Make Your Own Kite

  • Holding the 3 foot long stick in a vertical position (like a flag pole), lay it down on the table so that the notches are now horizontal.
  • Holding the 2 foot stick in horizontal position, place it across the other stick, 1 foot down from the top, again so that it's notches are horizontal. This should create a lower case letter "t."
  • Using fishing line or thread, in an "X" fashion, secure the two sticks together at the junction.
  • Using more of the string, run it around the outer perimeter of the "t," being sure to catch it in all four notches. Tie it as tightly as possible. You should now have a "t" with a string around it, creating a classic diamond or kite shape.
  • Then take 3 fifteen inch lengths of line and secure one each to the top and 2 sides of your kite.
  • Again, tie them securely, over, around, through the notches and back -- one to each of the top 3 ends. This gives strength to your kite.
  • Take a twenty-seven inch length of line and tie it to the bottom end, again securely. All strings should lead out, away from your kite.
  • Decorate your paper now, if desired.
  • Place kite frame on paper so that you have a 1 inch margin at the edge of each stick.
  • Mark this 1 inch place at each end and lift off frame.
  • Draw a line, diagonally, from the top mark down to the right mark, continuing down to the bottom mark, up to the left and back to the top.
  • Place back on the paper to double check your measurements. At this point you should have a 1 inch margin all the way around the outside perimeter of the string.
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