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.
materials: -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.
Tools: -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 measureand 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.