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How to Make a Kite that Really Flies

How to Make a Kite that Really Flies

Have you ever had a day where you just felt bored? Your entertainment options are drastically cut when you’re broke or saving money. To help cure your ills, do something free like flying a kite. A kite can be constructed using a variety of methods and materials. Here is how to make a basic diamond kite from every day household items you should have lying around your house.

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    Supplies:

    • Garbage Bag
    • Wire Hangers
    • Packing, Duct, or Electrical Tape (not scotch or painters)
    • Scissors or knife to cut garbage bag
    • Pliers (Needlenose or otherwise)
    • Yarn, fishing line, speaker wire (Not dental floss or sewing thread)
    • Art Supplies for Decorating

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      Step 1 – Using your pliers, straighten out both hangers. Don’t worry about making perfectly straight lines. The curvature in the hangers will add depth and dimension to your kite.

      Step 2 – Bend the ends of one hanger down (to make it shorter)

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      Step 3 – Lay the shorter hanger across the longer hanger to form a cross. The cross hanger should be one quarter down from the top. Wrap the intersection with tape to hold it in place.

      Step 4 – Tie yarn around all 4 corners of your kite’s center. Pull the yarn up to the top of the vertical hanger and over to the left. At this point your kite’s skeleton should resemble the number “4” with yarn connecting two hanger ends.

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        Step 5 – Continue the yarn around all for corners and back to the center from the top to complete the skeleton of the kite. Make sure the yarn is taut.

        Step 6 – Tighten and reshape your kite as needed. You want it to produce a slight concave shape like a shield, where the center is out farther than the edges.

        Step 7 – Unroll your garbage bag.

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          Step 8 – Cut the bottom of the garbage bag off.

          Step 9 – Cut the right side of the garbage bag. This will give you a flat sheet of plastic.

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            Step 10 – Lay your kite skeleton onto your opened trash bag.

            Step 11 – Secure the bag to the hangers using your tape. Packing tape and duct tape work better than electrical tape. Duct tape adds more weight to the kite, and in low wind situations, this is a problem. Packing tape provides the most secure connection with the least weight. Whatever tape you choose, secure the bag to the top of the frame.

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              Step 12

              – Use your scissors to cut the bag around the frame, about one inch bigger than the frame all the way around.

              Step 13 – Use your tape to secure the bag to the frame all the way around the frame by folding the bag over the frame and rolling it under with your fingers. Tape straight across to form a solid connection.

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                Step 14

                – Pull the bag tight so that it firmly hugs the kite frame without pushing too far into it.

                Step 15 – Check the kite for any rips or air holes. Turn a ceiling fan on to blow air through it, shine a flashlight through it, or use whatever method you can come up with to monitor the quality of your kite. Repair air leaks with your tape.

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                  Step 16 – Plan out where you want to take your kite. I had another adult, a 2 year old, and a dog with me, so we planned our trip accordingly. Google “(Your City/State/Country) wind forecast” to find the best places to go. You want a gentle but steady breeze.

                  Step 17 – Tie one end of yarn to the center of your kite’s frame. Hold the other end to maintain control of your kite.

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                    Step 17 – Fly your kite. The easiest way is with 2 people. Stand about 20-30 yards from each other. Have your friend hold the kite while you hold the string. Stand where the wind blows from you to your friend holding the kite. If you made the kite correctly, you should have no issues getting it in the air.

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                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                      But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                      Sight – Visual Stimulation

                      The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                      1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                      Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                      Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                      2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                      Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                      Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                      Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                      3. Take note of your environment.

                      Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                      By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                      Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                      What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                      4. Engage in conversation.

                      Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                      Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                      Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

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                      5. Listen to upbeat music.

                      Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                      Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                      Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                      If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                      6. Work your nose.

                      Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                      If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                      Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                      Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                      If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                      7. Have a good breakfast.

                      Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                      Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                      Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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                      8. Drink lots of water.

                      Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                      So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                      9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                      Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                      Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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                      Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                      Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                      10. Splash cold water on your face.

                      Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                      This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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                      11. Use acupressure.

                      Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                      Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                      12. Get moving.

                      Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                      And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                      You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                      Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                      Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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