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How to Make a Simple Paper Kite

Got an urge to go fly a kite? With this simple project you can be out the door and flying high in no time.


  • Step 1: Fold paper Fold the paper in half so the shorter sides meet. Set the paper on your work surface so that the fold is at the bottom.
  • TIP: If you want a fancier kite, use crayons or markers to decorate the paper before you fold it.
  • Step 2: Measure & mark Use your ruler to measure 2 ½ inches from one end of the folded edge and put a pencil mark there.
  • Step 3: Measure & mark again Measure another 2 ½ inches from the first mark and put another pencil mark there.
  • Step 4: Bend one layer Taking the top corner nearest to the first mark, bend down one layer of the paper to the folded edge where you made the first mark. But don’t crease it.
  • Step 5: Bend other layer Holding the folded-down corner in place, pick up the paper and bend the other top layer down in the opposite direction so that it’s even with the first corner.
  • Step 6: Staple corners Staple the folded corners in place.
  • Step 7: Punch hole Punch a hole where you made the second mark.
  • Step 8: Loop string & knot Loop one end of your kite string through the hole and knot it tightly.As soon as a good breeze kicks up, your kite will be ready to take off!
  • FACT: The earliest kites were used in battle—to scare away enemy troops and to send signals.

You Will Need

  • A sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A stapler
  • A hole punch
  • And some kite string or another sturdy string
  • like twine
  • Some crayons or markers (optional)

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