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)
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.)
Step 1: Measure and Cut Your Wood
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
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)
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
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.