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Have you ever wondered how to make a kite? Although it's a detailed process, it can be both fun and rewarding. Children around the world learn how to make a kite in their art classes as well as in after school programs.

How to Build a Kite

There are an array of kite styles that you can make, from the intricate butterfly kites to high flying kites and even a customized diamond kite. Making kites requires patience and creativity. The best way to learn how to make a kite is to relax and read on.

Parts of a Kite

There are eight main parts of a kite that you should be aware of. Each has a specific function and task that will make the kite work effectively. They are:

  • The spine: The spine is the vertical stick that holds the kite together. Everything is built around the spine.
  • The spar: The spar is a set of support sticks that curve or slant in a cross shape over the spine.
  • The frame: The frame refers to both the spine and the spar.
  • The cover: The cover is self explanatory – it is the material that covers the frame of the kite.
  • The bridle: The bridle represents the sets of strings that are attached to the frame of the kite. This is what enables the kite flyer to better control the kite.
  • The flying line: This is the long string that you hold when you are flying a kite.
  • The tail: The tail is that long piece of material that usually blows in the wind.
  • The reel. This is the solid piece that you wind the flying line around.

Instructions on How to Make a Kite

The easiest kite for newbie kite makers is called the diamond kite. The diamond kite is the pre-made kite style that you often see in stores. Follow the instructions below, to make a great diamond kite.

First, gather your materials. You will need garden twine, craft glue, thick, durable paper 102x102cm (40x40 inches) in length, two wooden sticks, and colorful markers. You can gather most of these things at a craft store for under $20.

  • Step 1: Take the two sticks and make a cross, ensuring that the sides of the cross equal each other in length.
  • Step 2: Glue the two sticks together in the center of the cross. After the glue dries (which will not take long), take some of the garden twine and tie the two sticks together by wrapping the twine around the center several times. Knot it to secure the string.
  • Step 3: Cut small notches at the end of each angle of the sticks. You are doing this so that you can wrap the string around each end to create the frame. Once you have cut the notches, proceed to wrapping the string around each end of the cross. Think loop, wrap, and loop, wrap again. Make sure that your string is taut because your kite will not fly effectively if it is not.
  • Step 4: Put the kite frame aside and begin decorating your paper. First you will need to cut around the frame of your kite so that the paper fits well. It is okay if you have excess paper because you will be folding these edges around the frame. Glue your material over the kite frame. You will need to make sure that the material is taut against the frame.
  • Step 5: Making a tail is optional, but if you have a bit of fabric you can get really creative with the tail. Usually you can cut the string to be as much as six feet long. You can then tie fabric every few inches on this string.

Making kites is both fun and rewarding. Learn to customize your kites and before long you will be a kite making pro.