With the school holidays looming, busy mums and dads might be need of inspiration for activities and projects to occupy little ones in the weeks ahead. Besides gathering our best of British seaside summer holiday tips (read our travel ideas here), we’ve teamed up with some of the best crafty bloggers out there, The Little Button Diaries, to bring you brilliant crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy. This week, an easy project that will make the most of the breezy British weather we’ve been having…all together now: “let’s go fly a kite…”
Over to The Little Button Diaries: “this dainty kite makes the perfect summer craft project for kids, with a little help from a grown up. It’s sure to be the prettiest flier in the field, and will also brighten up a bedroom wall. We’ve used oilcloth, but for a more lightweight version you could use cotton or card. Card is easy to glue and can be coloured in and decorated with stickers too.”
You will need
Fabric (we used Beach Huts oilcloth; available in selected stores)
8 plastic drinking straws
6 wooden skewers
3 lengths of ribbon for the tail (ours were 1m, 80cm and 75cm)
30cm ric rac
Cardboard ribbon spool (6cm diameter)
Dowel (25cm x 1cm)
Child-friendly paint and paintbrush
To make the kite
Cut out the template and lay it out in front of you. To make the kite frame, arrange and cut the straws so they fit around the edge of the template and form a cross in the middle. You may need to tape a few straws together to make them fit the lengths of each side.
To strengthen the straw frame, insert wooden skewers into the straws, using scissors to cut them to the right size. Tape the frame together (a), then tape the ribbons for the tail to the bottom of the straw frame (b). Place the frame onto the back of the fabric, lining it up so you get a nice pattern. Draw around the frame, adding an inch on all sides (c). Cut this out.
Add glue along one side of the fabric and fold it around the frame. Place a piece of masking tape on top to hold the fabric in place whilst the glue sets. Repeat for each side. Once dry, remove the tape.
Take the 35cm strip of ribbon and glue it down the centre of the kite, from top to the bottom. Then glue the strip of ric rac across the kite, over the ribbon.
To make the kite reel, paint the cardboard ribbon reel and dowel in the colour of your choice and leave to dry (d). Insert the piece of dowel in the middle of the reel. Wrap and glue a 30cm piece of string onto the dowel on either side of the reel to stop it from slipping off (e). (Tip: If you don’t have a piece of dowel to hand you can use a wooden skewer inserted into a plastic drinking straw. Cover up each end of the straw so the skewer doesn’t fall out. It won’t be a sturdy as the dowel but it’ll do the job!) Glue one end of the remaining string onto the cardboard reel (f). Once dry, wrap the string around the reel and tie the end, very tightly, to the centre of the kite frame.
Now all you need is a blustery day – your kite is ready to take flight!
With thanks to The Little Button Diaries.