Now summer is here, why not challenge yourself with a craft project to create a handmade kite to fly in the park, or take on a family picnic or trip to the beach?
An affordable, fun and plastic-free alternative to traditional kites, building a papercraft kite can also act as a mindful experience, and be an opportunity for the family to spend time together, with older children helping younger siblings.
Crafter Emma Howcutt-Kelly and her wife Clare have always enjoyed crafting and making things. "It's relaxing and gives you a sense of achievement," says Clare. "Paper is a versatile material too and it's easy to rip it up and start again if you go wrong."
Emma found a simple how-to video online detailing the process of crafting a paper kite at home with a few everyday household items. Find out how Emma, Clare and their young son got on, and discover top tips for making your own unique papercraft kite.
You will need
• Creative Park app (or website)
• Canon PIXMA printer, such as the Canon PIXMA TS5350a Series
• Canon Matte Photo Paper
• Glue stick, glue gun, glue dots or sticky tape
• String, twine or ribbon
• Paper straws or wooden sticks for the frame