Friday, May 11, 2012

DIY Duct Tape Wallet


Cute, right?

Who knew duct tape was so freaking adorable?!

My house has become a duct tape wallet/card case/purse/backpack/fashion accessory factory.
My big kid can make something in five minutes flat.
Seriously, I'm gonna have to get a second mortgage to pay for all this duct tape.

So, you want to make one of these wallets?
It's easy peasy.

First, you'll need to cut several strips of duct tape.
For this little wallet, I used 5 strips of duct tape, each about 9" long.
Layer each strip on top of the other, about halfway up.
I find that it's easiest to do this sticky-side up.

Then, cut another 5 strips of duct tape, 
and layer those on top (sticky sides together) of the first set of strips.

You will end up with a rectangular sheet of duct table "fabric."
It will look something like this . . .


. . . except this one is a nine strip sheet, originally intended for another project.
Yours will be about half this tall, or you can make a big sheet like this one and cut in half to make two wallets.  That's what I did.


***This is the hardest part.  I'm not going to lie, it's kind of a pain. Especially for little kids who want to help.  But just remember it's all downhill after the cutting and layering. 
I promise. ***

Trim up the sides, cutting straight up to eliminate any sticky pieces hanging off the edges. 

Now for the wallet-making.
The easy part.

Fold up one side, about 3 1/2".
It doesn't have to be exact.
Just eyeball it so you have a small piece sticking out on the other side, which will be your flap in a moment.



Cut two strips of duct tape, about 3 1/2".
They should be the same size as the piece you just folded over.
Place half of the tape on one side of the wallet, and fold it over to close up the side.


Do the same on the other side.


Now you just need to fold over your top flap and secure it.
There are other ways to do this, but I like the easy way.


I use a tiny piece of rolled up duct tape, sticky side out.
It doesn't last forever, but it's very easy to replace as needed.


There you have it.
A simple, duct tape wallet.

Now, go make one.
Or anything else.
Think of it as fabric.

Fold.
Tape.
Repeat.

3 comments:

  1. You could also use a little velcro dot to secure it. You can get clear ones at craft stores or Amazon.

    Very cute! Where do you get the duct tape?

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    1. We found it at Walmart, although they didn't have that pattern anymore when we went last week. Target has it sometimes, and even Lowe's has Scotch brand in cute colors, but not patterns. Amazon has some too, but they're more expensive. Check with the regular painter's tape OR sometimes it's with the craft/office supplies.

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  2. Very cute! Deb, we've found lots of great duct tape at Staple's--both rolls and sheets (which I love for, say, covering the staples on the binding of simple books).

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