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May 17, 2019

How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - kiteIt's a windy weekend, just perfect for flying a kite that my son has long been asking for. I have nothing in my pocket to buy those colorful kites in the store, but I have a brilliant idea on how to make it which I learned from my childhood.

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Supplies:

  • plastic bag
  • transparent tape
  • scissors
  • thread and needle
  • skewers or bamboo sticks
How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Cut the handles off the bag and cut it open.
  2. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - cut off the handles and cut open down the sides
     
  3. Fold it diagonally to form a triangular shape.
  4. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - fold diagonally to create a triangle
     
  5. Cut it out. As you see it created a diamond shape.
  6. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - cut it out to make a diamond shape
     
  7. Tie two to three sticks together to make a long stick. The length is based on height of the diamond.
  8. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - tie sticks together based on the height of the diamond, make two
     
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  9. Make two of these.
  10. Stick them together in different positions to form a cross. Use a tape to secure. Or it is best if you use thin rubber bands.
  11. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - band them together to make a cross and place on the plastic
     
  12. Place it onto the diamond plastic.
  13. Stick the tips of the sticks onto the corners of the plastic.
  14. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - attach the ends of the sticks to the corners of the diamond
     
    How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - attached, horizontal stick is bowed
     
  15. Flip the kite. Sew three inches below the center of the sticks with the plastic.
  16. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - sew through the plastic and round the stick
     
  17. Then pull the thread up and sew it on the center and lock. Now you have something like a thread handle.
  18. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - pull up the thread and sew to the center and tie off
     
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  19. Tie a long piece of thread onto that handle.
  20. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - tie a long piece of thread onto it
     
  21. Tie the other side/tip onto a piece of stick.
  22. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - tie the other end onto a stick
     
  23. Use the plastic bag trimmings to cut strips.
  24. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - cut strips from the leftover parts of the bag
     
  25. Stick the strips onto the tips of the kite.
  26. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - attach the strips to the bottom end of the vertical stick
     
  27. Your kite is now ready to fly!
  28. How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - it is ready to fly
     
    How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - airborne kite
     
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    How to Make a Mini Kiddie Kite - child flying kite
     

Note: This kite is only for kids. It doesn't fly very high like what adults and professionals make. But this can be improved by using thicker plastic and bigger sticks so it flies higher.

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December 11, 2004

You can make a kite with just about any piece of thin plastic, some tape and thin dowels. The site below has nice instructions for building a simple kite.

Link: https://www.thinkingfountain.org/k/kites/kites.html

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November 13, 2004

Nice site for kite plans and instructions.

Link: https://web.archive.org/web/20110103001408/http://www.ict.griffith.edu.au/~anthony/kites/

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