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Windy afternoon and nothing to do? Make a paper kite. With a few simple office supplies laying around the apartment, you can make your own custom one-of-a-kind paper kite in a few hours. You will need:

String (butchers twine works well or button thread)
Light weight wood strips
Paper ( We used tissue paper layered double, but you can also use newspaper, crepe paper, gift wrap, or any light weight paper lying around the house)
Glue (We used those scrapbooking instant glue to make ours which is SUPER fast)
Scissors
Paper Cutter (Optional, but handy)

(Thanks everyone who came out for the Acorn to Oak Handmade Etsy Team October meeting! And a special thanks to Nick Wentworth for making us all laugh with Twilight Vampire Kites.)
 
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Step 1: Measure and Cut Your Wood

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Take your stick and cut it in two. In general kites measure 20+ inches by 40+ inches which is a 5 foot long stick if you do the math. You can harvest sticks or brush out of your back yard for free if you live in the country or use balsa wood or dowel rods if you live in the city. After you measure the stick, cut it. You can use a paper cutter (pictured here is our Paper Cutter of Death at Techshop RD) or any basic cutting instrument that gets the job done.

Step 2: Notch the Ends

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With a pair of scissor notch each of the four ends to give the string something to lay in when you start tying it together.

Step 3: Tie the two sticks together (Make the Frame)

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With string, wrap the two sticks together at the half-way point. You can do this be doing 5-6 cross hatches and tying a simple, but tight granny knot. Voila, you have an instant cross to ward off vampires! Most excellent. It also makes a good frame for a kite. :-)

Step 4: Tie String Around the Edges

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Taking one point, use your notch to act as a hold point for the string. Wrap the thread or twine several times around and move to the next point. When you get done you should have all 4 points of the kite connected.
cjq1 month ago

Hi, thanks for introducing a great way to having family fun and spending quality time together. Kids are so proud of their creations and then see them flying high in the sky is so exciting. But, we want everybody to have a great experience, so, may I recommend doing some research to broaden one's kite knowledge. There are some technical guide lines to follow for good flight that can be found on the net.by searching kites. As an example the bow shape on the horizontal stick must be towards the back ,some diamond kites need tails, the angle at which the kite flys (called angle of attack) is important to cause the kite to rise. Kite.org is a great place to find such information.

Happy Flying, keep the wind at your back.

CLIFFORD

deathsaw3 months ago

awesome , used it as a school task . thanx

longp20004 months ago

Those pictures are really cool. I have made homemade kites before but yall look like yall are having a lot of fun.

Jobar0071 year ago
One could argue that the tail isn't optional. The kite needs some form of drag to keep it upright while in flight. A tail accomplished that. Without one, the kite will flip wildly in the wind and be unpredictable. The way to get around without a tail would be to put a bow in your horizontal member. A 2-3" (5-7.5 cm) bow should be sufficient.

Those kites look like a lot of fun and I wish you luck! Things are just so much more fun with something that was made by your own two hands.
Li Sashay (author)  Jobar0071 year ago
Some people flew theirs without the tail just fine so that's why I posted it as optional. There's a Middle School OM group making a bunch of these (Nick's class) next week so we'll see how it works in a larger test group. I don't think that they had to bow theirs to work, but I will let you know after I find out more. Still tails do help a lot with gusty NC weather to keep them from crashing.
This is an excellent post. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun making the kites too. Do they get good lift?
Li Sashay (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Thanks, we did. Surprisingly for something we threw together in an hour...these things fly pretty well. It's a new take on the old newspaper kites our grandfathers used to make with modern craft tools to help cut down on finishing time which you might be familar with. You can literally do this one morning from scratch quickly and go out to spend the rest of day enjoying the weather.