My friend Georgia stopped by the other day to show me a really cool duct tape wallet she’d purchased. Okay, Georgia’s Mom is a closer friend (Georgia is 10), but I don’t want to discount any awesome friendships that lead to a knock on the door to show me an awesome craft.
You know I had to try for myself.
You will need:
- 2 – 3 rolls of coordinating duck tape (one for the exterior, one for the interior and a third for the trim)
- Clear scotch tape or packing tape cut down to scotch tape width (scotch tape is MUCH easier to work with)
- Exacto knife (parental supervision required)
- Cutting mat with measurements
- Zip-lock freezer bag
- Velcro dots
Start by laying out a piece of your trim coloured duck tape across the length of your cutting mat. Cut this strip into four (roughly) equal rows – length-wise. You will be reaching for these trim pieces throughout the project, so it’s easier to have them pre-cut and ready. (I’ve labelled it in purple so it’s easier to know what I’m referring to)
Duct Tape Wallet – Outer Shell
Lay out the interior colour duck tape across your cutting mat. You want to overlap the rows until you have a rectangle that is 13.5″ wide by 6.5″ high.
Peel this rectangle off of your cutting mat and flip it over so that it is sticky-side-up.
Using the exterior colour duck tape, overlay the sticky rectangle with rows of tape, leaving 1/2″ extra overhanging all four sides. (Your exterior with be bigger than the interior. Trim any scruffy edges.
Cut the sticky corners out by slicing the exterior duck tape from the corner of the interior colour – as though you were continuing the line from each edge – the cut out will be a small square section on each corner.
Fold over the sticky exterior onto the interior at the narrow ends.
Set this piece off to the side.
Duct Tape Wallet – Credit card pockets
Cut 5 pieces of duck tape at 7.5″ long.
Fold each of those pieces in half and cut down so that you have five 3.5″ pieces.
Add a small section, 3.5″, of your trim colour (the trim we cut before beginning) to one edge on each piece.
Cut a 13.5″ piece of duct tape and overlap with another row (or two) until your piece is 3.5″ high. Fold in half and cut down the rough edge so that your piece is 6.5″ long. (3.5″ by 6.5″)
Using a piece of clear tape (packing or clear scotch tape), stick your pockets onto your 6.5″ piece beginning at the top and spacing evenly.
Cut a 6.5″ piece of your trim duck tape and fold over one edge to hold the sides of the pockets closed. Set this piece aside (we will finish it up in a later step).
Duct Tape Wallet – Zip-Lock pocket
Cut a Zip-lock freezer bag 1/2″ on either side of the zipper. Cut sides out so that you have two separate zipper pieces.
Cut two pieces of duck tape (interior or trim colour) to 6.5″. Line up one piece of tape just above the zipper section (zipper should be facing upwards). Fold the excess tape over and stick to the back of the zipper piece. Repeat with the other zipper piece.
Continue layering 6.5″ pieces of tape to extend the bottom of your zipper pocket down to 3.5″ tall. Repeat with the other side.
Lay your two zipper sections, sticky-side-up, so that the zippers are on your right and left and the two sticky sections line up in the middle length-wise.
Lay a piece of 6.5″ duck tape over the centre seam (interior or trim colour). Continue layering 6.5″ pieces of tape until you have reached the edge of the zipper and the entire sticky section has been covered.
Fold in half and close the zip-lock. Use two pieces of trim at 3.5″ to close the sides of your pocket. (fold over from the front to the back and seal)
Cut four pieces of duck tape (exterior colour) to 7.5″ long. Fold each piece in half and cut down so that each is 3.5″.
Using clear scotch tape or ~1/2″ of packing tape, attach one of the 3.5″ pieces (folded side should line up with the top of your zipper pouch) to the end of your pouch. Repeat on the other end.
Flip your pouch over and repeat on both ends again.
Fold these flaps so that you have one on both sides of your pouch. Use a bit of trim tape (3.5″) and put it over the folds on either end so that your flaps will stay flat against the surface (front and back) of your pouch.
Duct Tape Wallet – attaching the pouch to the shell
Line up the top of your pouch with the bottom of your exterior piece. The zipper should be at your stomach.