How to Make a Mini Kite

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I have been self-quarantining for over five weeks now. In that time, the only access I have to the outside world is my balcony, which I feel so blessed to have. As the weather in chilly Chicago warms up to the spring sun, there’s nothing I want more than to go outside and enjoy the nice weather. To enjoy this nice weather while maintaining a six-foot distance from the world, I decided to fly a kite. Kite-flying is a relaxing and fun way to enjoy the fresh spring air, and lucky for me, it’s also something I can do on my balcony.  

To make this kite, you will need:

  • A plastic bag

  • Wooden coffee stirrers, popsicle sticks, or straws

  • String 

  • Scissors 

  • Glue or tape (optional, but saves time and patience)

  • Markers (optional)

 

1. To begin, take two coffee stirrers and make a cross, then use string or glue to secure them in place. Then cut a piece of string long enough to go around the perimeter of the kite plus a couple more inches. Now, tie the end of the string to the top vertex of the kite and continue tying it around each vertex until the string makes a diamond. 

2. Place the kite frame on the plastic bag and make a mark above each vertex. Then, make a line about 2-3 cm long extending from the point and make a dot where the line ends. Now, connect the dots. Design a pattern on the plastic using permanent markers and then cut it out.

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3. Place the good-side of the design down and place the kite frame on top. From each vertex of the design, make a small extending to the top of the corresponding vertex of the kite frame. Now, fold each tab over the string and secure it with glue or tape.

4. Cut a piece of string twice the length of a coffee stirrer. Tie each end of the string to each end of the horizontal bar of the kite frame. Then, cut a piece of string about three arm-lengths long and tie one end to the middle of the string tied to the crossbar. Tie the other end of the string to a coffee stirrer and wind the string up to a manageable length.

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