Flying kites are always fun. All generation of children have enjoyed feeling how the kite is taken by the wind and watching it as it flies high over our heads. However the experience is three times as thrilling if you have made your own kite. With this simple guide you will soon be flying your own homemade kite.
What you will need:
A normal black garbage plastic bag
A few wooden sticks, or if possible thin metal rods (about 90 cm)
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Get a whole garbage bag and cut of its end so that is an open cylinder. Then, carefully cut on side so as to open the cylinder and create a flat sheet
Inspect the whole sheet for holes. Make sure there are no stretch marks or small holes.
Before you start working, plan out your materials by laying the pieces on top of the flat sheet.
Simulate the final structure on top of the flat plastic sheet. Make sure that the plastic sheet covers the whole body of sticks. Make sure that the tape is strong, so that the sticks dont move while in flight. Also make sure that they are at a 90 degree angle.
4. With tape, attach the first two pieces of sticks. The smaller stick should be approximately 25 cm from the top of the first stick
Now join all the sides together by creating the kite base in a kite shape.
When the base is complete, spread the plastic sheet on the floor. Make sure there are not sharp edges on the floor so as to not rip the plastic. With small pieces of tape, stretch the plastic sheet and tape the corners to the ends. This will hold the plastic sheet and keep it from moving. Also, the sheet will be stretched which will make the final product better.
Lay the kite base on-top of the sheet
Tape the base to the plastic sheet.
Now cut the base (and the tape and plastic under) out of the plastic sheet.
Turn the kite around and inspect it thoroughly and make sure there are no holes.
Step 12: Warnings
Be careful of powerlines,
Be careful of letting out the string too fast. Your kite is more likely to go places it shouldn't go (and get tangled up in things) if you give it too long a "leash.",
Never fly kites during a thunderstorm - don't attempt to copy Benjamin Franklin.
Don't fly your kite if the wind is too strong for the kite to handle. It might get destroyed!
You should be aware of the weather during your flying time. Do not fly your kite if the upcoming weather is going to be rainy or stormy. If you don't want to be caught out in it, neither does the kite.
If the kite gets tangled in an electric wire, do not attempt to get it. You might get shocked. Don't attempt to climb a tree to get a lost kite either. It's much safer if the kite gets tangled at the point that you can reach without climbing.
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