How To Make Your Own Portable Pocket-Sized Duct Tape Rolls

How To Make Your Own Portable Pocket-Sized Duct Tape Rolls

I recently encountered a smart little product called RediTape, which is basically a super thin, pocket-sized roll of man’s most versatile tool: Duct tape. Here’s how to make a homemade version that’s cheaper and more customisable to fit your preferences.

Portable duct tape isn’t a new idea — we’ve covered ways to put it on a key chain and in your wallet — but the concept still has room for some adaptation. RediTape’s design is clever because its length allows for more tape to fit within a much slimmer profile. It’s small enough to go in your pocket, your car’s glove box, a day pack, a bug-out bag and even a runner’s belt (which is great for blister prevention). That said, there’s plenty of reasons why you might want to make your own version of it:

  • It’s cheaper: A roll of RediTape is around $US3.50 ($5) and comes with 4.5m of tape. You can buy a 30m roll for cheaper and make six of your own portable duct tape rolls. Plus, RadiTape doesn’t ship to Australia.
  • More control: You can decide how much or how little you actually want to put on your portable duct tape roll. Make it as thin or thick as you’d like.
  • Choice of brand: Not all duct tape is made equal. If you have a preferred brand of duct tape, you can stick with that.

Also, RediTape only has six colours, but other brands like Duck have 20.

How To Make Your Own Portable Pocket-Sized Duct Tape Rolls

And making your own pocket roll is super easy. Here’s how:

  1. Cut a thin piece of cardboard or an index card into a 12cm by 5cm rectangle.
  2. Wrap the cardboard with some duct tape to create a base layer.
  3. Start a new layer of duct tape and wrap it around the cardboard end-over-end until you have your desired amount.

That’s it! Now you have a pocket duct tape roll for a fraction of the cost. It only takes a couple of minutes to make, you can make as many as you need and you can re-use your cardboard piece and refill your pocket roll whenever it runs out.

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