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This Instructable will show you how to make a simple, easy-to-make, easy-to-fly, paper kite that is great for kids.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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To make this kite, you will need:

1. 8.5"x11" piece of paper

This is your standard copy paper size. Regular paper works fine, but I like card stock because it's a little sturdier. Use whatever you have. If you use plain white paper, let your kid color bright designs all over it before beginning the project.

2. A wooden skewer. A straight drinking straw works too.

3. Kite string. You can find this at a lot of department stores. If not, almost any strong but light string would work. Quilters' string is about the right thickness. Yarn may be too heavy, sewing thread too light. Fishing line is light but strong.

4. Ribbon. Most wide ribbon would work fine. I like using surveyors tape (available at hardware stores) because it's made of plastic, which is lighter (for a longer tail!) and durable. Surveyors tape comes in bright fluorescent colors that kids like.

5. Scissors or hole punch.

6. Tape.

Step 2: Step 1

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Start with your piece of paper:

Fold it in half.

Step 3:

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Mark a point on the top of the paper about one inch from the fold.

Mark a point on the bottom of the paper about one inch from the open side.

Imagine, or draw, a line connecting these two dots.

Step 4:

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Fold the top corner of the paper down along the line that you've just created.

Step 5:

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Next, flip the paper over and fold the other side down to match the side you just folded.

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Flip the paper back over so that it looks the way it did in Step 4.

Tape along the middle seam.

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Lay a skewer across the kite, as shown, and tape it in place. You'll probably have to cut the skewer down to size with your scissors.

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Flip the kite back over and straighten the "spine".
jjsims8 months ago
you give great directions!
ReadsInTrees (author)  jjsims8 months ago
Thank you very much!
expatty1 year ago
Excellent Instructable!
Last night we made these with our Cub Scout pack, and I passed on the design to another pack who did the same. The preparation for both was very much last minute for both of us.
Both cub packs had an total success in making the kites. given about 25-30 mins all the kids had a decorated kite with a string they could use to run about with the kite. All of the kids took them home!
Thank you!
ReadsInTrees (author)  expatty1 year ago
I'm glad they worked out well for everyone!
Kiteman4 years ago
Yay - the "Uncle Jonathan" classic!

I haven't made these for ages, but I do remember that most sewing threads are fine for flying these, as long as it's not too windy.


Yeah, If not, it will be heavy and low in performance.
Alex Mercer2 years ago
Go To http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Coolest-Paper-Glider-Ever/
NachoMahma4 years ago
.  Great job. Nice, clear pictures and good explanations.