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  • Go Fly a Kite

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  • Go Fly a Kite!

    Designed By Karen Benvenuti

    These quick and easy kites are fun to make with Perler Beads ’n Rods. These diamond-shaped designs can be customized with your favorite colors, and the tails are made with stringing beads and rods onto cord. You can even make them into kite keychains!

Directions:

Bead Colors/Quantity Needed:
Orange - 38
Yellow - 52
Light Green - 128
Toothpaste - 22
White - 18

Rod Colors/Quantity Needed:
Yellow - 4
Light Green - 8

1. Download the Go Fly a Kite Project Pattern. Use a large hexagon pegboard for your projects. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it.
Place the beads for the project.

2. Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. Let the design cool.


3. Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat step two. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboard and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Depending on the size of the project, additional heating time may be required. DO NOT OVER-IRON the beads as it will make the centers of the beads close and can make the assembly you do with your project more challenging.

4. ASSEMBLY: Thread the needle with 12" of matching cord. Insert the needle through the bottom bead and even up the ends. With one of the tails still threaded in the needle, follow the pattern in the photo to string beads and rods onto the tail. Finish with a large knot to hold the strung beads in place. Repeat for the other kite tails.

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Other Supplies

  • Matching cord
  • Large-eye blunt needle

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