Fabric stunt kite from scratch.. With no sewing!

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Here is an inexpensive project that I originally intended for a younger crowd (I was excited to build this with my nephew).  total cost was less than $40 including some of the tools I used to build it.

Total build time 6-8 hours.
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Step 1: Materials and tools needed

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My goal was to find materials that were cheap and readily available at any home improvement store.  I added the prices for reference.  If it doesn't have a price next to it, I already had it in the garage.

-Ripstop nylon ($7.99/yard).  I bought 1 yard of each color which is A LOT of fabric for this project.  If you cut out the fabric with some planning I think you can get up to 5 kites out of  the amount of fabric I purchased.

-1/4 inch round wooden dowels, 36 inch long ($0.57 each).  6 of these should be enough for a "mismeasurement" or two ;).

-1/4 inch inner diameter vinyl tubing, 24 inches($0.32/inch). This is what is going to keep the dowels together.

-Fabric glue ($4.99).  I bought the cheapest stuff I could find on the shelf at the fabric store when I bought the ripstop nylon.

-Superglue ($2.99 tube).  This is used to glue the fabric to the vinyl tubing when necessary.

-Kite string ($5.00/500 ft.).  You have to control the kite while its flying and you do that with kite string!

-Safety pins ($1.00 for a package of 25).  These are optional for holding the longer runs of fabric together while you glue.

-Scissors ($4.00).  Used for cutting the fabric and the wooden dowels if you have some patience.

-fine tip permanent marker. Used for marking your measurements on the dowels and the fabric.

-Cardboard for making a pattern.  Optional.  Measuring out the triangle for the kite once on cardboard speeds things up and helps to keep both halves of the kite symmetrical.  I used a medium sized u-haul box.

-Tape measure and 36 inch straight edge.  Used for measuring!

-Protractor.  This is the tool that will measure the angles we need for the triangles of the kite.

-Manual pencil sharpener.  This is for rounding the ends of the wooden dowels.

-handsaw and miter box.  This is optional for cutting the wooden dowels.

-A Nail.  Make sure its fairly big... it has to get a hole started that the wooden dowels will fit through.

-A space to lay out fabric while you measure and cut it out.  I used the kitchen floor.
ThomasC112 months ago

Thank you so much this helps a lot.

mgile3 months ago
it's OK to use newspaper???
Using the tubing as the holder of the control lines is a great idea, thanks for sharing your idea of making a simple kite!
Intlcup (author)  jamesabt0071 year ago
Thanks! I'm still waiting for my "ah ha!" moment regarding how to roll up (and store) the string with my leftover materials... it will come to me any day now ;)