This simple kite will rise ~30 ft. in the air, until it consumes itself in a blaze of destruction. Great fun, very simple to construct.
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Step 1: Freeganism
For this to work, you will need one each of the following:
*Lack of Wind
all of them more or less free or freely available
Step 2: Make the Paper Square
You can use an old trick borrowed from origami for this.
Fold the paper over in a diagonal. The edges of the paper define a square area.
If you make creases, you can see where to cut.
Cut that out and unfold it.
Keep in mind that the bigger your kite is, the longer it will fly.
Step 3: Kitemaking
Fold in all the corners, and stick them together with a piece of tape.
Step 4: Burn, Baby Burn
Find a windless spot, preferably over a nonflammable area like a parking lot, or concrete.
If this works, your kite should consume itself without touching anything else. I've seen it happen.
in the cold nevada desert, these kites rise hundreds of feet in the air.
Ours was kind of a total failure. We did a second version, and covered it with contact explosives in case it also didn't fly.
It didn't, but the bangs were worth the buck.