How to Make a Simple Kite for Kids

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Kites have long been known to provide hours of fun on long summer days and kids often find making them as entertaining as flying them. Most materials can be found around the house or purchased inexpensively at hobby stores.

Go fly a kite.
(Debbie Williams)

Things You'll Need

  • One 3/16-inch dowel 36 inches long
  • One 3/16-inch dowel 30 inches long
  • Small gauge wire
  • Duct tape
  • Wrapping paper
  • Permanent glue stick
  • Utility knife
  • Ribbon
  • Kite string
Step 1

Gather supplies and make ready a clear work area. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Supplies
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Step 2

Using the utility knife, cut a small notch 12 inches down on the 36-inch dowel and another one in the center of the 30-inch dowel.

Notch the dowels
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Step 3

Lay the dowels together at a 90 degree angle at the notches. Wrap small gauge wire around and between the dowels, forming an X and binding them together tightly.

Wire dowels together
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Step 4

Wrap the wire with duct tape to prevent the wire from rubbing and tearing the paper which will cover the kite.

Tape the joint
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Step 5

Cut horizontal notches in the 36-inch dowel and vertical notches in the 30-inch dowel. Tie a length of string at the top of the 36-inch dowel going through the notch and around the dowel. Continue the string around the kite frame fitting it into the notches and around the dowel at each point. Keep the string taught but do not pull the frame out of the familiar diamond shape.

String the frame
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Step 6

Lay the frame on the wrapping paper and trim to 1 inch around the perimeter of the kite frame. Fold and glue the edges over the string.

Attach the paper
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Step 7

Wrap the edges with duct tape, being sure to reinforce the corners. Use a paper punch to punch two holes at each corner close to the stick.

Punch holes close to the stick
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Step 8

Thread a length of string through the holes on one side and tie tightly. Pull gently across to the opposite side and thread the string through the holes. Tie this string tightly, putting a slight arch in the kite frame.

Set the bow
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Step 9

Place tape patches 4 inches from the center on each side. Put these patches on both sides of the paper and cut a small X in the center of each patch.

Tape patches
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Step 10

Thread a length of string through the Xs and tie it to the cross brace at both sites, leaving a loop about 10 inches long. Tie the kite string to this bridle. Attach a 6-foot length of ribbon to the bottom through the holes and add a few 6-inch cross pieces to the tail.

Finish the kite
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