Cardboard Frisbee

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Introduction: Cardboard Frisbee

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If you're going to be fussy, this is not a frisbee, since it does not involve the famous pie-tins.

It is, however, eminently modifiable, decorateable (is that a word? It is now.), and suitable for using indoors.

Even better, it can be educational (see the last step).

Print one out with your corporate logo, then if you're caught playing with one of these at work, tell them you're using your initiative and testing out a potential marketing tool...

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Step 1: The Template

As is my wont, this is made from a single A4 sheet, this time of light cardstock (about 160gsm, if you need to know).

I have included a PDF drawn up from a scan of my original sketch, including two versions - one decorated, one plain and awaiting decoration by your good self.

Print out the one you want, then cut it out, including the seven rectangles at the top.

(If you are going to decorate your frisbee by hand, do so before you cut it out.)

Step 2: Score!

All the dotted lines of the template need to be scored - with a ruler, run the edge of a pair of scissors, or a dead ball-point pen along the lines so that they are easier to bend.

Step 3: Up Hill and Down Dale.

The shape of the frisbee is formed when you fold the scored lines.

The outer ring of lines needs to be mountain folded, and the inner ring of lines needs to be valley folded.

As you do this, the pacman-like gap in the template will close up, allowing you to glue the tabs on one side to the straight edge on the other side.

When gluing, use whatever suitable glue you like (glue-stick, "white" glue, even wood glue), just don't use a vast amount, or your frisbee could be unbalanced.

Step 4: Weight a Minute.

Frisbees fly more stably when there is more weight near the edge of the disc (yes, I know this isn't a disc, but it's easier than continually referring to the regular heptagon).

Cut out the seven rectangles from the template, score the dotted lines and then zig-zag fold them up and glue them into small blocks, which you then glue under the edges of the frisbee,

If you are using a glue that needs time to set, clothes pegs make good mini-clamps.

You will see from the photos that I used pairs of small neodymium magnets to clamp things in place while the glue dried. Do not do this! I spent more time than is probably sane getting the blasted things in the right place, unsticking them from their neighbours, my tools, my watch... Seriously, use pegs.

Step 5: Done!

Once the glue is dry, you're ready to go.

I won't tell you how to throw it (if you didn't know, why did you make it?), except to say that it does not do well in a forehand throw.

I have no idea why, maybe I'm just no good at the forehand grip...

Step 6: The Educational Bit.

It was two years after first publishing this project that I realised it had genuinely educational potential for maths lessons and Cub or Scout meetings.

I added an extra sector, making the final Make an octagon, and added the start of a compass rose - the kids can add the rest, including the navigation bearings, then colour and make it up as they like.

This will help them learn the compass points, angles and bearings, suitable for KS2/KS3

The model in the photos is green because my school was closing down a few days after I created this - we'd run out of white card, and were working our way through the remaining coloured card.

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    where did you get the tiny earth magnets?

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    Ebay, but it is a lot easier to use pegs to clamp the paper.

    I remember making one of these a few years ago, back when I used to get DIY ideas from library books...

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    One in a book?

    Spooky - I created this by myself.

    Yes, a rather old book. I don't remember anything else about the book, other than that it was full of cardboard and paper flying things.

    It certainly could - the word "Frisbee" is like the word "Hoover" (in the UK). It started as an early brand of an object (throwing disc, vacuum cleaner), and ended up as the word to mean the object.

    I have an old kit of things like this from AGES ago, that has something almost exactly like this, but with the center cut out to form a ring, it flies great!

    what happens to cardboard when it 's chewed up & gets soggy wet....... Do you have any more inventions.... wouldlike to see something that lasts peace

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    It's a frisbee, not a pancake. Don't eat your toys!

    I guess you could try making this from corex or similar, but it was posted with the cardboard contest in mind...

    Unfortunately, voting is over - they're just finishing off the judging now. Thanks for the thought, though.

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    (Those codes stopped working quite some time ago...)

    The elements in them (neodymium etc) are not as common in the Earth's crust as other elements.

    could i use couragated cardboard (im so sorry to bother you)