Picture of Harry Potter Challenge: Owl Post Kite
Ever wanted your own owl? This simple kite will let you make a whole flock.

(The idea of an owl kite is not new, but this is my own interpretation of the idea.)

Step 1: Materials and tools.

Picture of Materials and tools.
Owl Post Kite.jpg
Print out an A4 copy of the attached template. You can just use the Word document, adding any colour by hand, or download the jpeg or Corel files (the Corel file contains the original drawing) and play with it in your image-manipulation software of choice.

Update: I have added a PDF file of the template.

Two spars (that's the sticks). I'm using strips of bamboo taken from a placemat (bought at Tesco for about 50p), but you could use bamboo skewers (cut the points off) or straws (not the bendy kind).

Two cocktail sticks, or trimmings of the bamboo from your spars.

Glue ( PVA or glue stick) and sticky tape.

Tail material (this can be a strip of plastic cut from a bin-liner, a length of narrow ribbon, or you can pinch the tail off that dead kite at the back of the shed that you tried to fly once and then the dog got it).

A bobbin of sewing thread.


You may also need something to cut your bamboo. Oddly, I have found cheap wire-cutters to be the best tool for this job.
hiwahiwa2 years ago
hey is there a way you could post a picture of the final owl kite just for us to see what it looks like, front and back?
Kiteman (author)  hiwahiwa2 years ago
Are the pictures in step 2 not enough (my shed is not in a useable state right now)?
hiwahiwa2 years ago
love this idea!!! just printed one out!! i'm gonna start right now!
Bartboy6 years ago
FINALLY! another kiteman kite!
Kiteman (author)  Bartboy6 years ago
Finally? Check the published date...
Bartboy Kiteman6 years ago
oh, but but ... i got an e-mail saying you JUST posted it.
Kiteman (author)  Bartboy6 years ago
That will be the new subscription service - I get pretty randomly-timed messages about other peoples' threads and ibles as well. I did just update it with a PDF file, though. Maybe that triggered something.
Bartboy Kiteman6 years ago
probably, any new paper craft stuff? i loved building the coffin.
Kiteman (author)  Bartboy6 years ago
Not in the foreseeable future, I've got some bigger projects in the pipeline.

Unless I get inspired, of course.
Bartboy Kiteman6 years ago
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dude try making a larger wingspan for an owl it would look more realistic and may fly better
thunk7 years ago
The cocktail sticks would make perfect axles for rotating eyes. For the ring use bamboo, or that plastic strip they put round boxes of copier paper and bundles of free newspapers.
Kiteman (author)  thunk7 years ago
So, cut out the eyes that are there? Nice idea - I have seen it on several Chinese kites I own, but for some reason I never thought of using it myself!
thunk Kiteman7 years ago
Yes indeed. You have to cut 2 holes in the kite, preferably bigger than the rotating eyes. Glue on the sticks in just the right position / angle so that: 1) the ears are supported, 2) the eyes rotate. If you try it and it works, let us know !
whiteoakart8 years ago
I think there is a dark hex on your entry. I tried to give it a +, but it recorded two minuses!
Kiteman (author)  whiteoakart8 years ago
Yah, there was an "incident" about a week ago - a (now-ex) member went off the deep end. He had three identities running at once (in the same thread!), and I think he used them all to down-rate some of my stuff. Never mind - they aren't counting the negatives, only the positives, so you've still helped me, thank you.
canida Kiteman8 years ago
Indeed- only positives are counted. No worries.
yeah, and if u see a bad message, just flag it. the flag button is by the REPLY button. and the poeple who run the site will rid of the mesage. nice kite
I don't get it... why are people giving this a "-".... There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with this instructable.... I'm pretty sure "-"'s aren't supposed to be used to say "I don't like this Instructable" They're supposed to be used to say "This instructable isn't appropriate".. Correct me if I'm wrong, but... I think this one deserves a +! Sweet job, Man of Kites!
Kiteman (author)  T3h_Muffinator8 years ago
I'm getting negatives?


If they're genuine, fine, but I'd like somebody to own up and say why - what's wrong with the Instructable?


When were the negatives left? There was a certain ex-member who had three identities and decided to develop a grudge against me over the weekend.

Ah, well, I don't think a couple of negatives will affect the outcome of the Harry Potter Challenge - there are some much better entries than mine (vote for the wands, chaps!)
Dunno when, but it might be him...
albf18 years ago
do you want us to create the best one as the title says competition?
Kiteman (author)  albf18 years ago
This isn't a competition, it's a competition entry.