This is a flying Captain America shield that you can make out of duct tape and cardboard. Make a couple of these and you can battle it out with your friends Captain America-style!

I had two goals in mind with this project: 1) that the finished shield could be tossed around safely and actually fly stable like a giant Frisbee, and 2) that it could be replicated by almost anyone, independent of their current crafting skills.

For this project I made a couple of different flying shield prototypes. After some experimenting, I eventually reached a design that flew really well . . . and now I'm excited to share it!

I've included a PDF with all the pattern pieces that are required to make this. I worked directly from these finalized pattern pieces to build the finished version of the flying Captain America shield you will see in the following steps and in the video below.

The finished shield is 22.5" in diameter, and weighs 27.5 ounces (780 g). It's hefty, but it flies great. Still, you wouldn't want to knock a little kid in the back of the head with it, but it's certainly a lot safer for throwing around than this version (also made by me).

Here is a video of my flying shield in action:

Step 1: Things you will need

Here is what you will need to make your own Flying Captain America Shield:
  • Print-out of the attached PDF
  • Flat pieces of cardboard, at least 12" wide across the grain. I used thick double-ply cardboard.
  • Duct tape, one roll of each: red, white, blue, and regular
  • 24" of webbing or other suitable material for handles
  • 74" of 3/4" polypropylene rope
  • Cutting mat
  • Utility knife with extra blades (and/or heavy-duty hobby knife with extra blades)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharp scissors
  • Marking pen, like a Sharpie
In each step I will go into more detail about the materials and tools used.
when i try to open the pdf it wont, can you help?
Here's the file right here. If still you can't open it, it's a problem on your end. Make sure you have the latest adobe reader.
<p>I did it yesterday with my son. We had to change sizes a little bit because of lack of all needed tapes. Works great. Thanks. </p>
<p>Hi, I was very interested in your Captain America Shield, and I've been wanting to build this 3 years now. I'm on the part where I'm sticking the cardboard triangles together to form the body of the shield, but it seems way too flimsy, how do I make it more stiff and durable?</p>
<p>Hi there!</p><p>The shield will stiffen up as you complete the full circle shape. When you add the thick rope and some layers of duct tape it should stiffen up some more. Good luck!</p>
I've completed the full circle, but it still isn't stiff, and the center keeps sinking down, I used a thick book to support it.
<p>Love the whole idea of making your own shield.</p><p>Just wondering if I am going to make it for a costume and have no need for the Frisbee side of things can I leave the rope off?</p>
<p>I think you could reasonably do that. Although, I suspect the rope adds some stability to the disc-shape though. I haven't made a shield without the rope so I can't say for certain. If you decide to make it rope-less, let me know how it goes! :)</p>
<p>Friend please help me, I did not understand the printing method.</p><p>How do you reach the pictures in optimal size ???</p><p>The shield will be very small</p>
<p>That looks about right, actually. When you put the two halves of the pattern for the wedge piece, it should be about 10 inches long.</p>
<p>That was my doubts, I found small 10-inch size</p><p>Thank you for being kind to your visitors :)</p>
<p>Keep in mind that makes a shield that's 20 inches in diameter. You could even print the pattern a little bigger if you wanted a larger shield.</p>
<p>Friend please help me, I did not understand the printing method.</p><p>How do you reach the pictures in optimal size ???</p><p>The shield will be very small</p>
Thank you so much I was worried that there was a great shield that I don't have to spend over $50 for, and I will gladly post a pic when I finish it...
Sorry, &quot;I was glad&quot;, not worried
<p>That was fantastic. I was laughing seeing that the cute kid used the shield as a flying disc (Frisbee).</p><p>Here is a high quality replica construction of <a href="http://www.swordskingdom.com/captian-america-shield.html" rel="nofollow">Captain America Shield</a>.</p>
Can I get away with 20 yard rolls of duct tape, or do I need the larger rolls; 50ish yards? :) Love this!!!
<p>Hey, glad you like it!</p><p>20 yard rolls will definitely be enough for the white and blue portions, but it might not be enough for the red. I'd get a bigger roll of red just to be safe. </p><p>Good luck! Be sure to post a photo when you're done!</p>
I will for sure!! Ive read thru this tutorial a few times over the past 6 months! It's about time I actually construct it! ???
<p>I love this tutorial!!! My friend and I are going to be Steve and Bucky this halloween and she needs a shield. Me, being the crafty one, will probably make it. I was just wondering, what is the diameter of the shield? thanks!</p>
Glad you like it! I think the diameter is about 22 inches.
Thanks! I'll probably post pictures when I'm done with it :)
<p>Here's a photo of my sister's finished costume. She actually won a prize for it! Thank you for tutorial!! We had a lot of fun putting this together :D</p>
<p>Nice work, thank you for the photo. And congrats on winning a prize. That's awesome!</p>
<p>Thanks for the instructions! I used 3 layers of cardboard to make the shield more durable and different colored tape for a stealthier look.</p>
<p>Ooh, I dig it!</p><p>That looks really cool. I think I might be due up for a remake, but with your color scheme. Very badass!</p>
<p>so cool! (this was the only picture i had which was before I finished it) </p>
<p>Sweet! Any photos of it finished? I'd love to see how it turned out.</p>
<p>the ring is a bit off center but whatever :p</p>
<p>Hey, it looks good though! Very few people would even notice. Nice work!</p>
<p>Thanks :)</p>
<p>Awesome! Glad you were able to make yourself a shield. </p><p>Love your style too; way to rock the chucks!</p>
<p>Cool! Glad you were able to make one!</p>
My little sister and I made this with your instructions!! She did all the cardboard cutting and base layer of tape and I helped out with placing the circle, stripe, and star! We also forgot rope so ended up using a hoola hoop that I cut to the right size. Thank you for this awesome tutorial!!
thanks a lot. I love it
<p>I don't understand</p>
<p>The tutorial was really well done. My kids love it although it's a bit heavy for the 5 year old, my 8 yr old can give it a hefty throw. Thank you doing this!</p>
<p>Nice! I'm glad you were able to make one. Thank you for sharing the photo and the video!! :)</p>
<p>Hello!</p><p>Thanks for sharing this great idea.</p><p>I bought 3/8 inch rope by mistake...do you think this will work, or is it too small?</p><p>Thanks.</p>
thanks I'll be making this to proof that captain is better then iron man to my friend
<p>I really would like to make this but I was wondering if I can make it bigger. If i do will it still fly the same?</p>
<p>Really enjoyed making this. Gonna use it for a knock-the-cup-down game at my son's birthday party. Thanks for the great project.</p>
<p>Hey, you're very welcome! Your shield turned out looking really nice. Good work!</p>
Curious if the shield is throwable while holding the handles? Like Captain America in the comics/movies
<p>I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I'd say no. As far was I was able, it could only be thrown from the edge like a Frisbee.</p>
<p>Thanks for the great guide. Here is my attempt to go with the Cap. America morph suit. Only change I made was instead of rope I used some spare garden hose I had in the shed. Thanks again!</p>
<p>Hey, looks pretty good! Thanks for sharing this photos!</p><p>Did you run a race dressed as Captain America?</p>
No I didn't. It was for a fancy dress day at work. I also happened to test the Frisbee capabilities yesterday and it worked better than expected!

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