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Go Fly a Kite!
Go Fly a Kite!
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Go Fly a Kite!

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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!

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Orange - 38
  • Yellow - 52
  • Light Green - 128
  • Toothpaste - 22
  • White - 18

Rod Colors Needed:

  • Yellow - 4
  • Light Green - 8

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Matching cord
  • Large-eye blunt needle
Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Go Fly a Kite Project Pattern. You will use the 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.

Step: 3

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. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step: 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards 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. Additional heating time may be required.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Thread the needle with 12 inches 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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