Introduction: Make an Indoor/outdoor Boomerang

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This originally designed to be indoor, but will work outdoors.
Make an indoor/outdoor boomerang that actually comes back.
I recently bought a three winged boomerang, it is the only boomerang that I have boughten that actually comes back. When I showed it to my friends they all wanted one, but there isn't any stores around here that sell them. I decided to make them copies that work.
If you have all the parts this can be a great day project for all ages.
This boomerang is safe to use in the house because it is made of styrofoam. The final boomerang will weigh only 0.3 ounces (six grams).
This boomerang will only go out about eight to ten feet and come back.
Use this in a large room with no air movement.

If you use this outside make sure there is very little wind. I like to use mine outside best.

You will have to move about a step or two to catch. As the video will show.
This will not come back 100% of the time.

Step 1: Materials

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The materials are very simple, and there isn't much to get.
All that you need to get is:
1-) 1 roll of aluminum duct tape (weight), normal duct tape will work, but still has to reach desired weight.
2-) 1 sheet of blue, Georgia Pacific, fan-fold (body of the boomerang)
3-) the pattern (in the pictures)
4-) utility knife
5-) scale (for weighing)
Both of the materials can be bought at Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, or any other hardware store.

The pattern is below, not quite sure how you are going to be able to print it out. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

Step 2: Cutting the Fan-fold

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Trace the pattern on to the fan-fold from the materials pictures. Cut the fan-fold using the pattern. To cut the fan-fold I used an utility knife.
This is probably the easiest step.

Step 3: Weight

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This is where the aluminum duct tape comes in. To put the tape on I cut the tape about 2 3/4 inches long, then I cut it into fourths. I took three of the fourths and put one in the middle of each wing. you should now have one of the fourths left. The final fourth I cut up into four small squares. I placed the small squares on the hook at the end of the wing and on part of the tape you just put on. The final small square should be put in the middle of the boomerang.

Step 4: Weighing

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Now you need to weigh the boomerang, if its not 6 grams (or 0.3 ounces) then add more tape in the same way as step 3 until you get desired weight. Most likely when you first weigh it it will not be the desired weight, so don't think you did something wrong.

Step 5: Throwing

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If you have followed the step correctly, you are done.
If you are right handed hold it with your right hand, the side with tape (front) should be facing to your left. If you are left handed, hold it with your left hand with the front facing your toward your right. Now your index finger should be on top of the hook, wrapped around from the back, your thumb should be in front of the hook. The rest of your hand should be almost a fist. The best way to actually throw this is just a gentle flick of the wrist, of course you have to release.

If it doesn't come back don't get angry, just keep trying and experimenting with the angle, weight, and throwing style. Make sure your not throwing to hard, it should only go out about eight to ten feet.
Record your results and tell me when you have finished. I'm very curious to know how it went and if there were any problems. I want to know what helped or made it worse in your opinion(sanded angles or no angles).


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Suleymankutluer (author)2015-02-02

Nice work. Thanks

witchiwotti (author)2010-02-14

I remember these!
check out the original @

younce (author)2009-10-27

it is very amazing jus with a few steps can create a safety toys for kids

EncasedDeath (author)younce2009-10-28

 yeah i wanted to make something fun to fly inside that is safe.

cantrell8 (author)2009-10-19

A good way to make a boomerang is to use  2 paint stirrers ,whitle doun the egees & hot glu them together

EncasedDeath (author)cantrell82009-10-19

 i saw a boomerang similar to that earlier on this site, but thanks i might make one later

thepelton (author)2009-10-13

I have a laser engraver.  I think I may use 1/16 inch plywood instead of the meat tray, but I may have to wait a couple of days because of my work before I can fly it.

EncasedDeath (author)thepelton2009-10-13

i think plywood is too heavy. if you are making it out of plywood because you can find the parts foam board will probably work or try this
this isnt to make money its to help

EncasedDeath (author)thepelton2009-10-13

i wonder if it will fly, im curious. let me know how it goes and if it works ill probably make one myself

dukich5536 (author)2009-10-12

Well, this might be a stupid question, why it's suppose to be 6g? Just curious.

EncasedDeath (author)dukich55362009-10-12

it works best when it is around 6g, but thanks for asking

thepelton (author)2009-10-12

Could you use some of that foam plastic from a supermarket meat tray?

EncasedDeath (author)thepelton2009-10-12

yes it should work as long as the wieghting is correct, tell me how it goes.

Re-design (author)2009-10-02

I've got some foam that has aluminum on both sides. My 7 year old nephew is coming over next week end and I think we'll make a few of these and see how they work. Thanks for the fun inst.

EncasedDeath (author)Re-design2009-10-11

how did it go?

Re-design (author)EncasedDeath2009-10-11

It's been raining so we're putting it off until better weather.  We did inside stuff this weekend.

EncasedDeath (author)Re-design2009-10-11 ok cool then try this, its very cool. i made one out of a cereal box today and it works great.

EncasedDeath (author)Re-design2009-10-02

no prob, thanks for telling me your making it nobody else is

scoobbrandon (author)2009-10-03

could i make it from a foam plate

yes if it is weighted correctly. but you will have to shrink the pattern when you print it

Ok I'm goin to make one soon

did it work? im thinking about making one for a pocket sized one.

sweet tell me how it goes, my dads been trying to get me to make one out of a syrofoam plate but i havent had time. thanks for telling me your going to make it

stack it up to make it quarter inch it may work

Carmelite (author)2009-10-08

 You could consider using a foam cutter (heated wire) or heat your knife over a candle to make it cut easier. The lines will be much smoother; it's like cutting through butter.

EncasedDeath (author)Carmelite2009-10-08

i dont have any problem cutting it but ok thanks.

zack247 (author)2009-10-03

im bookmarking this so i can make it when i have the time

EncasedDeath (author)zack2472009-10-03

oh sweet thanks!!!!

kevinhannan (author)2009-10-03

What a brilliant 'ible! Well documented, too! I'll be having a go at this with one of my unfortunate urchins! Thanks.

EncasedDeath (author)kevinhannan2009-10-03

thank you very much! Urchins?

Re-design (author)EncasedDeath2009-10-03

Children dependants.

Re-design (author)2009-10-02

How thick is your foam and do you shape the edges like an airplane wing or just leave it square?

EncasedDeath (author)Re-design2009-10-03

it is 1/4 inch thick, just found enough time to measure it.

EncasedDeath (author)Re-design2009-10-02

leave it square

EncasedDeath (author)Re-design2009-10-02

idk how thick, im not home so ill measure when i get home

ampeyro (author)2009-09-30

maybe if you put weight only in the end of the fans it accumulates more kinetic energy with the same weight, what could mean more fly time

EncasedDeath (author)ampeyro2009-09-30

try it. i will try it too. if u do it and find out before i let u know, then tell me.

ampeyro (author)EncasedDeath2009-10-03

I finally tested it, with a common 3 winged boomerang(from a 8-pack of cola cans) without anything added it flies normally, with 3 10 cent coins(euros, not dollars) on the center it just falls in a parabolic trajectory, with a coin in each wing it flies further but don't return (3 coins is a lot but I lost the aluminum tape and I didn't want to buy more)

EncasedDeath (author)ampeyro2009-10-03

ok i havent had time to test it yet

noah1r (author)2009-10-01

can i use foam core?

EncasedDeath (author)noah1r2009-10-01

it may be too thick, but give it a try it may work

Tommyhzy (author)EncasedDeath2009-10-03

Soak the foam core in water for half an hour, and gently rub off the paper. That literally halves the weight.

jsgraham (author)2009-09-30

The foam can be acquired at your local hardware store as either blue or pink insulation foam. It comes in various thickness. Or check with a local hobby store that specializes in RC plane building supplies. The foamy RC planes are made of a similar foam. Cool instructable. Good cheap fun for the dog to chase.

EncasedDeath (author)jsgraham2009-09-30

my cats love them and attack them in flight, maybe your dog will do something similar.

EncasedDeath (author)jsgraham2009-09-30

ok, i got mine at hardware store. i didnt go to hobby shop because we dont have one near my house.

EncasedDeath (author)2009-09-30

sweet, go for it, if you have problems let me know. let me know how it goes.

pastmaster (author)2009-09-29

to print it you can copy the image and paste it on a word document.

EncasedDeath (author)pastmaster2009-09-29

thanks that helps a lot, i couldnt figure out what to do.

A.C.E. (author)EncasedDeath2009-09-30

Probably the best way is to do like pastmaster said and print it using microsoft word or an image viewer, then like tape it to the fan fold and cut it. or wait... no you said tract it on? you that would probably work better. so its indoor because its made of foam but in the video it had to go pretty high.. i still know some places though. good instructable.

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