Let’s Go Fly a DIY kite! And there’s no better time than in March. You know, “comes in like a lion” and all that. So take advantage of the March winds and make a kite. All you need are a few materials and a windy day.
Here’s how to make your own kite in 10 easy steps:
- 24 drinking straws (that don’t bend)
- Embroidery floss
- Tissue paper
- Sewing needle
Step 1: String three straws together on a long string to form a triangle. A tip to get the thread through the straw is to have the adult suck the thread through the straw.
Step 2: Take the excess thread and add two more straws to form two triangles sharing one side.
Step 3: Cut a long piece of thread. Thread it through the last straw. And attach it to the tops of the triangle to form a pyramid shape.
Step 4: Cut two pieces of tissue paper slightly bigger than one side of your pyramid. Glue onto the frame, wrapping around the straw to secure. A little glue goes a long way. Let it dry.
Step 5: Make 3 more pyramids following the directions above.
Step 6: Tie pyramids together, making sure that they all face in the same direction. I used a sewing needle and embroidery floss.
Step 7: Use a pair of sharp scissors to poke a hole in the tissue paper where the two covered sides meet on the leading edge. Thread a 10-inch piece of embroidery floss through the hole and tie it.
Step 8: Poke another hole about 5 inches from that hole. Thread a 12” piece of embroidery floss through it and secure in place. Tie the two strings together. Add an extra 5 yards. This is your flying string.
Step 9: Finish your kite by cutting a 3-foot by two-inch piece of tissue paper. Using a short piece of string, attach it where the first string is attached.
Step 10: Go fly your kite!