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Very Simple Kite

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Easy to fly and easy to build, I don't think it's possible to make a simpler kite than this! 

Watch as your kite performs exciting aerial manoeuvres and darts through the air with an agility rivalling that of the most acrobatic bird!
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need:
- A rectangular piece of paper - A4 is good. Feel free to decorate it, either now or in step two.
- String - I used jute string in this example, but a reel of cotton works well too
- Something to make a hole in paper with - I used a hole punch, but feel free to improvise with a pen, a stick or whatever you have on hand

Optional extras:
- Sticky tape
- Decorations for paper - but don't weigh it down too much!
- A pen, pencil, stick or similarly shaped object
- A functional stapler and staples

Step 2: Fold Paper in Half Widthways

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Bring the two short sides of your piece of paper together and press along the bend to make a crease.

Now is a great time to decorate your kite! Use pens, pencils, crayons, felt-tip pens, a printer, but be careful not to weigh it down too much. If it's too heavy it won't be able to fly!

Step 3: Bend the Front Corner of the Top Layer Down to Touch the Crease, Repeat on the Back Layer and Staple

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The essential thing with this step is to only bend the corners down. If you fold them the kite will not work. The exact position of the corner is not critical, but will affect how your kite flies.

If you don't have access to a functional stapler and staples, you can pierce through the two corners and the body of the kite with your hole making device and skip to step 5.
phawley25 months ago

it looks cool

giovannire10 months ago
Thank a lot, very nice and simple project
thanks! i really like this! :)
this is to simple, yet cool!
GainEnergy2 years ago
My kids used to love making their own kites, however they usually don't fly well. Will definitely share this with my kids. Thanks for sharing!
ncoleman22 years ago
I made one of these and attached it to the back of my R/C car, and was sweet! Nice Instructable!
xXLab_ManXx2 years ago
oo la la
ynze2 years ago
I used your kite as a sort of "boot camp kite" with a class of 10-11 year old kids, a couple of weeks ago. It's really a great little kite. Kids can make it in five minutes, and then spent hours on tweaking and decorating! See the pics...
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Verdantic (author)  ynze2 years ago
Thank you so much for sharing! You made my day :D
how far is it in the air in those photos?
Verdantic (author)  That One Eegit2 years ago
About a metre and a half, I think. It tends to hover between about half a metre and two metres off the ground. It depends on where you attach the string in step five, but I couldn't tell you the optimum. It also stays higher in a lighter breeze. It does have a peculiar manner of flight compared to a more typical kite.
useraaaaa3 years ago
cool
Swords3 years ago
lol has this been used in a high wind area?
Verdantic (author)  Swords3 years ago
I took one to the beach for this 'ible, but it doesn't generally like really high winds, it tends to just sit near the ground and doesn't zoom around much. More of a kite for breezes, I think. You could always give it a go anyway!
Kiteman3 years ago
Impressive - I've never been able to make one of these fly without a tail.

Verdantic (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
I was so surprised when it worked the first time I made one for that very reason. It doesn't fly quite like a regular kite, it tends to just go further away rather than up when you let out line. It's still pretty exciting though!
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