A DIY Classic: The Duct Tape Wallet

Late for a birthday party? Wanna impress your punk-as-fuck crush? Just hate the concept of spending cash for somewhere to put your cash? Well, here’s a solution – with a bonus silver lining. OF DUCT TAPE! Duct tape is freakin’ genius. It can solve practically any problem from bondage to bookshelves. Back when I used to work at the hell-tel, during prom season I saw a kid wearing a duct tape tuxedo. It was P.I.M.P. If you want to floss some duct-tape pride, but aren’t ready to commit to a suit, start out slow with the Duct Tape Wallet. (These instructions courtesy of the Duct Tape Guys).

1) Start your base by overlapping two strips of tape, slightly larger than a dollar bill. Overlap about half an inch; trim overlapping pieces

step one

2) Flip ‘em over and tape the opposite site, again overlapping edges by half and inch.
3) You should now have a two-sided duct tape panel of sorts. Go ahead and trim those corners at angles so you can fold them down, neatly sealing the edges.

step three

4) Now make another sheet, slightly smaller than the first (still bigger than a bill though, yeah?). Use the top edge to seal; use the others to fasten the sheets together.
5) You should have a pocket in your wallet now. Make as many panels/pockets as you like – get different colors, cut out designs or logos….it’s duct tape. It’ll do anything.

If you want to see some truly bad-ass examples, pop yourself over to jduct and, as always, there are some truly incredible creations over at Etsy.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.

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