Owning your own credit card can be a rewarding experience, especially if you are trying to build your credit or simply enjoy spending money on goods and services.
And while credit cards can be extremely useful, this does not mean that they do not come with their negative setbacks, as there is nothing worse than trying to use your credit card and discovering that it is scratched or unable to scan.
These days, many people choose to carry their credit cards in their pockets or loose in their bags, which can lead to serious damage that could render your cards completely useless.
Because of this, it is recommended that you use a wallet to keep all of your bank cards in check, as wallets can keep them organized and safe from scratches. The only issue is that wallets can be expensive and may come with too much room for you to fill.
So how can you find the perfect wallet for your needs? By making one, of course!
In the following article, we are going to teach you how to make your own duct tape card holder. So that you can keep your cards safe without wasting money on a fancy wallet.
We will also explain the various tools and supplies you will need to get the job done, as well as how you can approach the task without causing a mess. So if you are ready to keep your credit cards neat and tidy, we have everything you need to get started…
What You Will Need?
Before we can teach you how to make your own duct tape card holder, we must first outline the various supplies you will need to get the job done. Fortunately, these useful wallets can be made using basic tools and materials found around the house, which means you should already have everything you need to get started.
So if you want to check your stock, then we have compiled a list of everything you will need in the following section:
- Duct tape (for the body of the card holder)
- Contrasting duct tape or decorative tape
- Craft scissors
- Craft knife
- Straight edge or ruler
- Self-healing cutting mat with measurements
Now that you understand what you will need to make your wallet, let’s take a look at how you can make your own card holder using duct tape…
Step One: Make The Sheet
To begin making your card holder, you will need to make a sheet of duct tape that measures around 10-inches wide and 7.5-inches long.
To do this, we recommend taking your cutting mat and using the grids, as this will make the overall process much easier and efficient. Not only will the grids help you to lay the duct tape out straight, but they will also help you to measure the amount of tape you will need.
All you have to do is secure down the first strip and cut it using your ruler and craft knife, while also making sure to leave your duct tape stuck to the mat. When you have done this, you can take another piece of tape and lay it on top of the first, while overlapping them by a quarter of an inch.
Once this has been completed, cut it off and repeat the process a further five times until your duct tape sheet measures around 7.5-inches in length.
Step Two: Lay The Tape
For the next step, you will need to create a double-sided sheet of duct tape, which can be done by using the following instructions.
To begin this process, you will need to carefully flip the 10” x 7.5” sheet of duct tape that you made in the previous step so that the sticky side of the tape is facing upwards. Once you have done this, take a further five pieces of tape and place them on top of the sticky sheet, while making sure that they are the same size and length.
For the best results, we recommend stretching out more tape than you need and layering it on top of the sheet while holding it in place with your pinkies. Not only will this method keep your tape smooth, but it will also reduce the risk of air bubbles and mess.
Once you have put down your first piece of tape, repeat the process until the sticky side of the sheet has been completely covered. You may need to overlap the last piece of tape by more than a quarter of an inch to make sure it remains flush.
However, if you are working with decorative tape, then we recommend keeping the pattern as consistent as possible throughout the process.
Step Three: Remove The Excess
Once you have completed your double-sided sheet, you will need to fold the card holder and remove any excess from the sides.
To do this, take the sheet of duct tape you just made and fold it in half horizontally (from top to bottom) before folding it again vertically (from right to left) until it resembles the general shape of a wallet.
While doing this, make sure that every fold is firm and that the sheet is able to retain its shape without your assistance.
When you have finished folding your card holder, test the size of your wallet by placing it alongside a credit card or driver’s license. If your card holder is bigger than necessary, then you will need to open it back up and trim at least half an inch of excess on each side.
Step Four: Trim The Wallet
For this next step, you will need to trim the top and bottom of your card holder using contrasting tape, which can be done with the following method.
Take your folded wallet and open it back up before adding a piece of contrasting tape to the top and bottom of the main sheet. If you happen to be using regular-sized duct tape, then you will need to use your scissors to cut it down the middle until it measures around an inch in width.
Alternatively, you can complete this process by using decorative packing tape, as most packing tapes will already meet the required measurements needed for the trim.
When completing this step, you will only need to add contrasting tape to the top and bottom of the wallet, which can then be folded over the back to remove any unwanted excess.
Once you have done this, you should end up with a double-sided sheet of duct tape with a piece of contrasting tape on the top and bottom of the body.
Step Five: Create The Pockets
Every good wallet needs pockets for your various cards and licenses, which is why you will need some to make your own before completing your duct tape card holder.
To begin making your pockets, you will need to take 4 pieces of duct tape each measuring 8-inches in length. Once you have done this, use your craft knife and ruler to cut each strip in half around the 4-inch mark, which should give you 8 separate pieces of tape.
Following this, take four of the pieces and flip them over so that the sticky side is facing upwards before placing the remaining pieces on top.
When you have done this, you should end up with 4 pieces of double-sided tape each measuring 4-inches in length. These will be used to make your pockets.
After each pocket is finished, use your contrasting tape to add a piece to the top of each pocket and then secure it on the back, as this will make the edges look cleaner and more attractive.
Step Six: Attach The Pockets
During this next step, you will need to have your credit card close to hand, as you will be using this to determine the size of your pockets.
Take a 4-inch piece of duct tape and cut it down the middle lengthwise until you end up with two narrow strips. This will be used to secure the first pocket.
When making your wallet, you will need to place two pockets on each side, which means you will need to position the top pocket first. To do this, take your open card holder and lay the pocket until it is flush to the outside edge of the wallet.
Once you have done this, the bottom of the pocket should be around 1-inch away from the bottom of the card holder. When the pocket is ready, secure it in place by using one of the narrow strips that you previously cut.
For the bottom pocket, position the next piece directly on top of the first one so that the sides remain flush to the edge of the card holder. Secure this pocket in place by placing a narrow strip along the bottom and down the centre of the wallet. This should catch the side of both pockets and hold them in place.
After doing this, fold the excess over the top and bottom, then repeat the process until you have two pockets on the right and left sides.
Step Seven: The Finishing Touches
Now that the hard work is done, all you have to do is close off the sides and bottom of your wallet using trim. This can be easily done by using the following steps.
Take a 4-inch piece of coordinating duct tape and cut it in half lengthwise before securing it on each side. When you have done this, use your scissors to remove any unwanted excess that may occur.
Next, take a 9.5-inch piece of duct tape and cut it lengthwise before securing it along the bottom of the card holder. Again, you can remove any excess once the trim has been secured.
And that’s it, you’re done! Now you should have a fully functional duct tape card holder, where you can store your cards, licenses and identification. We hope that you found this article useful and that you will use it to make card holders for your friends and family.