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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.
alyson.greenall made it!2 days 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.

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

davejimmy.rankin made it!5 days ago

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

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seamster (author)  davejimmy.rankin5 days ago

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

davejimmy.rankin made it!5 days ago

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

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

seamster (author)  baseball42295 days 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!

Dovakin9 days ago
Used the same shield template, just my own style! Knight Solarie style!
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Absorbaloff made it!12 days 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. :)

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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!!

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seamster (author)  kelly.j.roach.113 days ago

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

Pavlina20 made it!1 month 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.

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seamster (author)  Pavlina201 month 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.fulford2 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.

TBrickman2 months ago

dude nice you were my first commenter on my crossbow!

LanYamato made it!2 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

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seamster (author)  LanYamato2 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!

middle0073 months ago

is it better to stick all the triangles together then bend them so you have all right or do it your way and could have some pieces bent differently.

seamster (author)  middle0073 months ago
You need to curve them first, then glue them together. You won't get the correct dome shape if you glue them together first. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.
irontom533 months ago

thinking of altering youre method to make a wooden shield ...im thinking about just doing the triangle pieces of the base out of a thin board then sanding circularly to give the movie brushed effect provided I can bend the board haha will keep you updated

seamster (author)  irontom533 months ago
Cool idea. Give it a shot, and let me know how it goes. Good luck!
jmaduro made it!3 months ago

Just finished it today:) it was really fun to make!! Thank you Seamster for this cool instructables.

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seamster (author)  jmaduro3 months ago
Looks great! Glad you found the pattern and were able to make one!
Enchanting_ELK made it!4 months ago

Thanks so much for this! Here's a photo of me the other weekend as Captain America with an Iron-Man! Unfortunately I ran out of silver and red tape the night before, so with the red I had to remove some of the extra that'd be unseen and reuse it for the middle circle :'D and used paper for the white circle! I'm going to complete it properly when I get some more silver tape haha. I also added a strap so that I could carry it on my shoulder! c:

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brose9 made it!4 months ago

This worked so well! I got so many compliments from people at the con. Only took me a week whenever I had free time :) thanks for the awesome guide!

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seamster (author)  brose94 months ago

You're welcome! Glad you found it and it worked for you. Thanks for the photo! The rest your costume looks great, did you make it?

Finally! It took my two days to do This for my Final project. A+, here I come!!

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Awesome! Glad you were able to make one.

I've been assigned my final exam project for my AVID class. Were supposed to teach our tutorial group on how to make something. That's when I found this webpage, this shield looks so cool! I'm having trouble finding the appropriate cardboard though. Even though I have all the other materials listed. Where can I find double ply cardboard?

Many shipping boxes are a thicker type of cardboard that would work well. I'd check with a local grocery store and ask if they have any cardboard you could have. But in reality, most basic cardboard would work fine.

Is it mandatory to use card stock paper for the printout?

No. I just suggest that because you will cut out the pattern pieces and use them as templates which you will have to trace over and over. The pattern pieces will hold up better and be easier to trace if they are made of something a little sturdier, like card stock.

You could just use regular office paper, but it's harder to trace repeatedly. Another option would be to transfer the initial printout pattern pieces to something a little stiffer, like cardboard from a cereal box.

ok, what I've been doing is just using the template once and then use the card board to repeat the shapes

Ok, thank you!

cristoph4 months ago
I'm using just the shield template for a spartan 300 shield
RoyalWeirdo5 months ago

How big should the print out be?

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