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Duct Tape Wallet

Rebecca Lanham

This very simple version of an old duct tape favorite is functional and sturdy enough for everyday use.

Items Needed:

  • duct tape (various colors)
  • scissors


  1. Take 4 strips of duct tape 7 inches long. Lay them on a flat surface, sticky side up, attaching each one to the next by overlapping a very thin strip length ways.
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  3. Take 4 additional strips of duct tape 7 inches long. Lay them sticky side to sticky side on the other duct tape sheet. Now, you have "duct tape fabric".
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  5. Trim off any excess sticky tape around the edges.
  6. Fold your "duct tape fabric" in half length ways. You should end up with a long rectangle.
  7. Use a piece of duct tape to close one of the sides of the rectangle. Trim off any extra duct tape around the edges.
  8. Fold the wallet in half and, keeping it folded, use a piece of duct tape to close the remaining open side of the wallet. (Keeping it folded will help you to avoid the duct tape bulging.)
  9. Personalize your wallet with duct tape designs. I added a pocket to my wallet for receipts or possibly a credit card. Just use two strips of duct tape that are the same length as one side of the wallet. Make those two pieces into "duct tape fabric". Attach to the wallet with the same or a complimentary color of duct tape.

Fairly easy craft that could be done with upper elementary aged children.

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June 30, 20060 found this helpful

This looks like fun.

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July 7, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks Becca! Great craft idea!

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August 8, 20060 found this helpful

great job! they look like they were made very cleanly. i like the design too.

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March 31, 20070 found this helpful

That is a nice wallet. I recently made a similar duct tape wallet to hold my gift cards and other plastic cards. I cut a big piece of scrapbook paper long enough to fold into thirds, wide enough for cards. Than I trimmed all the edges with matching duct tape, folded up the bottom 2 folds, and sealed with more duct tape. Punch 2 holes in the flaps, and tie it closed with a piece of raffia. Works great, and is really sturdy.

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November 9, 20070 found this helpful

Duct Tape Tote
Host Jenifer Nakatsu Arntson is stuck on this clever duct tape tote complete with a shelf pocket, zipper pocket and liner. It's a bag that can survive anything!


2 large rolls of silver and brown duct tape
1 large roll or tan duct tape (or approximately 3 smaller rolls)
4" x 12" x 12" cardboard box
Duct Tape Tote
This project will take approximately five hours to complete.
Use a cardboard box to start as a form to build the bag off of. Tape the box closed. Using silver duct tape, create a base for your tote by applying tape over itself (sticky side to sticky side) along the widthwise side of the box. Then build a layer of tape around the box attached to the bottom sheet of tape. You are creating the foundation for the bottom of your tote bag (figure A).
With the box laying on its side take your tan tape, tack the end under the base (so that the sticky side is facing you), stretch to the top of the box, cut the tape and pin to keep secure.


With a new strip of tan tape tack it over the base in the same position as the other (sticky side facing down), stretch to the top of the box over the previous tape and re-pin to secure.
Note: You should now have a layered strip of tape attached to your silver bag foundation.
Repeat Step 2 and 3 until you have six rows of tape on long widthwise sides of the box (figure B).
With the same technique apply a tan strip of tape up the center of the short sides of the box to the top and secure with pins to create the sides of the tote.
Stand the box upright so that the base is down on the work surface.
Using your brown duct tape make eight 17" layered strips of tape to weave in between the vertical tan rows. The easiest way to layer the tape is by cutting a strip larger than 17" and lay the sticky side up on the table. Cut another piece larger than 17" and put the sticky side facing down and overlap the two pieces, and then cut down to 17".

Note: This may take a little practice to master a smooth overlapping of the tape but you will get the hang of it.
Weave the brown strips of tape over and under the tan tape (figure C) alternating every other one to create a woven side while tacking the brown strips onto the single tan short side with a small piece of tape.
It will take four strips of brown tape per side to create the front and the back of the bag (figure D).
Note: You can also reinforce the brown woven strips to the side by stapling the ends to the side tan strip.
Once the bag is woven cut the strips of tape along the top an equal distance around to create the top edge of the tote.
Before you slide the box out using brown tape, apply a horizontal strip of tape around the top tucking under the tan strips to tape and fold over to create a clean lip around the tote (figure E).
Remove the box.
To finish the sides of the tote, apply strips of silver tape vertically down the insides of the tote, and brown tape vertically along the outside of the tote.
Reinforce the inside of the bag where you will be placing the strap by applying a silver strip of tape vertically down the woven rows where you will be placing the strap (figure F).
Repeat Step 13 on the other side where you will be placing the strap.
Make two layered straps out of brown tape 1" x 40" by using the same technique as the previous tape strips.
Note: The handle can be shorter for a handbag.
With silver tape lay in straps along the reinforced silver piece of tape along the inside of the tote.
Line the entire inside of the bag with silver duct tape. You can also cover the silver tape on the bottom of the tape with brown tape.
Tip: You can use a different sized box, since duct tape is 2" wide, use a box with dimensions that are multiples of 2".
I found this on DIY network
cool huh ??

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July 15, 20080 found this helpful

Does anyone know where to get printed duct tape. I was at a craft fair where a gal was making duct tape wallets and had hundreds of duct tape colors and designs.

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