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.

Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed

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 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.
Will cotton work too?
With a stiff enough breeze I imagine it could work. My test for fabric is to put it to my mouth and blow. The less air that will go through the fabric the better (a good fabric to test it against would be a wind stopper jacket). Lighter is better also.
<p>Im going to fly it and write a followup on it within an hour.. The directions on the knots and where the top knots went should have been full pictures because its hard to try and figure out. I had difficulty, but I believe I got it done correctly!</p>
it's OK to use newspaper??? <br>
<p>yes but it wont be durable</p><p>maybe for an other kite</p>
<p>yes but it wont be durable</p><p>maybe for an other kite</p>
<p>Nice!</p><p>as an avid stunt kite flyer i can tell you that fabric (sail) tension is the key to performance. here are some things to get better performance, what you've done works but these steps will take it to the next level:</p><p>have the spine bar run from the nose to below the lower spreader bar. secure the sail to the bottom of the spine and secure it to the wing tips. decent rubber bands can probably work. </p><p>next you want to add stand-offs. these are short rods that go from the lower spreader bar to the sail. these will really step up the performance. it's amazing how much they make a difference.</p><p>for higher winds you dont want to tie the bridle to the top spreader bar. tie it to the edge bar just above the top spreader bar juncture similar to what you did at the bottom. </p><p>for your handles, make a couple strap handles that go around your wrist. there's an instructable for it.</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/dual-line-stunt-kite-handle-straps-mandos-para-c/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/dual-line-stunt-ki...</a></p><p>nice job!</p>
Hi ! Thanks for your quick reply! I actually sewed the pockets instead of using glue, and so far it has worked out great. Hopefully she flies!! Thanks for the great post.
<p>the fabric on my frame does not seem to be taut. It sags about 2&quot; on each wing. Its looks like your fabric is slightly larger than the frame in one picture. Does the fabric need to be taut, or is some slack ok?</p>
Slack is definitely OK. The kite I was using as a model had a similar amount of fabric play or slack. Some Kites have a couple additional short little bar to hold the Slack (~2 inches in this case) tight. In the interest of simplicity I didn't want these little extra bars.<br><br>I will post a picture of these short little bars I'm talking about as soon as I can.
<p>Thank you so much this helps a lot.</p>
Using the tubing as the holder of the control lines is a great idea, thanks for sharing your idea of making a simple kite!
Thanks! I'm still waiting for my &quot;ah ha!&quot; moment regarding how to roll up (and store) the string with my leftover materials... it will come to me any day now ;)

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