A branch of the hobby that is often neglected is the microkite - kites as small as your hand, or even smaller.
The size and fragility of microkites means they often cannot be flown outdoors, but they can be flown in unusual locations, such as train corridors, aeroplane aisles or anywhere else you have room to swing a cat.
I decided to go the whole hog, and made a kite that is only a square inch in size.
This is not the world's smallest kite, but it's close, and it is a tiny fraction of the size of the kites you may find being sold in the street or on Ebay under the title of "World's Smallest Kite". They are usually about 4 inches long by 3.5 inches wide, more than seven times the area of the one I'm making here.
Step 1: Materials and tools
You also need:
- Thin sewing thread, embroidery "floss" or other twisted line.
- Scotch tape
- Sharp knife
- Metal ruler
- Cutting mat
- Ceramic or glass cutting surface. I used a spare wall tile.
A note on thread:
The thread you use needs to be as light as possible. If you can, untwist the the thread and separate it into two or more thinner strands. Cotton sewing threads tend to come apart when untwisted, but synthetic threads are often made with longer fibres. If you have some spare Dacron kite line, that untwists very well.