13 March 2021 (updated)

Kite Making: How to Build a Kite With Your Kids

Use your own crafting skills to test out some kite making ideas with your kids today! There’s no better way to celebrate a breezy day and have some quality time!

Few things can be more fun for the creative kid than sitting down to do some arts and crafts. But, there’s more to being crafty than drawing and painting – that’s where kite making for kids comes in! It’s easy enough to head to the store for a flowing, colorful one. However, making a kite can be a fun at-home project with your children. From the top to the tail, here are our tips for what you need to make it happen!

What Do You Need to Make a Homemade Kite?

We love the feeling of heading outside to fly a colorful kite on a slightly windy day! It can be hard to find the perfect one but part of the fun is building a kite yourself. You might even be surprised to learn that you don’t need a lot of special materials. In fact, all you need for kite building is:

  • newspaper
  • some string or ribbon
  • glue or tape
  • scissors
  • two 3-foot wooden or plastic sticks

It might sound too simple, but you can always dress up your DIY kite with decorations like glitter and stickers. You may even want to invest in a kite-making kit so you can get all the materials in one place. Share your fun ideas with other parents on a family app!

What Is the Easiest Kind to Make?

There are a few different kites you can build if you’re ready to get into the action. Of all the shapes, a delta kite is the most recognizable one. Because of its pointed shape, it will meld to the wind.

However, in the event of extreme winds, there are better options.  A diamond-shaped kite is probably your best bet if you’re looking for an easy option that will take flight. This version’s tail will keep it pointed into the wind even if there isn’t a lot to keep it up. The sled kite is convenient because it can simply be rolled up. However, if you’re considering this option, you’ll need to be patient with the rough currents close to the ground.

How Do You Build a Kite Step by Step?

Kite making instructions are almost as easy as one-two-three! It can also make for a great Sunday afternoon project for you and your kids. All you have to do is follow these steps and you’ll be flying high soon. Be sure to share them with other parents on FamilyApp!

  1. Get Your Materials! – It helps to have a printable pattern, so ensure it’s ready alongside all your supplies. Keep in mind that markers and paint can also help to dress up an otherwise dull-colored kite.
  2. Make Your Base – You’ll need to locate the mid-point on one stick so you can place the crosspiece about 12 inches from one end. Once you’ve done this, use tape to fasten the sticks securely together.
  3. Attach the String – Run string from one end of the crosspiece to the top of the spine and the other end of the spine. Use tape to fasten the string to each end.
  4. Apply the Frame – Whether you’re making a paper kite or using plastic, cover the base and secure it with tape or glue. This is where you can get creative with your own kite making DIY embellishments!
  5. Create the Bridle – Punch two holes on the spine for the bridle. Feed string separately through both of the holes and tie it to the spine. These pieces of string should stretch approximately 8” from the kite.
  6. Add the String – Last but not least, attach a piece of string to the bridle that will best serve your flying methods. Share your success stories with others on your favorite family app.

It can be easy to go out and buy such an outdoor toy, but creating your own can be a fun way to spend time with family! All you need are a few materials and a little bit of creativity. Do you have any kite making tips? Share them with others in our comments and let your DIY kite fly high!



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