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Make a kite out of household stuff! A really easy and small kite that kids will love to play with. It doesn't fly high or far, but it dances around in a good bit of wind.
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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This project will require drinking straws (x3), a plastic bag, some scotch tape, string, and a pencil (not pictured.) You will also need some scissors.

Step 2: Build the frame

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The frame is made with the straws. First, cut a notch out of each of the ends of one straw. Be careful not to go all the way through, you still want part of it remaining. Next, lay out the other two straws parallel to each other with the cut straw forming an "H" between them. Then, the fold the notches on the middle straw around the side straws and tape it down. You should now have the "H" shape.

Now, take the end of the string and feed it through one straw, then feed it through the other straw. It should make a big square. Cut the string and tie the ends together. You want it to be taut, but not bending the straws.

Step 3: Make the skin

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Take the plastic bag and set the straw frame down on it. Cut a square of plastic out around the "H", leaving an extra inch of plastic on each side. Only cut one ply of plastic, and don't cut through the sides of the bag, because we will use those later.

Once you have your square, cut notches out of the corners of the square. The notches should expose the corners of the frame as shown in the picture. Then, fold the flaps of plastic over and tape them down to fasten them to the frame. Do this on all four sides. The plastic should be taut, but not bending the frame.
X_D_3_M_17 years ago
i wanna fly this off of a fishing line...
KoolKat9 years ago
I have to show this to my neighbor. Her son loves to make things. The simple stuff used to and still does amuse me the best! Thanks for sharing.