Let’s Go Fly a DIY Kite!

Kite

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:

Pyramid Kite
Supplies

  • 24 drinking straws (that don’t bend)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 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!

kite

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