Did you know that April is National Kite month?  Flying a kite is the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the sunny skies and light breezes of springtime.  Building your own kite is a great project to try out with your kids this spring.  You can use a variety of materials to create your kite, a piece of fabric, a garbage sack, tissue paper, etc.—whatever you have on hand. And once you've had your fun flying your kite, it would also make a darling decoration for a child's room or playroom.

Materials

  • Two small dowels or sticks (about $0.50 each)
  • String
  • Fabric, paper, plastic bag, tissue paper etc. for the body of the kite
  • Glue

Directions

  1. Cut one dowel to a length of 36″, the second to 33″. Notch the ends.
  2. Lay the shorter dowel across the longer one about 1/3 of the way down from the “top” to form a cross. Tie the dowels together securely with string. (Pay attention to the direction of the notches since your string will need to fit into them as shown in the next step.)
  3. To make the framework of your kite, outline your cross with string. Use the notches in your dowels to secure the string. Pull the string tightly to make it taut.
  4. Leave enough string at the bottom for the tail of your kite.
  5. Use fabric, a plastic bag, tissue paper, etc. for the body of your kite. Lay the framework of your kite over your material and cut it a few inches bigger all the way around.
  6. Fold the excess material over the string and dowels and glue down.
  7. Tie small strips of fabric on the string at the bottom to create the tail of your kite.
  8. To fly your kite, tie another piece of string to the top and bottom of the vertical dowel.  Use a bit of hot glue to secure it in place. Attach the string for flying your kite to this string.
  9. Go fly your kite!

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Enjoy Spring Breezes with a DIY Kite