View Full Version : realy cheap kunai tutorial

11-06-2005, 03:17 AM
i made my kunai out of cardborad for about 70 cents and takes about 2 hours, it truned out rather strong and not too bad looking

thought this might help you guys who don't wanna pay 15 bucks for one on ebay
*update* heres a new printilbe pattren made by unknowbie for the kunai may make thing easyer for everyone its still in beta testing so if thiers any bugs just let us know and we'll work on it.

love to see pics if anyone of you use this ;) and sorry about my writer i know it sucks.....

heres a Shuriken tutorial it realy shouldn't cost more than 50cents and this is basicly what you'll get

1. cut the shape of the Shuriken than two more the same but for the peaks of the blades beign shorter than the frist and two rings
2. glue all five pieces togetter

3. fill all the flat edges with hotglue and smoth with the tip of the gun this inclueds the hole aswell
4. fill all the blades edges with a sthick beed of glue and let cool
5. cut away the extra glue
6.paint than detail with a shrapie

and heres a new printilbe verson of the shuriken tutotial edited my unknowbie realy awesome job

11-06-2005, 09:36 AM
hey, least you have the main steps down.
1) always remember to draw at least a little out before or during your work, so it makes it easier for the next time/mistakes.
2) the trick to most props is layers layers and yes.. more layers. I cant tell you how many cardboard "quickies" ive made with cardboard and hotglue and a lil paint and a whole lot of TLC that turned out great, even Helmets.
Bravo on your work, it looks exceptional.

12-11-2005, 08:34 PM
Whoot! I can use this. Thanks for making tutorials for the amazing cardboard things you make. (Heh.. I have a folder on my desktop just for your stuff) Keep it up.

12-11-2005, 09:59 PM
yo, thanks man, you i am going to use this, ill post how it turns out

12-11-2005, 10:11 PM
hmm~, i think if you layer it with clear acrylic paint, it'll look better..:D but overall, that's a good kunai..worth the price /no1

12-11-2005, 10:22 PM
And yet again, your cutty things never cease to amaze me :D


12-18-2005, 12:03 AM
one word: eBay.com lol
I remeber someone using one of the thick-ish crayola kiddie markers for the handle, spraying it and then maing the top part of the kunai outta something felxible/hard and painting it so it looked shiny/metal etc and then taping it together then wrapping some gauze around the handle or w/e tp make the "bandage look thing". It's good if you wanna make it cheap and fast XD
Good luck!

02-23-2006, 06:04 PM
ok just added a Shuriken tutorial to this thread

02-24-2006, 07:10 AM
I was using your tutorial to make a shuriken last night and all went according to plan except that I found that when I tried to cut away the overflow of hot glue (after smoothing with a straight edge) the glue would get a ragged edge. is there a particular method you use for that?

02-24-2006, 08:28 AM
the best way to cut hotglue isan't to saw at it but to start at the base of the blade and pull down and move forword in one motion it'll give you a clean stiaght cut also try using the hot tip of the glue gun to smooth out any lumpyness
finely if thiers just alittle bit a fine sandpaper can work on glue

02-24-2006, 10:07 AM
Also can use a heat gun to get rid of some of that extra stuff :) I was making a papermache helmet and had to remove a part i hot-glued on, just turned up the heat gun and pulled that section off.

04-12-2006, 04:06 PM
well unknowbie just made an awesome printilbe version of my shuriken tutorail
check it out

i'll also edit it to the top of the thread

04-17-2006, 11:40 AM
ok a pattren for the kunai by unknowie is now added to the top

09-07-2006, 12:28 AM
Thanks for this awesome tutorial, I just made a kunai of my own and it looks great so far - I still have to sand the edges and paint it. However I used the pattern up top and I found that the red pieces were too thin and didn't quite reach the middle of the blade. Instead it left about a .5cm gap in the middle that got thinner towards the top and bottom that I had to fill with hot glue (side note: hot glue is evil). I drew up a quick pic to illustrate what I'm talking about: http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i319/cristophine/gap.jpg
Did I put the pieces together wrong or is the pattern too thin?

09-07-2006, 12:45 AM
like i said the pattern is in beta testign still pm unknowbie and he'll adjust the patten acrodingly and hot glue not so bad once you get to know it

09-30-2006, 12:18 AM
My little sister and I just made two Shuriken, they both turned out GREAT! ^_^ As soon as the rest of the paint drys and I can... find my camera, i'll post pics! =D

Thanks a lot for this great tutorial! ^_^

{I'll be making the kunai soon too! >=D}

10-02-2006, 12:35 AM
This is great. Thanks for making this topic. I plan on making both things once I get a hot glue gun. ^^

01-01-2007, 09:43 PM
If I wasn't so wary of a hot glue gun (bad memories and a big scar) then I would try xD but I think I can ask one of my friends to try and make one instead.

04-24-2007, 06:22 PM
YAY! THX U SO MUCH! I ended up cutting my finger trying to make 1 ><" the sad part is, I sut my finger w/ the scizzors.....oops. lol Thx again! =)

05-12-2007, 10:19 PM
Great tutorials, although might I suggest getting unknown to edit the shiruken template, the ring is a bit too small, the diameter of the hole is fine, it should overall just be larger. The size it is at now is really hard to cut out and doesn't get close enough to the edge for hot glue to make it seem smooth.

Going to try the kunai now.

05-20-2007, 08:48 AM
hm.... they look nice, but I make mine from a pattern on Janchan.com.

pic (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1010597)

Yours look sturdier though. I might try it sometime when I have two hours to waste. ;)

06-09-2007, 03:24 PM
Yay! Thanks for the tutorial. One question though, would this be stable enough for Yuffie's shuriken or do you think I should add more layers for more stability as her shuriken is definately much larger?

06-13-2007, 03:50 PM
thanks for the titorial! i'll post some pics in a sec.

10-03-2008, 01:05 AM
wow! this is great!

thanks for posting!

10-21-2008, 08:09 PM
i made a kunai a couple times, i used paper, spray paint, some key rings, a pencil, tape, yarn and black electical tape.

first i looked on google images for paper kunai outlines on the images, and the taped a paper to my screen of my computer and traced it, and then i cut it out, i then searched for tuturials on youtube on how to fold the outline.

then i taped a pencil (un-sharpened) into the opening of the paper kunai.

next i found two keyrings the same size and coated them with black electrical tape.

from there i looped a piece of electical tap through half othe the rings, so i can fold the tape in half, *dont fold it in half*

then i put the pencil open end on the rings to form the handle end, and twisted the tape around it, then i layered another piece around the the handloe to keep the ring on

so now u have a white kunai, so then i spray painted it all black and let dry for a while, and coated it on each side

next i wound electical tape all up the handle and then tied yarn to form the grip, i tightly wound some yarn up the handle.

it works great and i love them but they can chip so i wouldnt really use spray paint again, i might even try to use black construction paper and then spray paint it black for shine, but not white paper... like i did.

so thats how i made my kunai ^^ have fun ^^

10-21-2008, 09:43 PM
Thanks for the tutorials. I didn't make the kunai knife as I already had one but I used it for the Shuriken and it turned out decent (It was a bit sloppy but it was also my first time making it so I just need practice).

02-11-2009, 07:18 AM
Wow, thanks a bunch for those tutorials.
I'm gonna try 'em and the results will be posted as well :)

02-16-2009, 06:00 AM
I used poster board instead of cardboard so far. Makes a slightly thinner one that's fun to throw, if you double up on the big piece ^^; my only fault so far is that the points won't hold up, hoping to cure that with hot glue once I get a gun that's not thirty years old.

Yeah, no cardboard around here, but plenty of the other. :D

10-11-2009, 01:22 PM
I've been working on the Kunai today just for fun and I've had no problems so far. But when I got to step 4 I had no idea what I was suppose to do. I cut out the pieces, but the image is too hard for me to read so I don't know how I'm suppose to put them on =/ A little help?