How to Make a Paper Boomerang

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The first boomerang is thought to have originated in Poland and was bent on a center access with two legs. The boomerang that we know today is a toy and sporting stick that is commonly associated with the Frisbee and is marked by an uncanny ability to spin on an access that returns it to the person who threw it. Though creating a boomerang by hand that has the aerodynamic capabilities and then mastering the art of throwing it so that it actually does return to you is tricky at best, there are many other ways to enjoy a boomerang. Modern day sporting events measure maximum float time and accuracy of return as well as endurance and catching pace in order to win popular boomerang games like Aussie Round and Trick or Fast Catch, two popular boomerang games in Australia.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty cereal box
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Create a boomerang leg pattern. A boomerang is made with three equal legs. The left side of the leg is bent slightly inward, while the right side of the leg is bent slightly outward. Each leg should be identical, so trace one leg to use as a pattern for the other legs.

  • Cut your boomerang leg pattern out.

  • Trace your boomerang outline. On a thick piece of paper, like card stock or an empty cereal box, trace the body of the boomerang using your boomerang leg pattern from Step 1. Use a ruler to make sure that each leg is equidistant from the next.

  • Cut out the boomerang body. Using scissors, remove the traced boomerang from the paper, being careful to stay on the lines so as not to change the shape of the traced outline.

  • Fold your edges. Each of the boomerangs legs should turn at slight angle to the left. Using this upward bend as a guide, fold the tip to make an edge, by folding along the dotted red line. This edge will help the aerodynamics of your boomerangs flight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make your boomerang stronger by adding gluing two or three layers of cards stock together.
  • Use markers or paint to decorate your boomerang.

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