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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

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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.
 
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when i try to open the pdf it wont, can you help?
seamster (author)  Kurohitsujii2 years ago
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.
Cava7213 days ago
Can I get away with 20 yard rolls of duct tape, or do I need the larger rolls; 50ish yards? :) Love this!!!
seamster (author)  Cava7213 days ago

Hey, glad you like it!

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.

Good luck! Be sure to post a photo when you're done!

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! ???
lsink1316 days ago

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!

seamster (author)  lsink1315 days ago
Glad you like it! I think the diameter is about 22 inches.
Thanks! I'll probably post pictures when I'm done with it :)
Ravendorsalley made it!20 days ago

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

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seamster (author)  Ravendorsalley19 days ago

Nice work, thank you for the photo. And congrats on winning a prize. That's awesome!

cchai22 made it!22 days ago

Thanks for the instructions! I used 3 layers of cardboard to make the shield more durable and different colored tape for a stealthier look.

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seamster (author)  cchai2221 days ago

Ooh, I dig it!

That looks really cool. I think I might be due up for a remake, but with your color scheme. Very badass!

thatnewkid made it!1 month ago

so cool! (this was the only picture i had which was before I finished it)

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seamster (author)  thatnewkid1 month ago

Sweet! Any photos of it finished? I'd love to see how it turned out.

the ring is a bit off center but whatever :p

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seamster (author)  thatnewkid1 month ago

Hey, it looks good though! Very few people would even notice. Nice work!

LucieP2 months ago

Thanks :)

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seamster (author)  LucieP1 month ago

Awesome! Glad you were able to make yourself a shield.

Love your style too; way to rock the chucks!

TheAwesomeAditya made it!1 month ago
THIS IS AWESOME
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seamster (author)  TheAwesomeAditya1 month ago

Cool! Glad you were able to make one!

Ravendorsalley made it!1 month ago
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!!
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TheAwesomeAditya made it!1 month ago
thanks a lot. I love it
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StefanieB1 made it!2 months ago

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!

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seamster (author)  StefanieB12 months ago

Nice! I'm glad you were able to make one. Thank you for sharing the photo and the video!! :)

Rick19712 months ago

Hello!

Thanks for sharing this great idea.

I bought 3/8 inch rope by mistake...do you think this will work, or is it too small?

Thanks.

thanks I'll be making this to proof that captain is better then iron man to my friend
heyo142 months ago

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?

soulpumpkin made it!2 months ago

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.

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seamster (author)  soulpumpkin2 months ago

Hey, you're very welcome! Your shield turned out looking really nice. Good work!

Bilzoogus2 months ago
Curious if the shield is throwable while holding the handles? Like Captain America in the comics/movies
seamster (author)  Bilzoogus2 months ago

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.

CraigB13 made it!3 months ago

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!

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seamster (author)  CraigB133 months ago

Hey, looks pretty good! Thanks for sharing this photos!

Did you run a race dressed as Captain America?

CraigB13 seamster2 months ago
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!
May i ask did you really trace the black line or you used a ruler too make it straight?
ElizabethS103 months ago
two questions, what size paper do you print the pdf onto?
And how much cardboard is needed?
seamster (author)  ElizabethS103 months ago

You need 8.5" by 11" standard office paper. For the cardboard, I think I used a couple of small boxes worth.. I really can't say exactly.

Thanks for answering so quickly! I guess I'll figure it out on the cardboard...

lynx26763 months ago
what whith of cardboad do you need
wilburckwong made it!4 months ago
Thanks seamster. This is a replicate from Hong Kong in the Asia!
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