How to Make a Duck® (Duct) Tape Wallet

A selection of the more than 40 colors and patterns of Duck® Tape on the market today
A selection of the more than 40 colors and patterns of Duck® Tape on the market today | Source

The Perfect Summer Activity

I worked at an Arts and Crafts store for a few years, teaching classes to both adults and children, doing product demonstrations, hosting children's birthday parties, and running the annual summer camp. Summer camp inside an arts and crafts store? Yes!

Why hold summer camp sessions in the store? Why not?...We had all the needed craft supplies, and an art teacher as the camp counselor.

I was the designated camp counselor. I am certified to teach art in Kindergarten through the twelfth grade, and I've been creating craft projects my enitre life.

Groups of campers came to the store every weekday morning or afternoon for a two-week period. Rather than just supply markers or paint and paint brushes and some sheets of paper to the campers to keep them busy, we made things. It was fun!

One of the all-time favorite craft projects for the campers was when we made Duck® Tape wallets. The most popular Duck® Tape used for the wallets was the camouflage-patterned tape for the boys and the bright pink tape for the girls.

What is Duck© (Duct) Tape?

Duck© Tape, referred to generically as duct tape, is a strong cloth-based tape developed during World War II. It is manufactured by laminating medical tape to a cloth background and adding a very strong adhesive to the other side. Originally manufactured in army green and then silver, Duck© Tape is now available in more than 40 colors and patterns.

This article includes step-by-step instructions for creating a Duck© Tape (duct tape) wallet. Why not make several wallets, one for yourself and others to give as gifts?

If you would like to know more about the history and development of this versatile tape, please read How to Make a Duck© (Duct) Tape Hair Bow.

  • In the example in this article, I'm using Totally Tie-Dye Duck Tape® for the main part of my wallet and Electric Blue Duck Tape® for the credit card pockets.

Supplies Needed for Making a Duck® Tape Wallet

  • Duck® Tape in the color of your choice for the main part of the wallet
  • Contrasting color of Duck® Tape for the credit card pockets


  • Scissors for cutting Duck Tape® should either have titanium blades or blades that are Teflon® coated. (I use FISKARS®-brand of scissors with non-stick Teflon® blades.)
  • A craft mat with a grid on it is helpful for keeping your strips of tape aligned while you are creating the sheets of Duck Tape® "fabric."

Tools and Equipment Needed for Making the Wallet

  • Scissors with non-stick blades
  • Ruler (12" or 18" long)
  • Craft mat or self-healing cutting board that has grid lines on it
  • Credit card (for verifying that the credit card pockets are actually wide enough to hold a credit card)

Supplies, Tools, and Equipment

Duck® Tape, FISKARS® scissors with non-stick Teflon® blades, ruler, craft mat. Totally Tie-Dye Duck Tape® is on the left, and Electric Blue Duck Tape® is on the right.
Duck® Tape, FISKARS® scissors with non-stick Teflon® blades, ruler, craft mat. Totally Tie-Dye Duck Tape® is on the left, and Electric Blue Duck Tape® is on the right. | Source
Four strips of Duck® Tape sticky side up, slightly overlapping each other.
Four strips of Duck® Tape sticky side up, slightly overlapping each other. | Source
The first piece of Duck® Tape placed sticky side down. This step is repeated for the remaining three pieces of tape.
The first piece of Duck® Tape placed sticky side down. This step is repeated for the remaining three pieces of tape. | Source
The right side of  the wallet rectangle is sealed.
The right side of the wallet rectangle is sealed. | Source
The double-sided credit card pocket.
The double-sided credit card pocket. | Source
The credit card pocket placed on the wallet.
The credit card pocket placed on the wallet. | Source

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cut eight strips of Duck® Tape that are seven inches (7") long and place them sticky side up on your work surface. (Please note that the number and length of the strips are for United States paper currency. You might need 10 strips of tape that are longer than seven inches if you are making a wallet which will be used with the paper currency of another country.)
  2. Place one strip of tape on top of another strip so that the top of the second strip slightly overlaps the bottom of the first strip.
  3. Place the top of the third strip of tape so that it slightly overlaps the bottom of the second strip. Then, place the top of the fourth strip so that it slightly overlaps the bottom of the third one.
  4. Take the remaining four strips of tape, and place them sticky side down on the first four strips of tape...You are creating a double-sided sheet of Duck® Tape "fabric."
  5. Fold the Duck® Tape fabric in half, creating a long rectangle.
  6. Cut a piece of tape that is approximately four inches long. Use it to seal one side of the rectangle.
  7. Don't seal the other side of the rectangle yet. Fold the wallet in half so that the short sides meet. Then, seal the second short side of the wallet. (If you seal the second side of the wallet before you fold it in half. it is likely that your wallet will have air bubbles or bulges in it.)
  8. Trim the excess tape from both sides of your wallet...You will now have the compartment into which paper money is placed.
  9. To make a credit card pocket, cut two pieces of Duck® Tape that are four inches (4") long and place them sticky side up on your work surface. Take one of the pieces of tape and place it sticky side down on the other piece. Do not align the top edges of both pieces of tape. Allow ¼" of the sticky side of the bottom piece of tape to show, and wrap the excess tape over the top of the pocket.
  10. Turn the double-sided piece of Duck® Tape fabric over and position it on the inside of your wallet, with the ¼" sticky strip of tape at the bottom.
  11. Create a second and third credit card pocket if you would like to do so, staggering their placements on the wallet.
  12. Cut two strips of tape the same length as the short sides of your wallet. Attach the credit card pockets to the wallet. Slit the tape sealing the pocket to the wallet so that the credit card will fit into the pocket.

The completed wallet.
The completed wallet. | Source

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HawaiiHeart profile image

HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Duck Tape can sure make a lot of items! It's so practical and versatile!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

HawaiiHeart,

It's nice to "see" you again. Duck® Tape is a great product, both for craft projects and repair projects in the home.

Have you used the tape for any craft projects?


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

This is a perfect accompaniment to the bow only for boys! Thanks for the great used for duck tape! :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cara,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

Making a Duck® Tape wallet was such a popular project at the Michaels store's summer camp. Everyone enjoyed it...both the boys and the girls. Making the wallets was my first introduction to using the tape for craft projects.

After that summer was over, when I was asked for suggestions of projects to be done at the birthday parties I hosted in the store, I always suggested the wallets.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Yes, girls can definitely make them too. I was just thinking that most of the girls in my class would want to make the bows and the boys the wallets. Great crafts, keep 'em comin'!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cara,

Thanks for visiting again. The only problem you might encounter with doing two Duck® Tape projects at the time in the classroom is if you're going to do step-by-step demostrations of the projects...show the boys a step in the wallet project, then show the girls a step in the hair bow project, then show the boys another step, etc. It might give you a headache.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

LOL, all I have every day with this class are headaches! I've got an interesting group this year and these projects are actually going to be rewards for kids who have been doing the right thing! Thanks for your suggestions though! I'll definitely check back with you and let you know how they turn out!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Daisy...Unbelieveable!! I swear by Duct tape! Is there anything it can't be used for? Really. I am always supplied with several rolls, several colors. It's my favorite tool!

The wallet is too cool, Daisy. My grandsons would have a ball making those! Thanks for the info. I can keep the little darlings busy next tme they come to drive Gram crazy!! UP++


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cara,

Rewarding your students with their being permitted to do a craft project is a great idea! I'm looking forward to reading how the wallets turn out.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you like this project. Please post another comment after your grandsons make their wallets.

If you get a chance, read my article regarding making the Duck® Tape rose...and read the comments. Beth100 and her son made the rose, and their long-haired dog *helped* them.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK...I will do that Daisy!! Roger, over and out.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is so cool and easy to do, my granddaughter would enjoy making this.

Thank you


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

It's always a pleasure to hear from you.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rosemary,

It's nice to "see" you again. Are your granddaughter and you going to make wallets?

I've published two other Duck® Tape craft Hubs recently. One explained how to make a Duck® Tape hair bow, and the other explained how to make a Duck® Tape rose. You might like to look at those instructions when you get a chance.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I will check out your other hubs. It is my drandsons birthday coming up and this will make a lovely gift for my granddaughter to give to him.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rosemary,

Thanks for stopping by again. What a wonderful idea...your granddaughter making a wallet for her brother as a birthday gift!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Another fab Duck Tape hub! Duck Tape is like a gift that keeps on giving. UP! Useful!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. There are so many craft items that one can make using Duck® Tape. I'll probably write another "how-to" article that uses it.

Have you considered making any of my Duck® Tape crafts with your granddaughter? They're a lot of fun.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I don't see a Duct Tape project in my near future. With the heat and humidity in Orlando I don't see a bow or wallet holding up well. Keep on hubbin'!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine,

Thanks for visiting again. That's one difference between Florida and California...both states have the heat, but desert heat is dry rather than humid.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What a great idea, Daisy. And so simple even I could make one. Just one problem, though. Your instructions call for scissors with non-stick blades. Every scissors I own has sticky blades. Do you happen to know a quick fix for that problem? Besides buying new scissors, that is. Just wonderin'.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dr. BJ,

Thanks for commenting. Duck® Tape can be torn rather than cut. If you don't own scissors with Teflon®-coated blades, you can tear the tape rather than cut it.


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katecupcake 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Great tutorial! I used to make these in high school all the time. I love that you kept it simple enough to teach to kids!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Daisy! You never cease to amaze with your creativity!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

katecupcake,

It's nice to meet you. Welcome to HubPages. There are a lot of steps to follow in making a Duck® Tape wallet, but the craft is actually very easy.

Have you read the other two Hubs in my Duck® Tape series? One describes how to make a hair bow, and the other describes how to make a rose.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dexter,

Thanks so much for your very kind words. The craft "how-to" articles are fun to write.

I know you like my geography quizzes...I'm hoping to write another one soon.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This is very clever and one way to make your wallet stand out. The biggest surprise to me here is that there was such a thing as tie-dyed duck tape. I'll have to look for that at my home center. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my articles. The best place to buy patterned Duck® Tape in Orange County is at a Michaels arts and crafts store. I don't think that Home Depot will have as good of a selection.


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veggie-mom 4 years ago

This is great, my boys are going to love making these & we even already have some camouflage, blue, & black duct tape to use. Thanks so much for a great tutorial. Voted up, awesome & shared on Pinterst!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

veggie-mom,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for following me on HubPages and sharing my Hub on Pinterest.

Please post another comment after your boys and you make the wallets.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Haha, this is awesome, Daisy! I love this wallet - such a fun project for kids. I think a lot of college kids would appreciate this, too. Votes up. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cyndi,

I'm glad you like this project. What's nice about the project is that it doesn't take very long to complete, so the younger kids won't become impatient to finish the wallet.

Duck® Tape is sold in the logos of a number of colleges. I was thinking of buying The Ohio State University Duck® Tape and making something for my boyfriend with it.


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lisa42 4 years ago from Sacramento

What a wonderful and simple idea. Next time I need a new wallet, I might just make one instead. :-)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Lisa,

It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you like my Duck® Tape craft idea. If you make the wallet, please post another comment.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! I have no idea that duck tape could be so useful in this case! U r a crafts expert thanks to your teaching for numerous years as well as your inborn talents and natural expertise! The instructions are explained in detail and the pics are helpful with the end result being so wonderfully creative and economical! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ishwaryaa,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your very kind words.

Duck© Tape is a versatile product that can be used in many craft projects.

Is Duck© Tape available in India in a variety of colors and patterns?


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Though I have heard of this type of tape, but I don't think colored tapes are available in my country. It takes time for such tapes to come to this country. But nevertheless, we manage to create many crafts out of many other things available to us. Thank you for your concern. Happy Hubbing. Take care.


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bmcoll3278 4 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

My kids makes these all the time .Now I can tell him "naner naner i can do it too."


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

ishwaryaa,

The tape is probably available online. If you search using Google India, I'll bet you find it.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

bmcoll3278,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. You can also impress your kids with the history of the tape.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I don't know how you crafty people figure this stuff out and it always looks so good when you finish a product. I love this idea and I'll pass it on to Bev and see what she can do with it.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate you support.

You might show Bev my two other Hubs that explain how to use Duck® Tape in craft projects. One explains how to make a hair bow, and the other explains how to make a rose. For my 50th Hub, I explained how to make the Duck® Tape Rose, a rose that had 50 petals.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Creatively artistic. You come up with great ideas.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I worked in an arts and crafts store for a few years, doing product demonstrations, hosting childrens' birthday parties, and teaching classes. I used many different craft items while I worked there, and developed a lot of my projects then.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Daisy,

I have seen these all over the place, but now I know how to make one thanks to you! Very informative and well-written! Great job Daisy!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Josh,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I've published two craft how-to Hubs in addition to this one that use Duck© Tape.

One article explains how to make a hair bow. The other explains how to make a rose with 50 petals. That Hub was the 50th Hub I published on HubPages.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Dasiy, love this hub. I worked at a camp as a teacher for pre-school age kids before having my own kids for a few years and we did activities too like this, but never this one. Have voted up and shared too!! Also, pinned to try with my kids in the future, thanks!!!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Janine,

Thanks for reading my Hub, commenting in it, and pinning it. Making the wallets was a very popular project when I worked at the art and crafts store doing product demos, teaching classes, and hosting birthday parties.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I still haven't create a wallet, but I have a friend who enjoys creating duct tape crafts. Great hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine),

Thanks for visiting again. You don't necessarily have to personally create a wallet. You could explain to your granddaughter Faith and her friends how to make the wallets.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Daisy.. this is highly creative and totally fun project to make with kids. you've give some fab ideas as my daughter loves arts and crafts and enjoys creating things. Love it!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mohan (Docmo),

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I appreciate your continued support.

I have written two other craft Hubs in addition to this one which use Duck© Tape. Anna might also like my Duck© Tape hair bow and Duck© Tape rose projects.

The rose made from Duck© Tape was my 50th Hub. I did something a bit unusual to honor the publication of Hub #50...I created the HubPages Rose, a rose with 50 petals


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thanks for sharing this. I didn't realize until I started working as a camp counselor in summer camp all the different things you can make using duck tape. My daughter has a duck tape purse!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jennifer (jenbeach21),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. This is one of three craft "how-to" Hubs I've written in which Duck© Tape is featured. The tape is a very versatile craft medium.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I wouldn't be without duck tape in my junk drawer. I never knew it came in these wonderful colors, though.

Great Hub. I voted it UP, and will share.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615).

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

Duck© Tape comes in dozens of colors and patterns. It's a great craft medium.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

I always love your craft hubs. You do an excellent job making the project doable... I just happen to need a new wallet. Hmmm. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I appreciate your support of my work.

I guess being certified to teach art in Kindergarten through the 12th grade and having worked as a policy and procedure analyst / writer has helped me to write "how-to" craft project articles.

Are you going to make a Duck© Tape wallet? It'll be a fun project. You can make a few extras, to give as Christmas gifts.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

How creative! I am going to make a Duck Tape wallet for my bank cards... Currently it is made of paper, pictures and a type of broad sellotape.

Very arty! Thank you, Daisy, for the idea :)


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Martie,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. After you make the wallet for your bank cards, please post a photo of the wallet on your Facebook wall, so I can see how beautiful your wallet is.


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

That's a cool idea. Duct tape is the handy man's secret weapon!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patrick (Paddyboy60),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

Are you going to make a Duck® Tape wallet? If you create one, please post another comment.


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Ok , I sure will.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patrick (Paddyboy60),

Thanks for visiting again.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is a great idea for Christmas gift ideas. What a nice way to remember someone and stay within a budget.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. This project is perfect for Christmas gifts. One can give the wallet as a stand-alone gift or use it as the holder for a gift card.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Interesting craft, Daisy. You've really held a variety of jobs, haven't you? I'll have to remember this one when my grandkids are bored and want something to do. There is an AMAZING variety of duct tape! Beats the old standard, silver! Nice job-UP/U and I Pinning this one.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Denise,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for pinning my Hub. My store-bought wallet fell apart recently. I think I'll make a Duck® Tape wallet as a replacement.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful and looks simple to make! Your duct tape ideas are really very interesting.

Voted up, pinned and thanks for sharing!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thank you for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing and pinning my Hub. I have been so busy with paid writing assignments for the past several months, I don't have time to work on my craft projects.

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