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I originally saw this idea of a Shuriken USB on the internet and decided to make one of my own. I thought of a simple and quick way to replicate the idea using foam cored poster board. So by following these simple steps you too can make your own and have a cool looking USB.

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Step 1: Materials

These are all you will need to make your own Shuriken USB:
a ruler
a pen
a needle/pin
a x-acto knife
a piece of paper
Foam core poster board
a glue stick
a hot glue gun
Paints (and any extra materials to colour or design your USB)

Step 2: Design

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This step is really up to you. Just draw the outline of the design of your Shuriken onto a piece of paper. Mine is a simple four pointed star.

NOTE: your design must accommodate for the size of the USB you are using

Step 3: Transferring the design

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Now you will need to transfer your design onto the foam core poster board. Just place your design on the paper over the board and use the needle to plot points onto the board. Then just join these points together by drawing a line on the poster board.

NOTE: do this step twice as your Shuriken will be two cut outs stuck together to accommodate the thickness of the USB

Step 4: Cutting out

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Now its time to cut out the Shuriken. Use an x-acto knife and cut along your lines carefully. Remember to cut out two pieces.

NOTE: take time to cut your lines to keep them straight. Make sure your lines are cut properly to avoid tearing the poster board.
Lone Predator11 months ago

Hi great design! How strong is it? I feel like if I make one its going to break :/ Does the PVA strengthen it much?

remo22 years ago
Hey, I think you should modify it so that each "blade" is a usb drive (4 total)
Although i don't think they will all fit with the size that you have but, there are smaller ones out there
Chirpoff3 years ago
Yours is the coolest looking USB to make it to the finalists, in my opinion. Nice job, and congrats!
eyefail (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
thanks mate, i liked yours too
Sure, and glad you liked it!
chicopluma3 years ago
that looks awsome, makes a simple work transference into somthing epic
eyefail (author)  chicopluma3 years ago
thanks mate
id you use hot glue gun to glue in the usb, or did you use epoxy or super glue? im almost done, just need this one simle question to be answered.
eyefail (author)  shadow wave rider3 years ago
I would reecomend using hot glue like i did, it fills in the spaces around the USB a lot better and the overall strength of the bond isnt too important

bgulmon3 years ago
the acrylic is important. Without it, the foam 'recedes' and you will need to start over.
eyefail (author)  bgulmon3 years ago
yep, it would ruin everything
bgulmon eyefail3 years ago
I didn't read all the instructions while i was working on this, so i just went ahead and spray painted it. Whoops... learning new things every day
eyefail (author)  bgulmon3 years ago
bgulmon3 years ago
do you think a USB cap is necessary, or will the foam core board be enough?
eyefail (author)  bgulmon3 years ago
it will work either way, you can use the cap to make the top stay on better but it is not needed if you dont want to
did you take the case off the usb before you attached the shariken design to it?
eyefail (author)  shadow wave rider3 years ago
no you dont need to, you just cut to the size of the case. Its up to you.
how thick is the poster board you used
eyefail (author)  shadow wave rider3 years ago
it is 5mm thick poster board
this is awesome. i voted for you in both contest enties.
eyefail (author)  shadow wave rider3 years ago
thanks mate
ninja_maker3 years ago
what kind of paint did u use on the front & back of the shuriken?
eyefail (author)  ninja_maker3 years ago
i first sealed it with just a pva glue, then coated it in a couple light coats of spray paint, you could also clear coat it to make it shiny

ninja_maker3 years ago
hey coul you do this with just the insides of the usb? oFTo
eyefail (author)  ninja_maker3 years ago
yeah, just cut out a little less to make the circuit board fit snug to avoid damage

splazem3 years ago
Cool beans!
eyefail (author)  splazem3 years ago
thanks mate, please vote
astroboy9073 years ago
Thats just awesum. My sis would love it... nin-star headphone holder anyone?
That would be amazing. Nin-Star Headphone holder. Yeah!
eyefail (author)  astroboy9073 years ago
thank you very much and dont forget to vote
Awesome ible! Ima full ninja fan anyway. But i don't think i'd throw this one.
Great Work!!
capricorn3 years ago
The amount you Rule is beyond words good Sir :D

I wnated to use Fimo, but your design is better

Thank you for sharing :)
eyefail (author)  capricorn3 years ago
Thanks for your comment and please vote for this instructable