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Paper Kite

Paper Kite
Originally uploaded by Katherine Donaldson
Today I made a paper kite for Rebecca, we've been singing 'Lets Go Fly a Kite' from Mary Poppins. I took two 1/8" wooden dowels, cut out a diamond of tissue paper, folded the edges over about 3/8", taped them down in three spots on each side only, because I was being paranoid about weight... silly me. I taped the dowels down to the paper at the edges and center, then taped on a ribbon with little folded triangles of tissue paper for a tail. Initially I tied the harness and string out of light thread, but after that broke a couple times Jesse found me some monofilament fishing line which worked much better. Also the tail was too light for stability, so I added a safety pin with a bell to the end. It turned out to be a fun little kite, wonky and unpredictable in the gusting wind in front of our house.

Somehow I find it amazing that you can get something you made from bits around your house to fly. So much fun!



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Mar. 3rd, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
I find it sad that random bits from around my house can fly, but I can't. One of these days I'll figure it out. A friend from work told me the trick was to concentrate on levitation first, and then stretch that into flight. Hmm...
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