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Kites are very special....practically every single kid flies one...be it a store bought one or a bag tied with a string ....desperately trying to fly it!
Most people have made a kite at some point in their life...but i have a confession...I have never made one...we used a store bought one when we were kids :-)
So now i go back to being a kid...i wanted to make my first kite!
I did a Google and fell in love with this
So...a normal sane person ...would go for a simple kite right? well.....I desperately wanted to make the ship my first kite! lol...
pretty ambitious huh? especially for someone who has never ever made a kite in her life!
Well...it wasn't so bad....it was pretty easy and fun....and I did it all from scratch! check it out
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Step 1: Materials and Cut list

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I used bamboo sticks which i cut and cleaned.
also some kite paper ...you can use rip nylon if you are very confident....remember...this is my first attempt!
string to tie,
bamboo skewers

loads of hopefulness :-)

Step 2: Make the Frame

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I did not take specific measurements.....I just eyed it and went with esthetics :-)
I have named the sticks so you may easily refer to them and make the cut list .
Take stick 'B' and attach sticks 'C' perpendicular to it as picture.
Then take your long Stick 'A ' and Curve and secure it 'B' and 'C' as picture.
Make small slits on both ends of 'D' so you will be able to easily slot the wire in the next step.
Secure 'D to B and C as picture.
Now pass a strong but light wire across the slits in D and around 'A' to make the boat shape.

Easy right?

Step 3: Making the Sails

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To make the Sails..

 Rectangle sails...use 2 of Stick 'E' per sail
Cut 2 rectangles to slightly longer than the distance of Both 'C' sticks..
Secure the paper as shown in picture to the sticks.

Cut the shape of a flag in the paper and glue to skewers.

Triangle Sails - make the shape of the triangle sail with wire...making sure to form a loop at each end. this is so you may easily tie a string without tearing the paper. place the shape on paper and cut around leaving a border...overlap and glue.

Tail - For the tail...(.this is optional as i love tails...but it's also better for the kite.) simply glue tiny flags to a sting.

Step 4: Assembling

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Cover the boat with paper or fabric.
Now lets start assembling.
first attach the rectangle sails.
Then pass a sting through the loops of the triangle sails and secure to the poles as picture.
Attach the flags at the 3 ends as in picture....you may of course vary...this is just my ship!
Run a tight string from the top of both 'C' to the boat corners....attach flags.
Attach the tail to the back of the  boat.
Secure flying cord at points as show in picture.
When you are about to sail on your maiden voyage...attach the long cord to this string.

Step 5: Maiden Voyage !

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Now a kite can't be much of a kite if you can't fly it!
I got so many skeptical looks and comments that it's not going to fly...that it's too big ! hmm...yes...it's big... 5ft wide and 4 ft high!
oh...why couldn't I make it smaller!!! 
So with prayers ... My family took it for it's Maiden Voyage today....the beach is just down the lane :-)
We went early before anyone came to the beach....as we didn't want to look like fools when this ship of mine didn't take off! lol
well....we tried...and what do you know.....it flew! my baby flew! it was beautiful!....it went up and up...and then the nylon thread broke!
yeah...sad isn't it?...well...we had to get back anyway...my kids have school at 7.30 in the morning...it was already 6!

next time...I shall try something else for the string :-)

so what do you think of my first attempt at kite making and flying? you like it?
Then please please vote for the 'kite contest ' and the 'I can do it' contest! I would love your vote!
Any feedback would be appreciated too! :-)
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IrisM22 months ago

How long are the sticks?

shazni (author)  IrisM22 months ago

It's pretty long, but I guess I forgotto write down the measuements. You can see hiw big it is in comparison to the car.

first built the base and from there I kind of eyeballed it. I don't have the kite with me as it was too big to carry around when we moved house.

After coming back to this instructable , I am tempted to try a smaller version :-)

you sayd the nylon thread broke...

Did yot get your ship-kite back?

shazni (author)  Kite builder1 year ago

Yes I got it back :-) Want to rebuild it with fabric though...and perhaps a bit smaller??

Wow! Thats crazy! Really beautiful!!
shazni (author)  marcellahella1 year ago


you don´t say, hor to attach the fabric and make the sails and flags...

And how to attach the flyingline

shazni (author)  Kite builder1 year ago

please check step 3&4. I have given the instructions along with the puctures. This is made with kite paper......as mentioned. ...so it was pasted. Fabric would be better.....Rip nylon. If you are interested :-).

Have fun making your kite.. and please post a picture!

bajablue1 year ago
Congrats shazni!!!! GREAT WORK!!!!
shazni (author)  bajablue1 year ago
thanks! this is one prize my kids would enjoy :-)
antoniraj1 year ago
so, your ship flew away... good job
shazni (author)  antoniraj1 year ago
Thank you so much sir!
Congratulations... your flying ship is a winner
shazni (author)  antoniraj1 year ago
YES IT IS! thanks :-)
simply amazing. It looks even more beautiful with full sails
shazni (author)  Antzy Carmasaic1 year ago
Thanks! yes...I love watching it sail in the air :-)
bigape1 year ago
Wonderful idea! There's actually an old russian cartoon called "Flying Ship", which matches your kite almost perfectly! xD
shazni (author)  bigape1 year ago
lol...Thanks! went and checked it out :-)
zzima1 year ago
Great work! Well proud of you cuz!
shazni (author)  zzima1 year ago
thanks! hope to hear more from you infuture... ;-)
jgeiler1 year ago
That is boss!
shazni (author)  jgeiler1 year ago
yivanov1 year ago
You managed to get kids out of bed happily at 5 am! Now THAT deserves a whole new category. Maybe we, parents, should start a "How to raise happy kids" here. Major kudos!!!
shazni (author)  yivanov1 year ago
lol..thanks! yes...that is an achivement! I know...my daughter still puts a tantrum sometimes when she has to get up at 5.30 am....so the night before...I said...'who so ever wants to fly the kite...wake up early without a hum!' lol...it worked!
sunshiine1 year ago
What can I say??? Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and . . . . beautiful!
shazni (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks Sunshiine :-)
786Ayesha1 year ago
Wow!What a great idea.looks really awesome.I showed it to my kindergarten children and they are amazed to see a boat flying.ha ! ha!
shazni (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago
This is amazing. My son would love this. Thanks for sharing!
shazni (author)  gidgeygirl781 year ago
you are welcome....please post a picture once you do :-)
jhawkins141 year ago
This kite is awesome. Enjoyed your Instructable. Your ship saw the ocean, no wonder it broke loose!
shazni (author)  jhawkins141 year ago
foobear1 year ago
the stuff of dreams!
shazni (author)  foobear1 year ago
Awesome :). Voted Mam.
shazni (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thank youuu!
Awesome work shazni! voted!
shazni (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Thanks...much appreciated !
Mrballeng1 year ago
This is great. Did you get the kite back?
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