01 of 09
How to Make a Duct Tape Checkbook Cover
Read through this tutorial and learn how to make a personalized checkbook cover using little more than some cut tape and paper. Once you discover how easy it is, you may want to make a different checkbook cover for every month.
- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 60+ minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
Let's begin...Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Gathering The Supplies to Make Your Checkbook Cover
Before you start working on this duct tape checkbook cover, it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies first. For this project you will need:
- Colored Duct Tape (compare prices)
- Plain Paper
- Pen or Pen
I used two different colors of duct tape to make my checkbook cover, but you can use more or less.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Learn How to Make a Duct Tape Sheet
A regular piece of 8 1/2" x 11" paper is not quite big enough for this project. To cut all three pieces out of the duct tape sheet, it needs to be about 13-inches tall. You can make 2 duct tape sheets or, do as I did, and extend the duct tape beyond the edge of the paper. Simply use an extra strip of tape extending beyond the top and bottom edges of the paper.
Now we can finish the other side of the duct tape sheet.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Finish Making Your Duct Tape Sheet
To finish making your duct tape sheet, flip over your duct tape covered piece of paper. Cut a piece of duct tape about 11- to 13-inches long (depending on the size of your sheet) and lay it across the side edge of the piece of paper. These piece of duct tape are running the opposite direction as the first step.
Cut a second piece of duct tape about 11- to 13-inches long and lay it on the paper, slightly overlapping the first piece of tape. Continue this until the entire piece of paper is covered... with duct tape.
We are now ready to start making the duct tape checkbook cover.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Draw Your Checkbook Cover Pieces
We will now measure and draw the checkbook cover pieces on the duct tape sheet you made. You need to measure three pieces:
- 7 1/2" x 6 1/2" (the main checkbook cover piece)
- 6 1/2" x 3" (to make one of the inside pockets)
- 6 1/2" x 3" (to make the other inside pocket)
As noted, these pieces will not fit on one duct tape sheet unless you make the sheet bigger.
Now we can cut out the pieces.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Cut Out Your Checkbook Cover Pieces
Once you have your checkbook cover pieces drawn out, simply cut them out. Now we can start assembling the checkbook cover.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Start Assembling Your Checkbook Cover
Lay the 7 1/2" x 6 1/2" main checkbook cover piece on your work surface. The color you want the outside of your duct tape checkbook cover to be should be facing down. Lining up the 6 1/2-inch edges, lay your 6 1/2" x 3" inside pocket pieces on top of the checkbook cover.
Cut a piece of duct tape, about 8-inches long. Cut the strip in half so you end up with 2 pieces that are each about 8" x 1". Use these two strips to cover and attach the long edges of the checkbook cover... to the checkbook pockets. Stick the pieces of tape along the checkbook cover edges and then fold the remaining tape over to stick to the checkbook pockets.
Now, we can finish the other edges.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Cover More Edges of the Checkbook Cover
Cover the sides of the duct tape checkbook cover the same way you covered the other edges.
Cut a piece of duct tape, about 7-inches long. Cut the strip in half so you end up with 2 pieces that are each about 7" x 1". Stick the pieces of tape along the edge of the side of checkbook cover and then fold the remaining tape over to enclose the edge. Repeat for the other side.
Now we can finish the duct tape checkbook cover.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Finishing the Duct Tape Checkbook Cover
You can now insert your checkbook in one pocket and a check register in another.
Of course, you can also personalize your duct tape checkbook cover by decorating it. Use stickers, designs cut from duct tape, or anything else you like. These personalized checkbook covers make great gifts!