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Make Your Own Kite
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After the long, cold winter, the warm weather welcomes us outdoors with sunshine and gentle breezes—perfect weather for kite flying! Kite flying is a relaxing way to fill a couple of quiet hours in the park, at the beach, or in an open meadow. Learning the technique of kite flying is a satisfying experience. But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you will find a special satisfaction in actually making your own kite!
Kites come in all shapes and sizes—some of them truly magnificent feats of engineering! But if you’re a first time do-it-yourself kite maker, you’ll probably want to start with a simple design. This is an enlarged model of the "20 minute kite for kids" from the Big Wind Kite Factory in Hawaii. http://www.molokai.com/kites/20kidskites.html
- Craft Table
- Lifetime folding chairs
- 1 sheet of brightly colored paper 25.5 inches wide x 30 inches long
- 1 25 inch wooden dowel for horizontal support
- 1 30 inch wooden dowel for additional vertical support if necessary
- 1 roll 1/2 inch wide tape
- 1 roll of string, 6 - 10ft. long
- 1 inch x 3 inch piece of cardboard or an empty bathroom tissue roll on which to wind the string.
- Hole punch (optional)
- Fold paper in half to 25.5 x 15
- Mark point 1/2 inch from the fold at the top
- Mark another point 3 inches from the fold at the bottom
- Draw a diagonal line between these points
- Fold paper back along this dotted line and tape down the new fold line
- Then tape down 25 inch wooden dowel between top corner points
- Tape down 30 inch wooden dowel on the vertical fold for additional structural support
- Attach 10 feet of ribbon to the bottom of the kite with tape
- Flip kite over and bend the flap back and forth until it stands straight up
- Tape a small piece of tape 1/3 of the way down from the top of that flap and punch a hole through it.
- Tie one end of the string through the hole and wind the rest of the string onto the cardboard or toilet paper roll
- Never fly your kite around power lines, telephone lines, overhead electrical wires.
- In order to avoid attracting electricity, do not use metal parts in the construction of your kite.
- Do not use fishing line or wire for your kite string.It will cut your hands.
- Do not fly your kite close to streets where it could distract drivers.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Since you will have your eye on the sky, don’t fly near ditches, steep hills, or obstacles that you may trip over.
- Avoid flying too close to trees and other kite flyers.
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