Kites were first seen in Asia however, the exact origins of kites are still speculative. Historical records note that the kites first appeared in the skies between 9500-9000 BC.

In modern times, people in India predominantly fly kites on the occasions of Independence Day and Makar Sankranti. However, there are several other occasions such as marriages, the birth of a child, and others to fly a kite.

While kite flying may be a tricky art, making a kite is trickier. It requires the best of craftsmanship and patience to come up with a kite. It is also a good way to keep children off-screen and help them learn something new. If you think that you too can make a simple kite at home, then follow the step-by-step guide.

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This is a pack of 10 multicoloured kites that can be used on celebrations such as Independence Day and religious festivals. It consists of strong kites that can fly at low levels even in low windspeeds. Along with flying, these kits can be used for craft work or hung on wall as decoration pieces.

Steps to make a kite:

Cut the sticks into 24 inches and 20 inches long
Use a handsaw to make cuts on the rounded ends of sticks
Lay both the sticks in position
Wrap the string on the ends of the sticks
Place the newspaper on a flat surface and keep the frame on top
Fold the edges and tape it
Measure and tie a string
Design a tail for the kite with ribbons


Step 1: Cut the sticks into 24 inches and 20 inches long

Start by cutting the round wooden sticks into 24 inches and 20 inches and length. It is important to have accurate measurements for your kite to fly. These sticks form the basic structure of the kite and give it the strength to cut through the air. You can purchase a pack of sticks and use them for other craftwork as well.

These are 2 feet long wooden sticks that are ideal for woodwork, craftwork, and much more. They are grooved and finely cut to precision for a smooth surface. These sticks are multipurpose and can also be used to serve food, especially appetizers. They make a great frame for the kite and provide it strength when it is in the air.

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Step 2: Use a handsaw to make cuts on the rounded ends of sticks

A small hand saw will be of most use here to make small nudges across the rounded ends of the stick. Ensure that while making the nudge, it has to be straight and horizontal. If you have by mistake made a vertical nudge, use a new stick and make another nudge. It is easy and safe to use a handsaw however, keep it out of the reach of children.

This is a powerful hand saw that can be completely folded, making it safe for children too. The utility of the product is in its robust design that can cut through any type of surface. It is easy and time-saving to use this product. The folding action also safely protects the sharp edges from harming children.

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Step 3: Lay both the sticks in position

Mark 6 inches on the 24-inch stick and place the 20-inch stick making a T. You can mark the 6 inches with a pencil and secure the joint of two sticks with an adhesive, tape, or string. The best way to secure the joint of the sticks is with an adhesive and thread to tighten the joint.

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Step 4: Wrap the string on the ends of the sticks

The next step is to make the string pass through the horizontal nudges on either end of both the sticks. Once the thread has passed, you can see the basic structure of a kite in the shape of a diamond. Once the basic structure has appeared, it is just a matter of a few steps that you’d see the final result.

The combo set of strings is made up of jute. Jute as a fabric is known for its strength and multiple uses. This would provide strength to your kit and even be used for making the tail of the kite. It has multipurpose and you can use it for other things such as gardening, kitchen use and much more. This is a set of multicolor threads.

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Step 5: Place the newspaper on a flat surface and keep the frame on top

Once you have got the basic structure, place it on a newspaper, glazed paper, or any type of paper that you want to make your kite out of. Avoid hard papers such as chart papers and origami papers since they would hamper the flight of the kite. Place the basic structure on the paper and leave 1 inch at all the 4 margins to fold the papers.

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Step 6: Fold the edges and tape it

Fold the 1-inch paper that you left on the edges, inwards onto the sticks, and secure them with an adhesive and tape. Ensure that the bond between the paper and sticks is strong. The kite will fly when the air will pass through papers and sticks.

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Step 7: Measure the string and tie it

Exactly cut 24 inches of string and attach it to the top and bottom edges of the kite. Use a pin to make two holes to let the thread pass and tie it to the bigger string through which you will control the kit.

Step 8: Use a ribbon to make the tail

Use a ribbon or thread to make the tail of the kite and attach it to the bottom end of the kite. Once you have done this, the kit is ready for a flight. Find an empty wid.e space to run with the kite and make it fly.

Other FAQs

  1. What is the best shape for a kite?
    The best shape for a kit is diamond shape as it is easy to make and can fly in low windspeeds as well
  2. Can kites be of any shape?
    Kites can be of many shapes that are quadrilateral. Shapes with 4 edges make the kit strong and fly high in the sky.
  3. When can I fly a kite?
    The best time to fly the kite is between September and October with fairly moderate wind speeds and good weather.

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