How to Make a Kite by Folding Paper

Written by amy hannaford
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How to Make a Kite by Folding Paper
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The windy days of spring are perfect for flying kites. This is a great craft for using recycled items such as used computer paper and newspapers. Gather all your supplies and enjoy an afternoon of kite making with your kids. A few simple folds are all that are needed to make this high-flying kite and enjoy hours of fun.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 8½ -by-11-inch piece of computer paper
  • Clear nylon thread
  • Spool of string
  • Hole punch
  • Hole reinforcement stickers
  • Newspaper or crepe paper streamers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold an 8½ -by-11-inch piece of paper in half lengthwise, bringing the short sides together; crease. Open the paper out.

  2. 2

    Fold the left edge of the paper so it meets the middle crease; crease. Fold the right side of the paper to the middle crease; crease.

  3. 3

    Fold the left flap edge back so it meets the left outside crease; crease. Fold the right flap edge back so it is even with the right outside crease; crease.

  4. 4

    Measure down the middle of the left flap 2 inches from the top edge paper; place a pencil mark. Measure down the middle of the right flap 2 inches from the top edge of the paper; place a pencil mark. Hole punch over each mark through the top flap only. Place a hole reinforcement sticker on the front and back side of each hole.

  5. 5

    Cut an 18-inch piece of clear nylon thread. Tie one end of the thread through each hole; the string will form a "V" shape. Make a loop in the end of the thread by holding about 2 inches of the bottom thread, wrapping once around your two middle fingers and pulling the loop through the thread on your fingers. Knot to secure.

  6. 6

    Tie the loose end of your string onto the loop you made in Step 5. Cut a 2-foot-by-2-inch strip of newspaper or crepe paper streamer; tape to the end of the kite. Decorate your kite if you wish with markers, glitter or stickers.

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