner crease more, and help it stay shut!