Throwing Knife/batarang/shuriken Thingy




 Ok, this is my first  instructable (kind of), so please, constructive critisism only.
There were no instructables on how to make a paper batarang, so i decided to go off and make one myself, and so here it is.

now for all the stuff about telling you guys not to go and poke someone's eye out, please use this with some common sense, as it can seriously hurt someone. This has cut up plants when I have thrown it (accidentally). So now in big letters: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY HARM THAT COMES FROM USING/BUILDING THIS PAPER BATARANG THINGY, PLEASE USE YOUR OWN COMMON SENSE WHILE USING THIS OBJECT. Now that im done with that, I must say that using "batarang thingy" did not sound right in that sentence.

Step 1: #1) Supplies:

 Ok here is what you will need to make one of these things,

- two pieces of letter sized paper (preferably already made into paper claws)
- a roll of duct tape
- scissors
- stapler (optional)
- hands and fingers (including opposable thumbs)
- the ability to read and follow directions

Note: If you do not know how to make paper claws, here is the link:!/

Step 2: #2) Assembling the Batarang Thingy

 #1) Take the two paper claws and open up one of the finger holes a little bit and press the other one together
#2) Put the closed finger hole into the opened finger hole until it fits snugly.
#3) Staple it on the middle triangle thing.

Note: use one of those paper pro staplers or one of them that go bang when you push down with one finger for best results. (Stapling is not absolutely necessary.) 

Step 3: #3) Wrapping It All Up

 Now here is the hard part, follow the directions very closely. try to make the whole thing flat as possible now, as in squeeze the air out of it when you tape it. and make it look neat.

#1) take a 3.5 inch piece of tape and tape it from the hypotenuse of the right traingle in the middle straight downwards.make the top part of the tape go a little bit onto the other side. make this peice of tape very tight.(pic 1)
#2) Cut down the middle of the piece of tape hanging off.(pic 2)
#3) Take one half of the tape and wrap it around the 'leg' of the batarang and make sure to not get any wrinkles at the turns (when it goes from one side to the other).(pics 3&4).
#4) Do the same for the other half of tape.(pic 5)
#5) Do steps 1-4 on the other side of the batarang.(pic 6)
#6) take a 6 inch piece of tape and start from the little edge of paper that is left on the side of the claw and go towards the edge and off the edge and keep wrapping like in step 3.(pics 7-10)
#7) When you get to something like the 10th pic then cut out the outer corner like in the 11th pic (save this corner!).then fold (12th pic), then fold the top flap down (13th pic)
#8) do steps 6&7 for the other side (14th pic)
#9) use the corners that you cut off to cover the little bare triangles.(15th pic)
#10) repeat steps 1-5 (sorry forgot about pic).
#11) (im getting tired of this) take small peices of tape and wrap them around the ends and let a little bit hang off to pad the corners.(16th pic)
#12) if you didnt get one word of this then just cover up the whole thing and do # 11.

Step 4: #4) Finished With the Batarang!

 your finished!

Step 5: How to Throw

Hold the batarang from the point and hold it in such a way that your hand is bent back a little, and the other point is touching your wrist. (so its like an arch coming out of your bent wrist) and throw with a flicjing motion, but form the outside of your body. (unlike a frisbee, where the palm of you hand is closer to the forearm but then when you flick it gets farther from your forearm, the flick should start with the back of your hand closer to the forearm but then getting farther away from it.) if you hold it with the other point (the one your not holding) away from your forearm, it will be a long ranged high throw, (I think). overhand throws may also be considered.

Credit also goes to:
Robb4248 for publishing the paper claws article.

Step 6:

 how to make a mini paper batarang:

use all of the above tools and methods except size down all the measurements by the same proportion (e.g. instead of letter sized, used a size that is proportionally 1/2 of a letter sized sheet (4.25x5.5), instead of 6 inch ppiece of tape, use 3 inch, instead of whole width of tape, use 1/2 the width, etc.)

i find the one made out of a 3:4 scale makes the best batarang (8.25x6.375" sheet of paper, everything else scaled down 3/4 of the way)



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    10 Discussions

    I didnt use the claw design but i cut out the same shape with 8 layers of paper and it worked. cool idea.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The link for the paper claws goes to a removed instructable...
    I found a video on youtube that shows how to make the claws >>


    8 years ago on Introduction

    ima try this right now and btw can u use an index card for mini ones and instead of duct tape can i use packaging tape

    3 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    You can use both, but the index cards are going to be too thick to fold easily, but if you think you can manage it, then go ahead. (and tell me if it worked or not, too) but the packaging tape is well.... meh. the duct tape is used to keep it together as well as add weight to it, so if you have some kind of heavy packaging tape, it might work, but I think it should work even if you you have light packaging tape.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    thnx for the tip but the index card thing did work but i noticed tht with packaging tape its too light so it wont throw straight all the time (btw u wer right about bein cut by tht thing cuz i got a couple scratches on my face from my bro throwin it at me


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    u can do both, but for me vertically tends to go straight down for some reason. But throw vertically for accuracy on the horizontal axis, and hold horizontally for accuracy on the vertical axis.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     if you mean the claws then i have provided a link in step #1