Step 1: Materials

To make this kite, you will need:

1. 8.5"x11" piece of paper

This is your standard copy paper size. Regular paper works fine, but I like card stock because it's a little sturdier. Use whatever you have. If you use plain white paper, let your kid color bright designs all over it before beginning the project.

2. A wooden skewer. A straight drinking straw works too.

3. Kite string. You can find this at a lot of department stores. If not, almost any strong but light string would work. Quilters' string is about the right thickness. Yarn may be too heavy, sewing thread too light. Fishing line is light but strong.

4. Ribbon. Most wide ribbon would work fine. I like using surveyors tape (available at hardware stores) because it's made of plastic, which is lighter (for a longer tail!) and durable. Surveyors tape comes in bright fluorescent colors that kids like.

5. Scissors or hole punch.

6. Tape.

Great and v effective design- thanks!
<p>How long does the string need to be?</p>
Probably bare minimum would be fifteen feet for smaller kids....but I've had older kids get these up in the air on a hundred feet of light string.
<p>do u have to put the streamer and can it fly by its own self with only the string </p>
It needs SOMEthing on the bottom to act as a weight to keep the kite upright. Otherwise, it'll just spin around. A tail keeps a kite upright so that it can get some height. You can use ribbon, or a strip of cloth, or a couple shoe laces tied together...
<p>This is just what I was looking for--thanks so much! I just want to make sure I don't mess it up--where does the string go and what's the best way to attach? Also, has anyone tried using two skewers in a cross formation? (so the second skewer would go along the seam) Thanks so much!</p>
<p>You won't need to use two skewers. The seam has enough strength on it's own. AS for where the string goes, read back through the instructions (Step 9). Make a hole about a third of the way down that &quot;spine&quot; on the underside of the kite, and just tie the string there.</p>
<p>Oh good grief thank you so much--it would have helped if I had clicked on &quot;next steps!&quot; For some reason I thought step 8 was the end of your directions. Sigh. Thank you again--excited to do it this at our church fall kickoff this weekend!</p>
you give great directions!
Thank you very much!
Excellent Instructable! <br>Last night we made these with our Cub Scout pack, and I passed on the design to another pack who did the same. The preparation for both was very much last minute for both of us. <br>Both cub packs had an total success in making the kites. given about 25-30 mins all the kids had a decorated kite with a string they could use to run about with the kite. All of the kids took them home! <br>Thank you!
I'm glad they worked out well for everyone!
Yay - the &quot;Uncle Jonathan&quot; classic!<br /> <br /> I haven't made these for ages, but I do remember that most sewing threads are fine for flying these, as long as it's not too windy.<br /> <br /> <br />
Yeah, If not, it will be heavy and low in performance.
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.&nbsp; Great job. Nice, clear pictures and good explanations.<br />

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