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Project

Duct Tape Wallets

Introduction

Duct tape is a World War Two-era invention that most often has utilitarian uses, but can sometimes be put to more whimsical ends. This project, which offers instructions on making a duct tape wallet, is a perfect example and just right for kids.

Materials

  • Duct tape (available in various colors)
  • Magnets

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by cutting various lengths of duct tape; lay a piece measuring about 10- to 12-inches down on your workspace, sticky side up. Lay a second piece, measuring about half the width of the first, on top, sticky side down. Fold the sticky side over the top.

  2. Step 2

    Flip the two pieces over and begin layering strips of duct tape to create a sheet that measures about 3-3/4-inches by 8-1/2 inches. Repeat these steps to make two more sheets, one large and one small. The larger sheet will constitute the main wallet pocket, while the smaller will be the side pocket. Fold the smaller sheet in half so it measures approximately 3 inches.

  3. Step 3

    To create trim detail on the small pocket, cut a piece of duct tape slightly longer than 4 inches and cut it in half. Place the piece, sticky side up, on one edge of the 4-by-5-1/2 inch small sheet; the tape should overhang by about 1/4-inch. Fold the other side over and repeat on the opposite edge.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a piece of duct tape about 9-inches long. Lay the tape, sticky side up, on your workspace. Place the first sheet of tape you made on top of the tape on the table; keep about 1/2-inch showing at the bottom. Lay the main pocket piece on top of the base. Lay the folded, side pocket sheet to the right edge, making sure everything at the bottom is even. Fold the piece of tape on your table up and over the layers.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a piece of tape measuring 4-1/2 inches long and cut it in half, lengthwise. Lay the tape sticky side up and lay the wallet on top. Place one magnet at the center edge of the wallet and fold the tape over the edge. Repeat on the opposite side, making sure the magnet is placed in the exact corresponding spot.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (8)

  • 18 Jun, 2011

    The first point of confusion is in the first step. Cut various LENGTHS of duct tape, lay one 10-12" down & lay a second piece on top measuring about half the WIDTH--so which is it, LENGTH or WIDTH-makes a big difference in the outcome. The directions go downhill from there. It's a cool idea, but the writer missed the mark completely.

  • 18 Jun, 2011

    The first point of confusion is in the first step. Cut various LENGTHS of duct tape, lay one 10-12" down & lay a second piece on top measuring about half the WIDTH--so which is it, LENGTH or WIDTH-makes a big difference in the outcome. The directions go downhill from there. It's a cool idea, but the writer missed the mark completely.

  • 19 Jan, 2011

    I also saw the video and it was interesting so I printed the instructions. THEY MAKE NO SENSE ! ! ! ! I made them without the instructions and they were a hit at school.

  • 17 Nov, 2010

    I AM 13 I DONT GET IT IF YOU EXPECT 9 OR 10 YEAR OLDS WILL GET IT GET OUT OF THE BUBBLE

  • 3 May, 2010

    I saw the making of the wallet on my cable channel on demand. It is much easier to understand the instructions when you have seen the demonstration.

  • 25 Mar, 2010

    I also tried this project, tried is the operative word. Maybe if you could see the entire wallet it would be easier to understand the directions.

  • 4 Dec, 2009

    I agree instructions are lacking, re-read several times and we are giving up...

  • 29 Jun, 2008

    i don't know if i'm momentarily uncomprehensive to proper English, but i haven't got a clue how to follow this project...