To build one of these millenary toys it's a good way to enjoy a windy day. We found a lot of different ways to build a kite, this one seemed the cheaper, safer and easier.
What we need
- trash bag, the biggest you can find, white ones work best to decorate, but the black ones are ok,
- 2 wooden sticks, they should be thin and have about 20 and 23 in,
- exact-O knife,
- string, with 0,05in diameter,
- 1 small ring, 1/2 in diameter,
- Color markers, ribbons, and any other materials you wish to use.
- Open the plastic bag in order to get a plastic "sheet";
- Measure 1in in each of extremities of both wooden sticks;
- With the exact-O knife open a small cut, around the wooden sticks, on each one of the marks, those will be needed to place a piece of string;
- Measure 6in on the larger stick and 10 on the smaller;
- With the help of the adhesive tape attach both wooden sticks on those points, at the end you should have a structure in T;
- Place this T on top of the plastic sheet;
- With the marker and the ruler, draw 4 straight lines linking the 4 extremities of the wooden sticks;
- Now, get the scissors, and cut around the lines with a margin of 2in;
- Tie the string with a knot to the first cut on the wooden stick;
- Take the string to the second cut, repeat the action;
- Do the same to the 4 cuts, see figure;
- Place this T back on the plastic;
- Fold the 2in plastic margins to cover the string;
- Glue the plastic with the adhesive tape;
- The kite is ready; decorate it as you wish;
- Attach a ribbon to the larger end of the "t".
- Carefully make a small hole in each extremities of wooden sticks, about 1 1/2in from the end;
- Pass the wire through these holes and tie a knot, according to the figure, these knots must be strong and tight otherwise the kite can broke with the wind;
- Look to the image, attach the 4 wires at the center using the ring;
- Wrap the remaining wire in a "reel", broom stick type, but smaller, about 8in wide;
- Tie the other end of the wire to the ring;
Ready to fly! Watch out for electrical wires and trees.