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Summers are for picnics and fun in the sun. Wendy Cook of Mother Rising sends me this project for an Ikea kite (based on this one). Best thing is, you’ll be putting old Ikea bags to good use.

Wendy’s Ikea kite

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 sheets of colored 8 1/2″ x 11″ construction paper
  • 1 8″ bamboo skewer
  • 1 Ikea bag cut in a 1″ wide spiral all around for the tail
  • 1/2″wide masking tape or scotch tape
  • 1 bit of baker’s twine – 6 to 10 feet for a child or a roll of kite string for an adult
  • a twig to wind the string upon

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Here’s how:

  1. Fold a sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper in half to make a 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle.
  2. Fold again in a diagonal 1/2″ from the top folded edge, and 3″ from the bottom folded edge.
  3. Fold back one side forming the kite shape. You won’t need a stick here because the folded paper acts as a spine.
  4. Place skewer from point to point horizontally at the top of the kite and tape down securely.
  5. Cut the Ikea bag into a long spiral and tape to the base of the kite.
  6. Flip kite over onto its back and fold the front flap back and forth until it stands straight up.
  7. Punch a hole in the folded area approx. 1/3 down from the top point.
  8. Tie one end of the string to the hole and wind the other end around the twig.
  9. Let it soar!

See more of Wendy’s Ikea kite on her blog.