I have a few sustainability projects I have been working on lately. I am planning on hemming my pants and also making my own slippers out of felt fabric (we shall see how that turns out), but I also recently made some wallets out of duct tape. These photographs show the prototype or the first attempt one. I used cardboard for sturdiness, but I took it out for the final prototype and it made a positive difference. Don’t use cardboard!
My partner had a really old one and it was falling apart. I wanted to try and see if I could make it out of the duct tape we had. Fortunately, he really likes the final prototype one (I don’t have photos of that one, but it looks similar to this one in design, not in color.) It is a lot thinner with more card compartments and neater lines. He finds that the duct tape wallets are more light, more versatile (customizable), affordable and easy to fix.
If you were interested in making your own, I suggest Googling duct tape wallets and seeing various images of them to get inspired. Some people have made some really clever and cute ones (the ones I made are pretty basic). I also suggest going on YouTube and watching how-to videos. The one I watched was the brand “Duck Tape” and their video on how to make it. It was fast and fun for me. I could totally see myself make one as a gift, but with a specific theme with brighter colors and neater lines.
Some questions I asked my partner about his final thoughts on this:
What do you miss most about a conventional wallet?
I know that it’s in my pocket because it’s heavy. It looks better than a duct tape wallet. Duct tape wallets are not fashionable, but it is practical.
Would you go back to a conventional wallet or do you think you’ll still with duct tape ones?
I think I’ll stick with duct tape ones because they’re cheaper and easy to repair or make another one.
What are you most happy or most annoyed about with duct tape wallets?
I am happy with the comfort with it and that I know my cards aren’t going to fall out of it (referring to the old broken down leather wallet he previously had). And also they’re cheap.