Artful shuttlecock-making

Shuttlecock kicking has a time-honored history in China and enjoys wide circulation as a folk sport with distinctive features. It’s said that people in the Shang Dynasty over 3,000 years ago developed a dance of jumping while kicking, which may be the rudiment of shuttlecock kicking.

Shuttlecock Kicking

Confucius Institute Reporter
Sun Ying
本刊记者 孙颖
Keeping fit via sports has long been the common aspiration of both Chinese and foreign people throughout the ages. If we can do some dexterous and interesting exercises in scorching summer, it can not only build up our body, but also add more delight.

Shuttlecock kicking has a time-honored history in China and enjoys wide circulation as a folk sport with distinctive features. It’s said that people in the Shang Dynasty over 3,000 years ago developed a dance of jumping while kicking, which may be the rudiment of shuttlecock kicking.

Shuttlecock is a game instrument with chicken feather inserted on round leather or metal base. There are no restrictions on the number of people and venue. It can be kicked by one or two people, or kicked by a group of people in a circle, or between two teams. With diverse patterns, shuttlecock kicking comes as a game with great fun.

It’s easy to make a shuttlecock. At the earliest time, feather of animals was used as the feather of shuttlecock. Later, plastic cloth, or flexible paper are cut into long strip tassels to replace feather. In this edition of Handicraft Workshop, we will teach you how to make interesting and beautiful shuttlecock with plastic bag.

Shuttlecock Kicking

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BASIC STEPS

Materials: one thicker plastic bag which is less than 30cm in length and width, one coin with the diameter of 2cm, one rubber band and a pair of scissors.

STEP 1

Cut away the two handles of the plastic bag, fold it horizontally and then vertically to find the central point of the bag and make a mark.

STEP 2

Fold several times on the upper and bottom ends of the bag.

STEP 3

Cut the folded ends into 1 cm strips.

STEP 4

Open the folded part and put the coin on the central point.

STEP 5

Wrap up the coin with the plastic bag, take up the rubber band by another hand and entangle it with the grabbing point below the coin until the rubber band couldn’t be entangled any more.

TIP

We may prepare more coins of the same size and put them on the bottom of the shuttlecock to make it more stable.


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pdfPublished in Confucius Institute Magazine
Magazine 21. Volume 4. July 2012.
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