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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 Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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