Flying a kite is a fun activity to do outside on a windy day. Instead of buying, you can easily make your own at home with a few standard ingredients. You can make kites of any color and length you want, with or without a frame.
Method 1 of 2: Making a Kite with a Skeleton
Step 1. Gather the ingredients
Most likely you already have these ingredients at home. Otherwise, buy it at a craft store.
Paper (rectangular/rhombic shape)
- You can glue 4 pieces of paper measuring 20x30 cm to make a larger kite
- Card stock paper is thicker and better than regular paper
- duct tape
- Rope/kenur/glass thread
- Two bamboo frames (one about the size of a paper diagonal, and the other 3 inches longer)
Step 2. Fold the paper in half diagonally
Fold the paper neatly and open it again.
Step 3. Create the frame
Place the shorter bamboo on the folded paper, then tape it. The bamboo frame should be right at the corners of the paper.
Step 4. Install the second frame
Take a longer piece of bamboo and tape one end to the unframed corner of the paper. The short bamboo must be tapered all over, but the long one just needs to be tapered at the end.
Step 5. Curl the bamboo
After one side is tapered, bend a long piece of bamboo and tape the other end to the opposite corner. Use two small pieces of tape to secure the arch to hold it in place.
Step 6. Cut off the remaining tape
If there is any remaining tape at the end, cut it off to prevent the kite from flying out of control.
Step 7. Cut the ribbon
Glue the ribbon to the kite. Attach the tape following the same line as the short frame. The ribbons will become colorful tails and help the kite keep flying.
Step 8. Tie the rope, kenur, or glass thread
Tie the sash to one of the curved sides of the frame. After the glue on the tape dries, the kite is ready to fly. Tie the remaining kenur around the cardboard tube of the used tissue roll to make it easier for you to roll and unroll it.
Method 2 of 2: Making a Kite Without a Frame
Step 1. Gather the ingredients
For this kite, you only need a few ingredients. Choose any color you want and decorate it however you like.
- 20x30 cm card stock (you can also use plain paper, but card stock is stronger)
- Paper hole puncher
Step 2. Fold the paper in half
The short sides of the paper should meet (hamburger style). Fold it with the decorations on the outside, then turn the paper over so the folds are close to you.
Step 3. Draw a line 7 cm long with a pencil from the left side
Look for the edge of the folded paper that is close to you. Measure 7 cm from the left side and mark with a pencil.
Step 4. Repeat the measurement
From the mark you just made, measure another 7 cm long and mark it with a pencil.
Step 5. Find the top left corner
Drag the top layer of paper to the first pencil mark, but don't fold it.
Step 6. Bring the two corners together
Take the paper carefully while holding the first corner at the pencil mark. Take the other side of the paper and pull it like the first paper. The two pieces of paper must be aligned with the pencil marks.
Step 7. Stapling the two corners in place
These staples will hold the kite folds in the air. Attach the tail to the end of the kite if you like. The tail will make the kite more stable.
Step 8. Make a hole in the point where the second pencil mark is
Insert the end of the rope into the hole and tie it. Your kite is ready to fly. Tie the remaining kenur around the cardboard tube of the used tissue roll to make it easier for you to roll and unroll it.
- Cut in a direction away from your body!
- Spray glue is a great option for gluing paper kites.
- The kite will be different every time you make it. So you may need to make some adjustments.