Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    If you don't have a very light, plastic ribbon, cut up pieces of plastic garbage bags for the tail. We used light copy paper, too, instead of construction paper.

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  • Step 2

    The first thing we had to do was to fold the paper in half.

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  • Step 3

    Then, with the fold on the left, we folded one side over like this, leaving about an inch at each corner (notice we did not go "around" the bottom corner).

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  • Step 4

    We flipped over the paper and folded the other side to match the first.

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  • Step 5

    We flipped it back over and put a long piece of tape all along the spine of the kite.

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  • Step 6

    Next goes on the skewer - we measured, corner to corner...

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  • Step 7

    ...and taped it down.

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  • Step 8

    We needed to make sure the rudder was straight, so we folded (creased) it back and forth until it stood up straight.

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  • Step 9

    Maddie punched a hole about 1/3 of the way from the nose of the kite, for tying on the string.

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  • Step 10

    She put reinforcers on so that the kite might last longer before tearing.

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  • Step 11

    She finished decorating (puppies, puppy prints, and dog bones), tied on the kite string, and taped on the kite tail.

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  • Done!

    Out we went, into the world! In the backyard. In the neighborhood. Through the park... held securely to her scooter. So fun!!

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