How to Make a "Flying" Kite With Kids

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A kite represents the whimsy of childhood, and as an art piece, it adds a playful focal point to a wall gallery. Pick out bright shades of tissue paper to fill in its diamond shape, and fashion a ribbon-adorned tail into an "S" that resembles one blowing in the wind. You can work on this craft with children of all ages, and once it's complete, hang the finished kite inside a nursery, playroom, bedroom or office. It will make any imagination soar!

how to make a flying kite with kids
how to make a flying kite with kids (Image: Kelly Smith)

Things You'll Need

  • About 60 inches of yarn
  • About 20 inches of ribbon
  • Four 12 inch dowels 
  • two feet of wax paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot glue
Things You'll Need
Things You'll Need (Image: Kelly Smith)

Step 1: Cut Our Tissue Paper and Glue the Pieces to Wax Paper

Let your little artist cut small pieces of tissue paper in a variety of colors. Then, lay out two feet of wax paper. Add a splash of water to a small bowl of glue, and hand your child a paintbrush. Let the artist decide where to glue each piece of tissue paper, and it will create hours of fun!

Cut Our Tissue Paper and Glue the Pieces to Wax Paper
Cut Our Tissue Paper and Glue the Pieces to Wax Paper (Image: Kelly Smith)

Warning

  • Children should be supervised and assisted while using scissors. If the child is too young for this step, cut the pieces yourself and move right to gluing the pieces down with your child.

Step 2: Paint the Dowels in Bright Shades

Place four dowels onto a separate piece of wax paper and allow your child to paint each one. It's all right if only one side of the dowels get painted, since only one side will be visible when the kite hangs on the wall. The wax paper makes it easy to clean up the paint once your kid is finished.

Paint the Dowels in Bright Shades
Paint the Dowels in Bright Shades (Image: Kelly Smith)

Step 3: Outline the Kite's Design With Yarn

Cut two pieces of yarn measuring about 15 inches and 11 inches long. Allow your child to dip them into the watered-down glue. Once the yarn is covered, remove it from the glue. Place the 15-inch piece vertically across the wax paper, and the 11-inch piece horizontally. Once the yarn is in place, allow it to dry overnight.

Outline the Kite's Design With Yarn
Outline the Kite's Design With Yarn (Image: Kelly Smith)

Step 4: Create the Kite's Winding Tail

Cut a third piece of yarn measuring about 30 inches long. Dip it into the watered-down glue and lay it out on a separate piece of wax paper in the shape of an "S." Dry it in this shape overnight, and it will remain stiff once gently removed from the wax paper.

Create the Kite's Winding Tail
Create the Kite's Winding Tail (Image: Kelly Smith)

Step 5: Glue on the Dowels

Using a hot glue gun, position the dowels in the shape of a diamond and fasten them onto the wax paper. You should now see your kite take shape!

Hot glue guns should be used by adults only
Hot glue guns should be used by adults only (Image: Kelly Smith)
Glue on the Dowels
Glue on the Dowels (Image: Kelly Smith)

Warning

  • Hot glue guns should be used by adults only.

Step 6: Cut the Excess Wax Paper Around the Dowels

Use scissors or a craft tool to trim the excess wax paper around the dowels, completing the shape of the kite.

Cut the Excess Wax Paper Around the Dowels
Cut the Excess Wax Paper Around the Dowels (Image: Kelly Smith)

Step 7: Finish the Kite's Tail

After gently removing the stiff yarn from the wax paper, cut eight to 10 pieces of ribbon that are about two-inches long. Tie the ribbons into bows on the tail, allowing for a few inches of space between each one. Then, hot glue the finished tail onto the back of the kite.

Finish the Kite's Tail
Finish the Kite's Tail (Image: Kelly Smith)

Step 8: Display the Kite Art

Use poster tack to hang the kite onto a wall or in a large window.

Display the Kite Art
Display the Kite Art (Image: Kelly Smith)

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