To make your own paper kites you need:
- Two wooden dowels (ours were 1/4″ and 1/8″ in diameter because we used what we had on hand), cut to 33″ and 24″ lengths.
- 36″ wide sheet of paper (or several smaller sheets taped together to make a large one)
- Acrylic paints, crayons or markers
- Ribbon or fabric scraps
- Optional: Mod Podge Washout, stencils and patterned paper for embellishment
- First things first, start by decorating your kite! You can use crayons, markers, or paints to color and design your own kit.
- To build the kite frame tie together the two dowels as shown and then reinforced the joint with hot glue if desired. The perimeter is created by tying a single length of twine from one end of the dowel to the next. I wrapped the twine a few times at each end piece and secured with hot glue.
- Lay the kite frame out on to the painted artwork and trim the paper to size. Leave a 2″ border around the kite frame for folding and finishing the kite.
- Start by folding the corners and securing the tape. Next, fold the side seams over the twine and secure with tape along the entire length of the fold.
- This next step is easier to show through pictures than words, so please take a look at the photos to illustrate what I mean. Find the mid-point of the two sections of the longer dowel and use scissors to cut a small slit in the kite at those locations. You may want to reinforce the holes with a small piece of tape on both sides.
- Tie a length of twine to the dowel at the first slit location and feed the string through the slit to the front side of the kite. Feed the string back through the other slit and finish by tying it to the dowel on the back side of the kite. Make sure that the string is not pulsed tightly on the front side of the kite, but that it has a good amount of slack in it.
- Tie the string that you will use to fly the kite to the center of the bridle, and tie on some ribbons or fabric scraps to create the kite’s tail.
- Now head outside and test it out!