How to make a 3D kite

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How to make a 3D kite
You can make a simple kite with supplies you may already have. (kite image by Tinovskiy from Fotolia.com)

Flying a kite on a windy day is a whimsical and innocent childhood pastime. Making your own kite by hand adds to the excitement and you can easily craft a three-dimensional kite with four sides using some plastic straws, tissue paper and glue. Using materials you may already have on hand makes this a cost-effective project that you can put together on a moment's notice.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 16 straws
  • Super Glue
  • Craft glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Twine

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay four plastic drinking straws in a square shape on a counter. Attach the straws permanently in that position with a drop of Super Glue at each end of each straw. Let dry.

  2. 2

    Repeat Step 1 three times so you have four matching square frames made from drinking straws.

  3. 3

    Align the four frames together so they make an open air box and attach in place with Super Glue. Let dry.

  4. 4

    Lay a sheet of tissue paper over one side of the box and attach using craft glue. Trim off the excess. Repeat on the three other sides of the box so there are four covered sides and a top and bottom that are open.

  5. 5

    Attach a piece of twine that is about 6 feet long to one corner of the kite box using Super Glue. Let dry before flying.

Tips and warnings

  • Use different colours of tissue paper for a vibrant kite.
  • Wash hands after using glue to prevent stained clothing.

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