Homemade Kite From an Old Tent




Introduction: Homemade Kite From an Old Tent

This instructable will show you how to make a kite from scratch. I used an old tent, but a garbage bag could work too.

Step 1: Supplies

For supplies, you need:

Two sticks

Material from tent, garbage bag, etc.


Step 2: Tie the Frame

Now time to tie the frame. Look at the pictures on how to tie it. You want to tie the cross stick about two thirds of the way up.

Step 3: Cut the Sail and Tie It to the Frame

Cut the material that you are using and tie it to the frame. You don't need to tape it (although you could), but it might stay on better if you did. Just do what you think is easiest/best.

Step 4: Put on the String That Makes It Fly

This step is pretty simple. Just tie the string onto the three different spots shown on the picture and attach that to your main roll of string.

Step 5: Attach the Ribbon

The ribbon helps balance the kite, and is essential to the flight of it. Just tie the ribbon onto the bottom of your kite, and your done. I just cut the ribbon from the original material of the kite, and tied and overhand knot to the end of it.

Step 6: Fly Your Kite

This is where your work pays off. Flying kites can be really fun and especially fun if you succeed getting it into the air. The picture above shows you what it looks like in flight.

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    4 years ago

    the kite flies better if the spine(vertical stick is on the back of the kite)


    4 years ago

    this brought back memories for me. in 1965 dad had purchased thing-a commercial staple gun to install ceiling tiles. my little crafty mind put 2 1"x2"s together in the common kite fashion but it was 8' tall and 5' wide. i used 1/4" sisal rope for the perimeter and stapled an old plastic tablecloth around it. my theory at the age of 10 was that more wind speed would be needed to fly such an avionic mericul i had constructed.

    tropical storm coming in with 60mph winds and it just might fly. 200 foot of some kind of rope and i set it free. as it went straight up and out in about 5 seconds the end of the line came past me and the kite went 500' up the road taking out the stop sign.

    had to sell papers all summer to pay for the sign!also after reading this instructable i started eyeballing some old cheap plastic tarps around here. well you know!!!!