Flying a kite is a great excuse to get outside on a windy day. This kite is made from a light and wind-catching kitchen trash bag and other common household items. Its simple diamond-shaped frame makes it easy to create, with time to spare to enjoy the great outdoors. Add ribbons, beads, and art to your kite, or keep its design fairly simple like we did. Either way, seeing your creation take flight is the ultimate reward to this fun craft.
1/4 inch wooden dowel*
Plastic kitchen trash bag
Cloth or beads for the kite’s tail
Steps: (Correspond to the numbers on the images below)
1. Gather your supplies including the dowel, duct tape, measuring tape, plastic bag, scissors, and kitchen twine.
2. Cut the “t” pieces for the kite. Measure 24-inches of the dowel and place a small piece of duct tape around the end you are planning to cut. This prevents the wood from fraying when you cut it. Use a handsaw (or a kitchen knife in a pinch) to cut the dowel. Follow this same process to cut a 16-inch piece of the dowel.
3. Place the 16-inch dowel five inches below the top of the 24-inch dowel. The shorter dowel should be on top of the longer one.
4. Secure the center of the two pieces with kitchen twine.
5. Wrap the duct tape around the kitchen twine. This further ensures that your kite won’t snap or break in the wind.
6. Starting at the bottom point of your kite, wrap the kitchen twine around the four points of the kite to frame it. Secure the twine by wrapping a small piece of duct tape on the end of each point.
7. You should now have the frame for your kite.
8. Lay the plastic kitchen bag underneath your kite. Cut the bag around your kite leaving an inch on all sides. Fold the plastic bag up over the twine and secure it with a strip of duct tape. Continue this process for all four sides of your kite.
9. Tie the kitchen twine to the center axis of the kite. Make sure you have enough string to allow the kite to fly.
10. Add strips of cloth or beads to the end of the kite to help it stay balanced in the wind.
*A 1/4 -inch dowel works best for windy areas. If it’s not very windy where you are, a thinner dowel or even skewers taped together will be strong enough to support your kite. It might even be preferable to use a less heavy material as to not weigh your kite down.
Our dowel was 40-inches long so it was the perfect size to make the 24 and 16-inch inch pieces. If your dowel is shorter you will need more than one. (It’s also helpful to have an extra just incase you make a mistake with the cuts!)
**Although it’s not the prettiest option, sturdy duct tape works better than Scotch Tape or glue to secure the plastic bag to the twine frame.
If your kite spins out of control in the wind try adjusting the tail. Change the placement of the beads or add more so the kite has more weight. If you’re having a difficult time getting the kite off the ground, try removing weight from the tail or adjusting the placement of the kite string. Attaching the string to either side of the horizontal dowel will give the kite more support, and moving the string toward the top of the kite can help it to lift.