and turned it into a wooden kite with a peg suitable for hanging "stuff" :) Of course, if you just want to use them for decoration, simply leave the peg off, and let a sky full of kites grace your child's room. (BTW... if you'd like to see how we painted the wall behind the kites, check out the post found HERE.)
To make your own Wooden Kites with Pegs you will need:
shaker pegs (optional)
cotton roping for tail
Kite Applique Pattern enlarged 200%
Enlarge Kite Applique Pattern 200% and make a copy. Using packing tape around edges of the kite pattern, cut out the kite. This will be your template used for tracing the kite on the wood.
Using your pattern template you just created, trace the kites on your wood.
Using a scroll saw, cut out your kite shapes.
Since these are going to be painted, if there are any significant holes, they can be filled with a wood filler and sanded.
Lightly sand the edges. HINT: When sanding straight, smooth surfaces, used a flat piece of sandpaper. When sanding curves, like the edges of the kite, use a flexible sand paper like the sanding sponge pictured here.
Paint the sides and top of the kites. Allow to dry completely.
Dip the end of a thick round paintbrush in paint, and randomly make the dots for the flower centers on the kite top. Redip with each dot.
To make petals around the centers, using the same paintbrush, make 5 dots (petals) around each center. Allow to dry completely.
There are 2 ways you can attach the tail. The first is to simply staple or glue the end of the rope to the backside of the kite.
The other way is to drill a hole in the bottom point of the kite. To do this, get a drill bit that is slightly larger than the rope. Practice on a scrap piece of wood until you are satisfied with the fit.
You can use a hand held drill and drill a hole. WARNING: Be very careful if you do this. It is hard to hold and the drill can slip. Drill a hole about 3/4" deep.
If you have one, the best and safest way to drill a hole is to use a drill press.
If you are adding a peg to your kite, mark the center, and drill a hole that is a smidgen bigger than the part of the peg that goes into the wood. We used a drill press but you can use a hand held drill. You can go all the way through the kite.
Add some wood or crafting glue to the peg and push down into the hole. Wipe away any extra glue with a wet rag.
For the tail, cut your rope about 13" long. On one end, wrap a piece of tape tightly around the end, then cut off so about 1/4" of tape is on the end. This will make it easier to push into the hole.
Add a dab of glue to the hole and insert the taped end of the rope into the hole.
For the ties, rip and tear strips of fabric 1 1/4" wide. (For tips on how to rip and tear, see the post HERE.)
Cut each piece 5" - 6" long. Tie them to the rope every 1 1/2". Try to tie them so the right side is showing. I put 5 ties on each rope.
To prevent the ties from slipping or the rope end from unraveling, simply put a dot of glue where a tie touches the rope and at the end of the rope.
Use your favorite way to mount them to the wall. We used Joe's Sticky Stuff, which is "an aggressive pressure sensitive adhesive double sided tape". It is suppose to be heavy duty and come off without marring walls. We've never used it before, so we shall see :)