You will need:
- 1 piece of transparent plastic at least 3ft x 3ft (1x1 meter)
- 2 sticks the same length of your plastic (can be carved out of bamboo)
- box tape
- line - a thick cotton line will probably be enough, but you can play safe and get dacron or spectra lines
If you use a thin plastic, such as garbage bags, the kite will fly on lighter winds, but it will last less. We used a thicker (but not the thickest plastic), which here in Brazil is very used as table cover. But here's a picture of the garbage bag kite:
Step 1: Cut the Plastic
This "sled kite" was patented by William A. Allison. Luckily for us, his patent expired a long time ago. Check other kite patents on this beautiful blog.
Step 2: Add the Sticks and Wire
Reinforce with tape the edges of the holes and the places where the bridle is attached to the sled.
The sticks can be attached folding the tape on the edges and in some points along their length.
Step 3: Choose and Draw Your Text
If you make a big-ass kite, you'll probably be able to carry some more text. I think it would work well with some symbols. You can also use a different sled shape, there's a bunch to choose from.
We picked a text that is a homage to the neightborhood we're doing the kite residency, Brasília Teimosa, in Recife. Teimosa means obstinate, stubborn. The place got its name from the way it was squatted, evicted and stubbornly re-occupied in the 50's, the same time when the country's new capital, Brasília, was being built. It ended up becoming one of the biggest favelas (shantytowns) in Recife. So the kite says something like "hurray to obstination".
Step 4: Cut and Paste!
Step 5: Fly Away Your Kite!
This kite was designed on the Eletropipas residency, part of the "Interações Estéticas em Pontos de Cultura", from the Ministry of Culture, Brazil. Check other projects on our blog http://eletropipas.blogspot.com/. More instructables coming soon!