This is a re-post of a favorite autumn craft from a few years ago...
These flutter-kites are easy to create, fun, and great for rainy days when everyone is feeling cooped up. We always seem to have one or two among the book shelves for a quick run around the house when the mood inspires. Just grab the end of the string, take a dash around the sofa, and these little kites will flutter & fly satisfyingly in your wake (or you can take your kites outdoors on fine autumn mornings as we did today.)
I usually make these kites from construction paper, but today I decided to get fancy and cut up some watercolor paintings.
Besides oak leaves, some of our other favorite shapes for kites are butterflies, fish and ladybirds.
Generally, I use cellophane tape to attach short pieces of yarn (about 15 inches long) to the kites; however, for this kite (made from heavy-weight watercolor paper) I trimmed a scrap and glued it to the back of the leaf, sandwiching the yarn between the leaf and the triangular scrap (see photo above.)
The kite is ready & now it's time to fly...
(or sit on a bench and give it a hug.)