How to make a simple box kite with a few sticks, some string, and a little bit of fabric. This one is 3 feet tall and about 12 inches wide (without wings).
Step 1: Materials
For the kite itself you'll need:
8 dowels - commonly 36 inches long, 1/4 inch is fine for all parts, however I used 1/4 inch for the spreaders and 5/16 inch for the main body of the kite. note - you'll need one extra 1/4 inch if you put wings on your kite.
Twine or string - I happened to have some extra hemp twine around that worked very well but cotton or polyester will work equally well, monofiliment and nylon are to be avoided within the structure of the kite.
2 yards of light fabric - I used some very light rip-stop nylon, but muslin would also work.
You'll aslo need:
scissors, a knife, ruler, needle and thread, and a spool of heavy fishing line.