How to Make a Homemade Batarang

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How to Make a Homemade Batarang
Originally, Batman's boomerang was spelt "baterang." (Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Batman's modified boomerang, nicknamed batarang, first appear in issue 31 of "Detective Comics" where Batman uses it to escape from a cage by switching a distant lever and breaking a chandelier. Despite their lethal force, Batman never uses his batarangs to kill opponents, as the violent deaths of his parents caused him to forswear such methods. Since this first appearance in 1939, artists reimagined the batarang many times, adding additional decoration and function such as collapsible wings and a stylised batlike appearance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Non-corrugated cardboard
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Tin foil
  • Glue
  • Black paint

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Instructions

    Original Design

  1. 1

    Draw a crescent that opens downward on a piece of cardboard. Sketch a semicircle, with the horizontal line on the bottom. Draw an arch from the left corner of the base to the right corner of the base. Erase the horizontal line leaving the crescent behind.

  2. 2

    Draw arches along the interior curve of the crescent to form a scalloped edge resembling a bat's wing.

  3. 3

    Cut out the shape.

  4. 4

    Glue the cut-out to a piece of tin foil. Fold the edges of the tin foil over the shape and conform them to the cardboard. If necessary, cut the tin foil to permit more folds and get rid of excess.

  5. 5

    Spray paint the batarang black. Dry for 48 to 72 hours in a well-ventilated area.

    Modern Design

  1. 1

    Draw a straight horizontal line 6 inches long on the piece of cardboard. Sketch a vertical line in the middle of the horizontal line. Extend the line 1 inch above and 2 inches below the horizontal line.

  2. 2

    Connect the ends of the horizontal line and the bottom of the vertical line to form a triangle.

  3. 3

    Measure along the horizontal line 2 inches from the left end and place a mark. Repeat on the right.

  4. 4

    Draw three straight lines between the mark on the horizontal line and the side of the triangle to form the fingers of the batarang wings.

  5. 5

    Draw a semicircular arch between the tip of each finger to form the flap of skin between each digit.

  6. 6

    Draw a 1-inch wide circular head centred on the horizontal line where it intersects with the vertical line.

  7. 7

    Add an upright triangular protrusion on either side of the head to form the ears.

  8. 8

    Trace over the outline of the batarang. Erase any unnecessary lines.

  9. 9

    Cut out the shape.

  10. 10

    Glue the batarang down onto a sheet of tin foil. Cut and fold the tin foil so that it covers the cardboard tightly conforming to the shape of the batarang. Snip the edge of the tin foil so that it has fingers like a rivet and then bend the fingers over the edges of the cardboard shape.

  11. 11

    Spray paint the batarang black.

Tips and warnings

  • A cardboard batarang is a great prop for kids or costumed events where functional weapons are not allowed. However, you can make your batarang more realistic by adding a fibreglass coating instead of tin foil. Coat the cardboard with gel coat and then apply fibreglass matting, folding the fibres around the edges of the cardboard until smooth. Sand and paint as desired.
  • Batman had over a dozen speciality batarangs, including ones with a policeman whistle, harpoon, flashlight and magnet.
  • Do not throw your batarang at people or animals.

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