Making Your Own Frisbee Discs

Frisbee discs are still one of the most enjoyable outdoor toys, and they come in a range of sizes, shapes, colors, and styles. While you can always buy a frisbee, it is also easy to make your own if you would like one that is more personalized. Heavy poster board is one of the more commonly-used materials for homemade Frisbees, since it is fairly durable. These types of Frisbees usually don't travel quite as far as standard plastic ones, but they can be quite a bit more versatile. The key to success with this project is to have your pieces of poster board cut completely square in order to create an evenly-shaped Frisbee disc.

What You Will Need:

  • 8 squares of heavy poster board
  • Tape
  • Colored markers
  • Poster paint (optional)
  • Other decorative craft supplies

Step 1 -- Select Poster Board

It is recommended to purchase some poster board that is at least medium thickness for this project. Your poster board can be any color, though white is a good option if you plan to create your own designs on your Frisbee with markers or paint. You can also purchase poster board squares in different colors for a bright and unique Frisbee design. Art supply stores are usually the best sources for quality poster board, and many offer professional cutting services for accurate size and measurements. The exact size of your poster board squares will determine the final size of your Frisbee, and keep in mind that smaller Frisbees will fly greater distances.

Step 2 -- Create Diagonal Folds

With your first square of poster board, fold it towards its center diagonally from one end to the other. Hold this triangular piece so that the longest folded end is facing you. Take the right-hand corner and fold it upwards towards the center so that a triangle flap is formed. Repeat this same folding process on the remaining 7 squares of poster board.

Step 3 -- Fit Pieces Together

Once all of your poster board pieces are folded as described in step 2, fit them together by sliding the non-folded triangular section underneath the folded flap of the piece next to it. After all of these are correctly joined together, you should have a circular disk shape based off the size of the original poster board squares. Turn your Frisbee over so that the loose flaps are facing you; tape these in place so that they are somewhat raised from the rest of the disc. Give your Frisbee a few test throws to make sure it flies correctly. If not, you may need to make some adjustments and re-tape some of the flaps.

Step 4 -- Decorate Your Frisbee

Personalize your Frisbee with paint, markers, colored pencils, decals, and/or any other types of craft supplies. The only limit is your imagination. Allow any poster paint or glue at least a few hours to dry. Keep in mind that heavily painted Frisbees may not fly as far, so moderation may be best when it comes to using paint.