How to Make a Kite

Kite making is an activity that can develop your skills in arts and crafts. Although a kite is considered by many as just a toy, making one is not as easy as playing with it. Building a kite involves strictly following a lot of instructions.

Materials Needed

  • 2 dowel rods
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Utility knife
  • Sturdy string
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Strips of cloths or ribbons

Making the Kite

  1. Cut the doweling rods into two lengths, one 24 inches long and the other 16 inches long.
  2. Measure each dowel rod piece with a ruler. Mark the half of the 16-inch piece. As for the 24-inch piece, make a mark at a third of its total length.
  3. Position the two rods on top of one another such that they would be forming right angles. You will know that you are doing it properly when the two rods form a cross.
  4. Cut enough string to bind the two rods together at the point of their intersection. Make a secure knot and cut off unnecessary string.
  5. With a utility knife, cut a small notch at the ends of both rods. The notches will hold the string that gives the kite its shape.
  6. Put some string in the notch located at the top of the frame of the kite. Wind it around the rod’s top.
  7. After securing the string at the top rod, draw it securely around the frame’s edges.
  8. Secure the string by tying the ends of the kite together with a tight knot.
  9. Put the finished frame on top of a large piece of paper.
  10. The frame will serve as a template that you will trace and cut.
  11. Glue the edge of the paper to the frame.
  12. Tie a string to the ends of each rod. The strings should be longer than the rods.
  13. Gather the ends of the strings and locate a point at the front of your kite where these strings intersect. Do not forget that spot because that will serve as the point where you will attach the piece of string that you will be holding when flying the kite.
  14. To make the kite’s tail, just add several ribbons at the bottom. Now you’re all set to fly your kite.