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  • Etsy DIY: Make Your Own Kite

    Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” While more than 2,000 years have passed since the flight of the first kite, you can recreate that magic moment (and add a little wonder to your weekend) with a handmade kite.

    This project will take about two hours to complete. Once it’s done, be prepared for wide-eyed glances from everyone in the park.

    You will need:

    • Tissue paper
    • 1 3/16” dowel
    • Masking tape or clear tape
    • Plastic gift wrap paper
    • A skewer
    • A round file
    • A pencil
    • A craft knife
    • A paint brush
    • Paint
    • A ruler
    • A small saw
    • Cord
    • Scissors
    • Side cutters
    • A self-healing mat (not pictured)

    Step 1: Cut and Paint

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    Cut the dowel with your saw so that you end up with a dowel piece measuring 22 inches long and another measuring 20 inches long.

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    Take the 20 inch dowel and draw a line midway at 10 inches.

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    At the 10 inch mark of the 20 inch dowel, use the file to sand down a curved shape in the wood.

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    With your saw, carefully cut a notch about 1/8th of an inch into the side of each dowel, making sure that the notches on both ends of each dowel are parallel.

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    After protecting your work surface with parchment paper or newspaper, paint each dowel and set aside.

    Ready for Step 2? Click here for the full post on the Etsy Blog.

    DIY by Clare McGibbon (thats me!) originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Photos by Romain Laurent