Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Making Kites

There is a warm wind blowing today.
After discovering that isn't nearly as cold outside as it looks, I remembered a fun project from a couple of years ago... Kites!!
On to it, then!

You'll need paper (the lighter in weight the better), barbecue skewers, tape, a small piece of cardboard, string, and something for a tail - we are using surveyor's tape (from the hardware store), but you could use strips of really light plastic (cut from a plastic bag), if you like.Choose your paper.

Fold it in half.

While it's still folded in half, make a second fold.
Fold back one edge (along the same line, only folding it backwards) to see your kite shape. To make the spine of the kite, crease the middle, and tape the length of the opened fold.
Cut the skewer to the width of your kite, corner to corner.
Tape down the skewer.

Turn the kite back over, and crease the fold back and forth on both sides so the flap stands up, and is not leaning to one side to act as a rudder (otherwise it will just spin).
Punch a hole in the flap, at about the 1/3 point of the kite.
Wrap your string around a piece of cardboard (taping the end or tying it on is a good idea).
Put a paper reinforcer over your hole, if you like, and tie on your string. To keep it attached to your kite, you may want to tape down the short end to keep the knot from coming undone.
Tape on six to 10 feet of your surveyor's tape or cut plastic for your tail.
Now run!

14 comments:

Sarah said...

Looks like fun! And very colorful.

I remember looking at the bright side of the wind when we moved here - we'd be able to fly kites!!!

Alas, the wind is too strong for it all but three days out of the year. Tears the kites to shreds.

On the bright side, we can fly volkswagens.

Sara said...

Oh that looks like fun! I can't wait to be able to go out and fly kites here. It's minus 15 here right now.

Maryeliz said...

Excellent! And thanks for the tutorial.

The Magic Onions said...

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial... I have bookmarked it and we will definitely make kites on a windy day... I grew up in a windy city and have a dislike of wind, perhaps making wind fun will help me enjoy it more...

Sam said...

We'll have to try that at the beach. Nice and easy, thanks :-)

jgy said...

Nice kites.
Lovely blog.
I followed the link from Amber and LadyBugZ's blog to visit.
Best wishes,
Joanne

Leigh said...

what a great project! i will have to try this soon...

Dawn said...

This looks like great fun! We were just saying we need to get some kites... Now we can make them!
Thanks!

STAY AT HOME MOMMY FROM MAINE said...

Hi! I found you through the crafty crow last week. I've been thinking we were going to make these since... tomorrow is the day! It looks easy, hopefully we will be able to make them fly! Thanks :)

annie said...

I'm curious what size paper you used... Is it just regular 8 1/2 by 11?

Stephanie said...

Yeah, we used 8.5 x 11.

If you want it to go high, use something really light, and thin skewers. (Newspapwer would probably work well.)

Ours was pretty heavy, and while they were definitely airborn, the wind didn't carry them up too far.
They were still fun, though, because they'd toss and turn while the children ran and played.

annie said...

Thanks! I was trying to get it figured out because I am thinking of putting together "kite making kits" for party favors at my daughter's b-day party this weekend.

emilyflippinmaruna said...

just wanted to let you know I've mentioned your tutorial in a must have/make list of my blog, The Handmade Experiment. Check it out and let me know what you think! http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/get-outta-here-and-go-outside/

Emily

Monica said...

Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for posting this project. We are using it at our library for a Spring Break project for the second time this year! It's very easy and children and parents both love making and decorating their kites (even if they don't always fly so well) Last year, we were even lucky enough for a nice day for kids to run with their kites outside!