Flying a kite is one of the fundamental carefree entertainments, which is a symbol for a healthy lifestyle. It enforces you to spend more time outdoors that bring the feeling of rejuvenation and renew energy. I see kite as if having happiness on a string. Watching a colorful kite soaring overhead in the sky is a beautiful sight. Flying kite started over 1000 years ago but the joy of flying kite is still the same. Sure, you can choose factory made kites available in store to buy very cheap but making your own kite and flying it is an ultimate experience of joy that you share with family. You can extend the family fun and choose to be creative by making your own kite.
You can make a kite with the supplies that you most probably will have at home. You can use various materials for making kite body including strong paper to plastic bags.
Plastic garbage bag/ large paper envelope
Paint and paintbrush
Skewers for kite spars
Pair of scissor
Steps to make your own kite
Step 1. Cut out a square from a large garbage plastic bag or paper envelope that measure about 48 cm squares.
Step 2. Make three marks along the center; the middle mark should be about 14 cm from the top.
Step 3. Join the marks on the edge using a pencil. Make sure the square is 1 cm bigger than the skewers all around.
Step 6. Draw a design on the kite and paint it. I choose to make a dragon face with basic colors. You can extend your creativity here and make a design of your liking. Leave the kite on the side to let it dry.
Step 7. Place the two skewers into a cross shape (t) and connect them at the center using a string to make kite frame.
Step 8. Now place the frame on the kite body and secure it using tape. Make sure all the four ends of the frame are firmly and tightly attached to the body.
Step 9. Make a hole in the center and bottom of the kite and two holes one on each side of the kite.
Step 10. Turn the kite over. Push the ends of the thread trough the holes and tie them to the upright skewers at the back.
Step 11. Make a small loop at a right angle to the kite. This is a kite bridle and most tricky part in making a kite. Whether your kite will fly or not is going to depend on this loop. If your kite doesn’t fly very well try adjusting this loop.
Step 12. Wrap tape over the knots to hold it in place.
Step 13. To make the tail, use ribbons or cut strips of a plastic bag and attached at the end using string or tape. The Tail of a kite is important for keeping the balance.
Your kite is ready for its first flight. Take your kite out on a windy day and enjoy.