Kite Making | How to Make A Simple Indian Kite At Home | Life Hacks | Patang making | 2018
How to Make an Easy Kite
Flying a kite is a great way to spend a windy day outside. Instead of going out and buying one, you can easily make one at home with a few basic materials. You can make your kite any color or length you wan, and you can make it with or without dowels.
Constructing Your Kite with Dowels
Gather your materials.You may have many of these materials on hand at home. Otherwise, try a craft store.
- Paper (square/diamond shape)
- You can glue 4 8.5"x11" pieces of paper together for a bigger kite
- Card stock is thicker and better than standard paper
- Two bamboo dowels (one the size of your paper diagonally, and one with an extra inch)
- Paper (square/diamond shape)
Fold your paper in half diagonally.Crease the paper well and open it up again.
Create your structure.Place the shorter one of your dowels in this crease and tape it. You want it to be flush with the corners of your paper.
Use your other dowel.Take your longer dowel and tape one end to a corner of your paper that doesn’t have the first dowel taped down. Although you taped the entire smaller dowel, only tape the end of this one.
Arc your dowel.Now that one side is taped down, arc your longer dowel and tape the other side to the opposite corner. Use two small pieces of tape to keep this arc in place.
Cut excess tape.If you have excess tape on your edges, cut it away to prevent your kite from flying without control.
Cut your ribbon.Glue your ribbon to your kite. You want it to follow the same line as your shorter dowel. It will make a colorful tail to help your kite stay in flight.
Attach your twine.Tie your twine onto the sides of the arched dowel. As soon as the glue on your ribbon dries, you’re kite is ready to fly. Wrap your twine around a toilet paper roll if it makes it easier for you to reel in and out.
Constructing Your Kite Without Dowels
Gather your materials.For your kite, you’ll only need a few things. You can choose any color you want, and decorate it however you’d like.
- 8.5”x11” piece of card stock (Standard paper works too, but card stock is stronger)
- Hole punch
Fold your piece of paper in half.The shorter sides of your paper should meet (hamburger style). Fold with your decorations on the outside of the paper and turn the paper so that the fold is closest to you.
Make a pencil mark 2.5in (6.35cm) in from the left corner.Find the edge of your folded paper that’s closest to you. Measure 2.5” in from the left side and mark it with your pencil.
Repeat your measurement.From the mark that you just made, measure 2.5” again and mark it with your pencil.
Find the top left corner.Fold the top layer of paper to your first pencil mark, but don’t crease it.
Match the other corner.Pick up your paper carefully while holding the first corner in place on your pencil mark. Grab the other side of the paper and fold it down to mirror the first fold. They should line up on the first pencil mark.
Staple these corners in place.This is going to be what holds your kite in the air. Attach a tail to the other end of your kite if you wish; this will add stability.
Punch a hole where you made the second pencil mark.Loop one end of your kite string though the hole and knot it. Your kite is ready to fly! Wrap the string around an empty toilet paper roll to make it easier to reel in and out.
QuestionWill string work instead of twine?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it is strong and thick enough, string will do. But twine is best.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use another ribbon for a kite?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, any ribbon will suffice because all ribbons are light enough to be the tail of a kite.Thanks!
QuestionWill a kite without dowels fly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOn a really windy day it might flap around a bit, but it will not really fly unless you use dowels or a similar support.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use a broomstick instead of dowels?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA broomstick is too thick and heavy to fly.Thanks!
QuestionIs it important to add the ribbon in the kite?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, it's optional. It's just for decoration.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use straws instead of dowels?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but it needs to be strong and light. Remember to seal the ends of the straw with tape.Thanks!
QuestionCan I make a kite out of construction paper?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes; the recommended thickness is 220 gsm.Thanks!
QuestionWhere do I get twine for the kite?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can get twine at hardware stores, or stores such as Walmart.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a kite with paper?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFollow the steps in this article but use whatever paper you have.Thanks!
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To make an easy kite, first fold an 8-and-a-half by 11 sheet of paper diagonally in half. Then unfold it and tape down a small wooden dowel where the crease is. Next, tape one end of a longer dowel to one of the remaining corners, before bending it towards the bottom of the kite and taping the other end to the last open corner. Finally, trim off any excess tape, and tie a piece of twine onto the bent dowel to complete your kite!
- Cut away from you!
- Spray can glue is good for patching paper kites.
- Kites are different each time you make them, so slight adjustments might be necessary.
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