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Simple Homemade Kite for a Blustery Fall Day

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Materials

  • 1 brown paper grocery bag (or equally large piece of paper)
  • 1 6 inch stick
  • 2 skinny 12 inch skewers or sticks (must be pretty straight)
  • String (about 50 ft)
  • Crepe paper, string or fabric strips
  • Tape
  • Crayons/markers/paints

Instructions

Cut the brown paper bag to 12×16 inches.

Fold the paper in half horizontally (so that the fold is at the 8″ center.)

Measure and mark the center ( 4″ – four inches in) on both of the short ends. Now, measure 4″ from the top on the long open side. Using a straight edge, draw a line from the top short side mark to the open 4″ side mark. Then, a line from the open side 4″ mark to the bottom short side mark.

Cut along these lines. Open and fold along the 4″ markers back towards the middle fold from both sides.

Open up your kite. Color and decorate (using the unprinted side).

Tape the 12” sticks where you folded at the 4” marks. Put tape on the corners of the kite where string will be attached. Using a hole punch or a steady hand, punch through each corner of your kite.

Staple on the ‘tails’ (crepe paper, fabric scraps) for flowing in the wind. Tie string through the holes—16” on each side then tie them together at the ends.

Wrap remaining string around your 6” stick and tie the end to the 16” pieces.

Go fly a kite!

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