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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.
stupidname5 days ago
I made it and it is so cool!
jayden_tunstall made it!11 days 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,

seamster (author)  jayden_tunstall11 days ago

Awesome! Glad you found this and were able to get a bit of help from it. Your costume sounds great. Thank you for the comment and the photo!

ricardod3 made it!14 days ago

greetings from the Philippines!!!

tyvm for the instruction materials. my son and i really enjoyed doing it. due to budget & availability constraints, we used duck tape at the back portion of the shield only, the rest was made by applying packing tapes.:):):)

seamster (author)  ricardod314 days ago

Hey, awesome! Your shield looks great. I'm glad you found this tutorial and were able to make one with your son!

_solovable made it!1 month ago

thanks for the great tutorial! :) i did it today, i just used colored paper for it, it also worked. Greetings and thank you from Germany

karolinka2251 made it!1 month ago

Hi. I'm a woman, so I am proud that i managed that :D
Just finished a shield for my 3 year old son.
It isn't perfect, and not as cool as yours, but my son i happy anyway :)
Thank you for this tutorial!
Greetings from Poland! :)

seamster (author)  karolinka22511 month ago

Your shield looks great! I'm sure your little boy will love it. Thanks for sharing your photos!

Topzmad11 months ago

I am 14 and dont have access to tools like this, and cant get any diffrent color ducktape. Do you have any other methods that i could use?

At first I thought I was going to have the same problem, for tools use your mom' kitchen cutting board to cut the duct tape, kitchen scissors for the cardboard and for the colors use acrilyc paint very cheap at walmart like .50cents may need lots of layers but it works. I found the duct tape, and are trying the glow in the dark white paint for the start..just try and have fun ...
.just a suggestion ?
seamster (author)  Topzmad11 months ago

Hmm. I'm not sure of any other methods you could use. You might be getting to that age where you can get a little job, save up some cash, and buy yourself some supplies. In fact, you might be able to track down a lot of the stuff you need for free. Just ask around.

I'd recommend starting with a small cutting mat, an exacto blade, decent scissors, and a glue gun. These basic things will open up a lot of creative possibilities for you. I started gathering stuff like this when I was about your age, and put all my stuff in an old fishing tackle box, which I still have 20+ years later!

baseball42295 months ago

If you don't have a cutting mat or cutting table how would I mark the templates onto the duct tape?

My 2 sons (7&10) and I just finish this project, didnt have the tools, so instead of a mat I used my kitchen cutting board, it worked great ?
seamster (author)  baseball42295 months ago

I'm not sure. Tools are required for most crafty endeavors, and a cutting mat and exacto blades are pretty basic.

Here's an excellent mat for not a lot of moolah: 18" by 24" Alvin double sided cutting mat on amazon

You can save money by getting a smaller one, or spend a little more to get a bigger one. Whatever you do, don't buy an Olfa brand one from a fabric store. They are ridiculously over-priced and only single-sided. (Although that's what I have, I would never repurchase. I actually have an Alvin one on the way right now.)

Hope that helps!

joshua.chaplin.1 made it!2 months ago

Thanks for this instructable. For halloween this year my son wanted to go as Captain America, so I started making the shield. Then he changed his mind and wanted to be Batman. Well, I wasn't about to stop making the shield; hence the creation of 'Batman America'. My son especially enjoys the detachable batarang I added to the front of the bat shield.

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seamster (author)  joshua.chaplin.12 months ago

Awesome, this is so cool! You get major bonus points for originality!

bastiaan.stapel made it!2 months ago

Had tons of fun making it, but the best part is my happy grandson!

seamster (author)  bastiaan.stapel2 months ago

Awesome! Glad you found this and were able to make one. Thanks for sharing the photo!

williaml63 months ago

i am makeing a shield useing your plan but i am adding handles from the movies i am haveinf fun trying get them added

When I print out the templates they look way too small.

seamster (author)  katelyn.elizabeth.14664 months ago

Hmm. That is odd. See step 2, where the pieces are cut out and laying on my cutting mat, and compare the relative sizes with yours. For example, the piece for the center blue circle looks to be just over 4.5 inches long.

If your printer is "scaling" or shrinking to fit the page, make sure those settings are turned off. Good luck, let me know if you get it sorted out!

alyson.greenall made it!5 months ago

I made a few errors, like I glued the cardboard wrong so I had to add an extra slice to get it to close, otherwise the center would point out. I'm going to add a strap so it can go over my back.


Brilliant! Really easy instructions. The hardest part seemed to obtain coloured duct tape!

davejimmy.rankin made it!5 months ago

Done it :) Ran Great South Run 10 Mile Event in England in outfit with shield :)

seamster (author)  davejimmy.rankin5 months ago

Hey, this looks great! Thanks for sharing your photo. I appreciated it quite a bit!

davejimmy.rankin made it!5 months ago

Made it, looks great Ran Great South Run 10 mile event in England

Dovakin5 months ago
Used the same shield template, just my own style! Knight Solarie style!
Absorbaloff made it!5 months ago

Thanks for the great tutorial! It was really fun to make and it turned out pretty well I think. I added an across-the-chest strap so I could wear it on my back too. :)


Thank you SO much for your awesome instructions!!! One Captain America Shield complete and one very happy 10 year old!!! We are ready for Halloween thanks to you!! The only thing we changed was the white tape. We used silver instead to make it look more like the Winter Soldier edition. Kudos to you for taking the time to help so many of us complete this project!! :) THANK YOU!!

seamster (author)  kelly.j.roach.15 months ago

My pleasure completely! Glad you found this and were able to make one. The silver looks excellent!

Pavlina20 made it!6 months ago

Very cool. This is the second one I have made. It's for a Sailor Moon/Captain America crossover. I didn't make it fly, but pretty cool. My kids want me to make a flying one, so I'll be doing that one next.

seamster (author)  Pavlina206 months ago

Nice mashup! Thank you for the photo! Glad you found this and were able to make one.

hi once you print the Plans out, how to you know what the measurements are when you make a real size shield?, i only have A4 printer?

seamster (author)  warrick.fulford7 months ago

Just print directly with no scaling, or resizing of the PDF. The pattern pieces are ready to go as is. Does that answer your question? I'm unclear on what you are asking.

TBrickman7 months ago

dude nice you were my first commenter on my crossbow!

LanYamato made it!7 months ago

I really appreciate what you made thank you so much :D It took me a while to make this. I wanted to do this since the first movie came out but I was busy with school work. I've made mine with silver duct tape for the movie effect and separated the star pieces a bit to give it more of a look also panel lined the shield. It's already warped due to excessive play hehe I was thinking what other materials can you put in the shield to make it more durable? A thought I had would be to make 2 or 3 cardboard shields and lay them on each other with the seams alternating would that be feasible? Again thanks for this wonderful work! :D

seamster (author)  LanYamato7 months ago

That looks great! One of the best I've seen, I think.

You could definitely make additional layers of cardboard. Each additional layer underneath the top one would stick out a little, so you'd have to trim off probably a couple centimeters all around. Don't know if it would fly very well, but I'm guessing you're going for more durability rather than fly-ability!

Glad you posted the photo. Thanks!

Yeah hahaha am also considering some rubber foam though I never really worked with that stuff. It was just suggested by my friends who cosplay. Well we throw it by the strap :D The fly-ability issue with the added layers won't be a problem I suppose since we have momentum and such :). Also thanks for the trimming tip on the edges!

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