Kite Making - Simplest Guidelines

by Mutukwa
(Livingstone, Zambia)

To be honest I had never before last week had ever made a kite by myself. Even when I was a kid I used to find it hard to make one for myself.

So when I saw my son making an imitation of a kite I was embarrassed to give him a hand because I knew I would not be able to give any help. After work the following day I checked on the Internet to see how I could make a kite.

I bumped on to this site and went through this step by step procedure. I could not wait as I got all the advised accessories and dashed home.

The following day after picking him from school we made the kite with my son following the steps. I was honest enough to tell him that this would be the first kite I would be making. I also assured him that nevertheless it would fly no matter what.

And for sure it did fly. It was a wonderful moment for my son and myself too.

Thank you.

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Great
by: Anonymous

I am happy for you and hope to make a kite with my son also.

Peace

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Glad for your success.
by: Tim P.

Glad to hear that your very first kite making session was a success, Mutukwa! I'm sure your son had a great time too, as did our Aren when we made it for him.

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Making Tim's Tiny Tots Diamond Kite

by May Parish
(Adelaide, Australia)

All from a blue plastic shopping bag.

All from a blue plastic shopping bag.

I was asked by my hubby - Tim, to 'test out' his kite-making instructions on the page. My first thought was - 'gosh.. how long will it take me?' ('cos I've seen his other kite-making instructions which were very detailed with lots of specifications to follow).

To my surprise, it was VERY EASY! I followed the instructions and finished making the kite in 35 minutes. I was telling him that with enough practice, it will probably take me only 15 mins.

The only 'tricky steps' I encountered were:

- trying to make a hole in the plastic to poke the string through for securing the two skewers. I tried to use the scissors but was afraid to make the hole too big. I should have just used the tip of the skewer which I cut off earlier but I got a needle and made the hole instead.

- tying the knot to secure the piece of string that I wound round the cross-section of the skewers.

To conclude, I must admit that I've enjoyed making the kite. It was even more satisfying to see that it flew so well! What a success - Tim's instructions for kite-making and my kite-making effort!

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Sounds Easy
by: Anonymous

Cool.. I might try one myself.

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It was a perfect kite

by Dean Seton
(Dubai)

I am 13 years old and wanted to do something fun with my 3 year old brother so I decided to make a kite. After looking at several rubbish websites I found this one, printed the instructions for the Tiny Tots Diamond kite and me, my mum and brother had it up and flying perfectly in no time.

It really is the perfect child's kite and is so easy to make and fly. Definitely 'MY BEST KITE'

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:-)
by: Tim Parish

Glad you and your family had such success! I should give you a job doing PR for my site ;-) Soon you'll be ready to have a look at some of the 1-Skewer Series kites, like the 1 Skewer Delta. Keep on having fun with kites...

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Perfect Kite

I made this for a school compitition and I won. It was the fastest and flew the longest.

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T.P. - I wouldn't normally accept such a short submission. But in this case, I made an exception. :-) Congratulations!

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Sail The Blue

by Aylia Lambert
(BHM, AL, USA)

I watched the dragon kites with colorful tails on the beach at Todds Point in Greenwich CT...

Remembering the time my aunt helped us make kites from newspapers and flour paste, salvaged string and torn-up sheets for tails.

We took the materials out on the lawn and soon the whole neighborhood was involved.

We had about an acre of ground down the hill from my grandmother's and it was alive with flying kites of every color!

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Well done
by: Tim Parish

Great work - you managed to create a sort of local kite festival on the spot. :-) There's nothing like kites to pull together a bunch of people from all age groups. Sounds like you all had fun!

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I've been making and flying traditional-style
Box Kites on-and-off ever since this site was started...

Get the e-book for making a range of bamboo or dowel designs. Down to $7 from the usual $9.95, for this month.

With a large range of wind speeds covered, not to mention a large choice of kite size to attempt, the ideal box kite for you has to be in there somewhere!

My personal favorite would have to be the giant 2.4m (8ft) long Multi-Dowel Box which flies steep and steady. It's on the e-book cover over there...

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



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"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.

Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

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"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.

 Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7