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It’s no secret Flagstaff is a seasonally windy town, and we love it! In fact, it’s quite windy-ful in the Spring.
It’s no secret Flagstaff is a seasonally windy town, and we love it! In fact, it’s quite windy-ful in the Spring. Wind is a precious resource and Flagstaff Kite Month is a perfect time to celebrate. April is National Kite Month. Kite flying is not only an exciting way to spend a Flagstaff afternoon, but it’s also an environmentally and economically sustainable hobby.
Get ready to reach new heights in no time by building a kite with items that are sitting around the house!
Did you know? A kite is a fun way to get some extra use out of a plastic bag before it gets sent to the landfill. Let’s celebrate Flagstaff’s Kite Month and make a kite of your own! Things you’ll need:
1) plastic bag
2) a couple dowels
3) Kite string
In five easy steps, build a plastic bag kite. Instructions and images were found at https://www.instructables.com/A-Garbage-Bag-Kite/.
STEP 1: To build a plastic bag kite, gather two sticks (bamboo dowels will work best, but you can use anything!), string, scissors, ribbon, and of course, a plastic bag!
TIP: Use a grocery bag or a trash bag.
STEP 2: Tie sticks together in a cross shape. Make sure the horizontal stick is about one third of the way down the vertical stick. Tie the sticks together with a piece of string. Secure with a knot.
STEP 3: Cut the plastic bag to fit the frame.
TIP: Leave a little excess material to tie the sail around the frame using the string. Once again, secure with a knot.
STEP 4: Create the flying string. Do this by tying a piece of string from one side of the cross stick to the other; then, tie a big portion of string to the lower half of the vertical stick and connect it to the middle of the flying string with a knot. It should form a triangular pyramid shape.
STEP 5: Ribbon balance…tie a few pieces of ribbon to the bottom of the kite to help it balance. That’s it; you’re ready to fly!
ENJOY: Wait for a windy day to try flying your kite, which shouldn’t be a problem in Flagstaff! Find an open area and let the kite soar. Take a moment to appreciate the wind. Enjoy celebrating Flagstaff Kite Month and your homemade kite!