Flying a kite is, perhaps, one of the most wonderful activities to try as the warmer weather approaches. Indeed, the arrival of spring often brings with it warm and windy days, which provide the perfect environment for letting a kite fly up into the sky above.
Of course, you can always head to the store with your little ones and purchase any of the kites that you see on the shelves. However, this month, in honor of March being National Kite Month, we are encouraging parents and children nationwide to work with one another and build their very own kite. It’s fairly simple, and it allows you to collectively engage in a new and exciting arts and crafts project.
So this week, don’t wait any longer to build the kite of your dreams. Instead, follow these easy tips on how to build your own kite and get ready to let it fly among the clouds above your head.
Gather Your Supplies
In order to work on your do-it-yourself kite project, you will first need some supplies. Some of these supplies may already be lying around your house, while others may need to be obtained from a local hardware or grocery store.
To start, you will need a 13-gallon plastic trash bag; and while the color doesn’t matter for flight, a white one will prove to be the best when it comes time to decorate the kite with the little ones. In addition, you will also need two wooden dowels or straight sticks, one 24 inches and the other 20 inches – these will act as the backbone of your kite.
Finally, for this project you will also need a pair of scissors, string or fishing line, a ruler, clear packaging tape, and ribbon and permanent markers for additional decoration. You may also wish to keep additional arts and crafts supplies on hand if the children want to truly exercise their decorative spirits.
Begin Creating Your Kite
Once you have all of the supplies that you will need to build your own DIY kite, you can begin. Start by cutting open the 13-gallon trash bag to form a flat sheet of plastic. After cutting the trash bag, measure and mark six inches down the long stick, and lay the short stick at the mark to create the shape of a “t” or a cross. When the sticks are in line with one another, tie or glue the sticks together, or use some additional tape to ensure they are fastened securely to one another.
Place the sticks down on the trash bag after laying it out flat, and use a pen and ruler to draw an outline of the kite, starting from the top. When you are finished with this step, you should have drawn the shape of a diamond on the plastic trash bag. Using the scissors, cut out the diamond two inches wider than the shape you drew to ensure there is extra material to fasten to the sticks.
After you have the diamond cutout, it is time to decorate! Make sure to not attach any decorations that will make it too heavy to fly. After you are finished decorating, lay the wooden sticks atop the diamond and fold the edges over the stick frame; tape the frame to the sticks.
Finally, cut a piece of string or fishing line 20 inches long, poke a hole in the top and bottom of the kite, and tie the string in both holes. Then, tie on the rest of the string you have to the middle of this piece of string so that you can control the kite. To complete the kite, tape a piece of ribbon to the bottom to create a tail that will float behind it in the wind.
Flying the Kite
Of course, the most important thing to remember when flying a kite is that it must be a windy day; this is the essence of the kite’s propulsion. In addition to this, make sure that you fly the kite away from trees or power lines, as well as anything else that could pose significant danger to the kite. In general, one of the best places to fly a kite is in an open field with nothing in your way.
How to Build Your Own Kite with Your Kids
Are you ready to build your own kite at home with your kids in honor of National Kite Month? If so, follow these fun and simple DIY kite tips and get ready to have a blast on the next windy day!