Print a small paper kite, perfect for young children and Halloween treats. If the candy runs low Halloween night, you might still have time to run to your printer and save the day (night).
First, download the kite pattern, print it and cut it out.
Next fold it in half between the wings, with the printed side outside. Fold the wings forward to create the spine. Put glue in the spine to hold it together.
Fold back the top edge flaps. Insert a drinking straw or BBQ skewer underneath and glue or tape down. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Trim excess straw or skewer and reinforce edges with tape as needed.
Reinforce the tow point on the spine (marked with a black dot) with tape and then use a hole punch or needle to make the hole.
Cut four 4 foot lengths of yarn. Fold each in half. Attach with tape or by looping them through holes made with a hole-punch as shown above.
Make four tails around 2 feet long and 1-2 inches in width. Use plastic grocery bags, crepe paper or colored tissue pieced together with tape. Attach the tails to the bottom of the kite, where marked.
Attach commercial kiteline to the tow point, or improvise: Dental floss, fishing line, quilter's thread or very light-weight crochet cotton. Firmly tape a length of string to a piece of scrap cardboard around 2"x3". Wind the string around the cardboard and attach the other end to the tow point on the kite. For small children, 10-20 feet is generally enough.
NOTES: If lack of wind is a problem, use very light tails (ie, clear plastic produce bags, cut into strips) and light-weight line (ie quilter's cotton thread). If you are short straws or BBQ skewers, you can substitute a tooth-pick put right in the center of the channel, but it won't fly quite as well.
Print yourself a paper kite and be out flying in no time.
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