If you want to learn how to make a kite or two, you have definitely come to the right spot!
Perhaps you have made plenty, but are always on the lookout for more designs and ideas. In any case, some of the most popular single-line designs being flown in the Western world are covered here.
For example, there's
the quick and easy sled
the universally recognized diamond
the bird-like delta, which is nearly as well known
the barn door, which is uniquely American
the classic roller, which has German origins
plus a number of others for even more of a building challenge
And the kiting culture of Japan is represented with the rokkaku and the sode.
(Regarding that pinnable image—it's much bigger when pinned.)
How to Make a Kite—Cheaply!
The emphasis here is on very cheap materials. Make them all for just a few dollars!
Not only that, but hardly any tools
are required. Who hasn't got a pair of scissors and a ruler lying
around somewhere? Perhaps you might need to beg borrow or steal, I mean buy, a small hacksaw. But that's about it! No special fittings or expensive specialized tools are needed.
Learning how to make a kite from bamboo skewers or dowel and plastic is fun and they do fly really well! You can see for yourself in the video for each design, showing the original in flight.
(Note: MBK skewer kites are made from thin 12 inch bamboo skewers, which come in packs of 100. The metric size is 300 mm long x 2.5 mm thick; 3 mm skewers are usable but 2.5 mm is best!)
More MBK Kite Info
MBK Dowel Roller - photogenic even in pale orange
For each kite in the lists of links up there, plus the box kites, there is
a 20 second video of the kite in flight
a template graphic showing you the sail shape and dimensions
a detailed set of step-by-step instructions, with a photo for each step
a launch photo or an inflight closeup of the kite
Although this is quite basic kite making, the designs do get a little more complex and time consuming as you move from sled right through to dopero.
The 2-skewer designs have about four times as much sail area as the 1-skewer designs. Hence, it's easier to make them accurately. Plus, for any given sail material, a 2-skewer kite will be better in light breezes than a 1-skewer kite. The 1.2 meter dowel kites are another step up again, with a roughly fourfold increase in sail area compared with the 2-skewer kites! However, the strength-to-weight ratio of hardwood dowel is not as good as bamboo.
If you haven't made many before, I hope you really enjoy learning how to make a kite!
Have a bit of fun trying to figure out which of my kites is zipping around the sky in a gusty moderate breeze, in the video up there!