DIY How to Make Kites That Fly
DIY Kites: Materials
- clear contact paper
- Wooden dowels (like these), 1 uncut, 1 cut to 24″
- Hot Glue and Gun
- craft knife, scissors
DIY Kites: Process
Begin by measuring and cutting your wooden dowels if necessary. Then, using a craft knife, carefully cut some horizontal notches into the dowels about 1/2″ from each end. This is to help the string stay in place. If desired, you can cut two notches where the dowels will cross. This should be exactly halfway through the 24″ piece and about 3/4 through the 36″ piece.
Next, using a length of string, tie the two dowels together in a cross shape. Use an alternating “x” shape with a “=” shape to help the string stay in place. Secure with hot glue on both sides, this should help the kite be more stable.
Once the cross-shape is stable, it’s time to create the outside diamond shape. Do this by tying a long length of string to the bottom of the cross and then wrapping and tieing the string around each end. Place dabs of hot glue to secure the string.
Next, lay the contact paper on a flat surface and place your kite on top. Trace around the string so that you have your shape. Trace this shape twice. Then pull the sticky side apart from one piece and place the frame on top. Feel free to decorate here by using sequins, tissue paper, drawings, etc. When you have your kite designed, repeat the process with the contact paper, placing the sticky side onto the sticky side.
Last, using the scissors, cut a small hole in where the dowels meet and secure a length of string to the dowels. Measure about 6″ down further on the kite and repeat the process with the end of the string. This will create a half loop. From here, tie your string to the middle and ta-da! You’re done!