Breezy Weather presents the perfect opportunity for some fab DIY kite crafting!
Here are two options for making a simple kite to fly anywhere the fancy takes you using materials that you may already have at home!
Children will love the satisfaction of crafting their own kite and it’s good exercise too as there is no way they will want it to fail in flight! So expect, I hope, athletic results from all participants!
What you will need:
- Two lightweight sticks/twigs (per kite), one of the two sticks will end up being shorter than the other.
- A piece of plastic sheet (carrier bag) or paper, for the larger kite 30.5cms wide x 42cms height. Smaller kite: 8.5cms wide x 11cms height
- Pen or pencil to mark up your materials
- All purpose glue such as PVA or UHU.
- String or thread
- Sellotape or gaffer tape
- Ruler or measuring tool
- Decorating Materials – free choice! Permanent marker pens, tissue paper cut or glued in any style to make textures as well as a flat surface, sugar papers, ribbon, bio glitter, feathers, washiest tape, stickers.
- Find your two sticks, if foraging for these try to find two straight lightweight ones.
One needs to be the width of your piece of plastic the other the length. Join them at the centre.
In the image above the long stick for the large kite is 42cms and the shorter stick is 30.5cms.
Measure approximately 15cms in and 28cms up this is the point to tape or tie your two sticks together, my preference was to do both!
2. Lie the secured sticks on the reverse side of the plastic and tape them down at the edges using sellotape.
3. Draw a cutting line from the end of one stick to the other all the way around to form a diamond shape
From the bottom point to the next edge it should measure about 31cms. From the next edge to the top point it should measure about 20.5cms.
Cut along the line to cut out your kite.
4. Tie string around the centre to form a loop or bridle to attach your guide string.
5. Tie or tape a guide string from the bottom point of your kite up to the loop. You can also attach streamers made from tissue or string with paper or ribbon bows to the end of your kite, you decide how long you want it to be and the guide string. It is good to wrap your guide string around something like a small piece of stick. Make the guide string about 2 – 3metres long if possible.
6. Now have fun decorating your kite – faces are very effective but you may have other ideas. You could cut out letters and put your name on it or a message! It is nice to add decoration to the inside of your kite too!
7. The moment you have been waiting for! A test flight! Take it outside and have fun helping it catch the air and do a dance! I hope you can do a selfie or have someone take a photo of you and your great creation!
Well done you are Awesome! Xxxxxx
For the mini kite, the same making method applies only use the measurements 8.5cms wide x 11cms height.
Fasten the crossing sticks together at mid point – 7cms up from the bottom and 4.75cm in from the side point.
The little kite is manageable for younger children. Have fun! The concept of flight can be introduced through them trying this out and the idea of it being something they can manufacture themselves is a great confidence builder. Materials don’t need to be fancy but their decoration time will be a chance for them to make it personal! Kites originated in China 3000 years ago and were used to measure distances or send messages! This concept also might excite your children and inspire further play!