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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:

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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.
LucieP4 days ago

Thanks :)

StefanieB1 made it!5 days 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)  StefanieB15 days ago

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

Rick197111 days ago


Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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


thanks I'll be making this to proof that captain is better then iron man to my friend
heyo1413 days 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!17 days 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.

seamster (author)  soulpumpkin17 days ago

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

Bilzoogus21 days ago
Curious if the shield is throwable while holding the handles? Like Captain America in the comics/movies
seamster (author)  Bilzoogus19 days 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!1 month 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!

seamster (author)  CraigB131 month ago

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

Did you run a race dressed as Captain America?

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?
ElizabethS102 months ago
two questions, what size paper do you print the pdf onto?
And how much cardboard is needed?
seamster (author)  ElizabethS102 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...

lynx26762 months ago
what whith of cardboad do you need
wilburckwong made it!2 months ago
Thanks seamster. This is a replicate from Hong Kong in the Asia!
seamster (author)  wilburckwong2 months ago

Very nice! You shield looks excellent. Thank you for the photos!

kkazuto774 made it!2 months ago
Finished my shield! And I must say: I'm proud of it! Definitely taking this to Avengers: Age of Ultron! Thanks a lot!
seamster (author)  kkazuto7742 months ago

Awesome! Glad you were able to make one. Everyone at the movie will be jealous!

Be sure to tell them where to find the tutorial! ;)

AG3NT_47 made it!2 months ago
Really awesome job bro. Perfect to take to the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thanks a ton! Didn't have duct tape so ended up using paper and worked out great
seamster (author)  AG3NT_472 months ago

Hey, nice job!

I think using paper instead of duct tape is a first! I like the clean, classic look of it. Thanks for sharing the photo here!

kirei.kotomine.7 made it!2 months ago

Thank for the great and easy to do instruction. I made a few adjustment with your step ( using colored Decal instead of tape). The rest is just Stick and Stick.
The 1st one on the left kinda Flat due to applying to much pressure on the surface while stick the decal on. My second look better Though. Once Again , Thank You.

seamster (author)  kirei.kotomine.72 months ago

Nice! Thanks for sharing the photo--the shields look pretty good!

kkazuto7742 months ago
This is awesome, dude! I was panicking because I'm going to the premier of Avengers: Age of Ultron next week and needed something awesome. Definitely making this! Thanks. I'll post pictures when I'm done!
seamster (author)  kkazuto7742 months ago

Glad you found this! If you're feeling really ambitious (and happen to have an old satellite dish available), you ought to try my metal version:

Whatever you do, best of luck! Can't wait to see how your shield turns out!

driley10uk2 months ago
Good fun build. I found when cutting the star/blue circle/white ring out that sticking the tape to greaseproof paper first really helped. That way you can cut out the pieces easily and they have a peel off backing that makes it really easy to apply.
seamster (author)  driley10uk2 months ago

Awesome! Good tip too on the greaseproof paper. Thank you for sharing the photo!

Yodilee made it!2 months ago
Thank you thank you for these super easy to follow instructions and the template! I was able to knock this out in an afternoon. I accidentally printed at like 150% so I ended up having to take two inches off the diameter, but everything was still in proportion to do this. So excited--thank you! Going to be volunteering with a superhero group as American Dream.
seamster (author)  Yodilee2 months ago

Very cool! I'm glad you found this and were able to make one. Love the idea of volunteering with a group like that. Thanks for sharing your photo, I love to see that people are still finding this and making captain shields with it!

ashbrian made it!2 months ago
Thanks so much for this demo. My boys love their shields.
seamster (author)  ashbrian2 months ago

Oh, awesome!

I love the batman one a lot. They both look like they turned out great (the shields, not the boys--they look a bit mischievous).

;) Thanks for sharing the photo!

TheFrankTurk3 months ago

You know: I am a huge fan of Cap Shield builds. Most of them are trying to make a final product that looks as metallic and realistic as possible. I'm a fan of this build because being able to throw your shield is every Cap fan's dream.

This is a great instructable. Keep up the good work.

seamster (author)  TheFrankTurk3 months ago

Thank you! My kids loved this and it's long-since been destroyed by overuse.

Might be time to make a new one! :)

stupidname3 months ago
I made it and it is so cool!
jayden_tunstall made it!3 months ago

I'm going to London Comic Con this year and I am cosplaying as a female Captain America. I had been searching for a shield but all the ones I had found were either too small or too expensive. I found this but used different materials such as coloured card and wrapping paper. I also used spare shoelaces for the straps. I am really proud of this, thank you,

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