Kites are the classic childhood toy that we have fond memories of. Nothing is more exciting than flying a kite on the cool breezy day. Kite making is a simple and practical craft that one can enjoy constructing. Flying a kite made by your own hands will make you smile!
With a few household materials, kite making is a simple and fun procedure. So let your creativity soar. With help of few instructions mentioned below one can make a kite sitting at the house.
Steps Of How To Make A Simple Kite
Step 1: Get your material
The material required to make a kite at home are
- An enormous strong plastic bag.
- A roll of electric tape.
- Two thin hardwood rod, at least as long as the plastic sheet.
- A roll of nylon knitting yarn or some other light but strong synthetic thread, such as a fishing line.
- A piece of wood or cardboard for the winder.
Step 2: Collect your tools
The basic tools required by beginner can all be found at home.
- A ruler.
- A Scissors.
- A black marker pen.
- A carving knife.
Step 3: Sketch your kite
Lay your plastic bag smoothly down on a flat surface, with the opening at the bottom. Mark three dots on the bag: one in the very top-left corner (closed end), a second on the left edge 100 cm down from the first dot, and a third 25cm down from the top and 50 cm in from the left edge.
Using the ruler, draw a straight line from dot one across to dot three, then back down and across to dot two. The dots should form an uneven triangle.
Flip the bag over, and on the reverse side trace over the original pen line to make a matching triangle shape. Carefully cut along the top and left-hand edge of the bag. Open it out to a form a large flat sheet which will now have a recognizable diamond kite shape marked out.
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Step 4: Cut the kite sail
Cut out your diamond carefully with the help of the scissors. Please make sure only adult person uses the scissor. Save the remaining plastic bag.
Step 5: Build the kite structure
Take one wooden rod and lay it at the center of your kite shape from top to down. Cut the extra length so that it is exactly the length of the kite. Cut a roughly 5cm piece of tape to affix each end of the wooden rod to the plastic. Tape along the length of the wood and fold the tape over a little at the top and bottom to firmly secure it.
Take a second piece of the wooden rod and lay it from the left to right corners of the kite shape, to form a ‘t’ with the first piece. Adjust the length and tape exactly as you did before.
Step 6: Attach the thread
Turn the kite over and, using the end of the scissors, poke a small hole in the plastic where the two wooden rods meet. Thread one end of your thread through the hole and firmly tie it to both pieces of wood, add some tape to the middle of the knot to make sure it is firmly in place.
Tie the other end of the line to a small wooden block or piece of board that you can hold comfortably.
To make this handle, a strip of cardboard long enough to hold with both hands and slice a slit in the middle on both sides. Stick the end of the thread in one of the slits so that it doesn’t move as you wind the thread around.
Step 7: Make the tail
From the remaining pieces of a plastic bag, make a long, narrow tail for your kite. The tail should be around 5cm wide and about twice as long as your kite.
You might need to tape pieces together and may need to use a second bag if you don’t have enough left over. Tie the tail to the bottom of the longer length of a wooden rod, just above where it is taped to the plastic.