These paper decorations are a fresh alternative to balloons and, hung from a tree or a ceiling, work for all kinds of parties. Plus, they're a breeze to make.
The kites require only a bit of glue, kitchen twine, a wooden dowel, and some decorative and crepe paper. Because they lie flat, they're easy to store (though you may want to display them in a kid's room when the party is over).
Tools and Materials
2 sheets decorative paper, at least 19 by 19 inches each
One 3/16-inch-diameter, 36-inch-long dowel
Small flat brush
All-purpose clear-drying glue
- Download and print kite templates. Trace templates onto decorative paper, and cut out.
- Cut dowel into one 19-inch piece and one 16-inch piece.
- Cross dowels; lash together by wrapping and tying twine around the point where they intersect.
- Place dowels on back side of 1 piece of paper (use the 19-inch dowel for the vertical, and the 16-inch one for the horizontal). Brush glue on smaller pieces of paper, and adhere them over the dowels to larger piece of paper at each of the 4 corners. Let dry.
- Cut another piece of twine to desired length for hanging kite. Poke a small hole through paper where dowels intersect; thread twine through for hanging.
- To create tail, cut a long length of twine, and cut crepe paper into 4-by-1 1/2-inch strips. Twist crepe strips at center, and tie in knots along tail about 8 inches apart. Tie tail to bottom tip of dowel.
- Brush glue along back edges of paper; adhere second piece of paper, patterned side up. Let dry.