How To Make A Box Kite

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The MBK 1-Skewer Box


How To Make A Box Kite
Flying! 

Finally, make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo below.

Attaching the flying line to the bridle.

Assuming there is plenty of breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it.

As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by letting it slip through your fingers.

Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, with maybe 10 or 20 meters of line let out. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out. That's assuming there is plenty of wind!

If this box kite doesn't fly, there is only one explanation: not enough wind! If it loops around in one direction, try adding a little tail to one side of the lower cell. Imagine the kite looping around... The extra tail needs to go on the outside of that loop.

The 1-Skewer Box kite in flight.

An important part of making a box kite as small as this one is selecting bamboo skewers that are as straight and consistent as possible. If you can do a perfect job, the kite might even fly straight with no tails at all, over a large wind range. On something this small, it's just hard to do.

Out In The Field

Box kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

Isn't it nice to not be grounded when it's fairly windy outside, and it's way too strong for the light-wind MBK designs!

If you think you have done an accurate job of selecting skewers and constructing the kite, experiment with using less tail. It will fly higher with less tail to drag it down.

Hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Box kite!

Making Box Kites is one of my downloadable, printable e-books which has instructions for some well-tested Box kite designs. There's nothing like flying something you made yourself!

Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...



Ever Made This Kite?

You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...

If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!

P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!


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

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

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

Strong ...
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

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