How to make decorative handmade paper kites

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How to make decorative handmade paper kites
Making a kite is fun and educational. (kite image by Fabio Barni from Fotolia.com)

Most people purchase pre-made kites from a department store, but pre-made kites can be costly. Luckily, you can make your own handmade kite from basic materials. Handmade kites can also be very decorative. You can paint your handmade kite in vibrant, beautiful colours that match your home decor, and can hang your kite proudly in your house.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 wooden dowels, 16 inches and 24 inches
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Ribbon, 1-inch width

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place a 24-inch wooden dowel onto a table or flat surface. Place a 16-inch wooden dowel on top of the first dowel in a perpendicular manner. With a pencil, mark where the second dowel lies on the first dowel. Set the second dowel aside. Squeeze a dollop of hot glue where pencil marks are, and place the second dowel back onto the first dowel in a perpendicular manner. Allow the glue to cool completely.

    How to make decorative handmade paper kites
    Glue the dowels together. (Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Open two sheets of newspaper, and place the dowels diagonally on the papers. Carefully fold the newspaper over the perpendicular dowels, and tape them onto the dowels with masking tape. Make sure that the tape is very secure.

    How to make decorative handmade paper kites
    Wrap the dowels with newspaper. (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Paint your kite with colours that match your home decor. You can paint a scenery, a beautiful pattern, or an abstract design on your kite. Allow the paint to completely dry.

    How to make decorative handmade paper kites
    Paint the kite vibrant colours. (rainbow paint image by Lev Aleshin from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Carefully poke a hole in the centre of the kite, and slide a piece of twine around the area where the dowels cross over each other. Knot the twine tightly. Tape a ribbon to the end of the kite with masking tape. Your kite is now ready to be displayed or flown.

    How to make decorative handmade paper kites
    Attach twine to the kite. (twine image by pdtnc from Fotolia.com)

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