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Monday, March 3, 2014

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

So, who else is a little bit tired of winter? I say enough already-- We want SPRING!!!
It's a WYLTC week and I'm playing hostess. Picking a theme for this month wasn’t hard, between all the cold and rain and even snow here in the PNW (and everywhere else!) I’m craving a bit more color and heat, so our theme this month is:
Welcome Spring!
For my project I took to one of mine and my kids favorite spring time activities—kite flying!
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It’s bright and fun and just what my gloomy spirit needed! I think I can now survive until the sun arrives.
I started by drawing out my patterns and then traced and cut them from ¾ inch MDF.
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I have been tinkering around with my band saw more lately and thought I’d give it a go on this project as well. The band saw makes it super easy to add a bit more dimension to your wood cutouts—and it’s really fast!
After I cut out the basic kite and bows, I went back through and cut apart all the different sections of the kite and then beveled the base of the saw and re-cut all the edges.
 {You can also do this with a power sander, it just takes longer and is a lot messier.}
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From there I painted all the pieces, sanded the edges a bit, and then using wood glue, put it all back together. Once it was dry, I used a thick gauge wire to wrap around the base of the kite and the bows. I used a bit of the wire on the back to create a hanger and then took it outside to hang on the door…
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It was cute, but needed a little more. I walked back into the house trying to decide what that “more” was and my eye caught a grapevine wreath form and BAM! That was it…
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The wreath and a little bit of greenery and I am feeling Spring is not so far away.
{It also reminded me of how I really do fly kites…always in the trees!}
I can’t wait to see what the other WYLTC gals bring to the plate this week…it can only get happier, brighter, and warmer.  Who knows, by week’s end we may have created a heat wave!
Happy crafting-
**I'll be adding this wood kit and pattern to my etsy shop or, feel free to email me to find out how to get your own!**
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