Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

By Caitlin Watzke


  • One 24-inch wooden dowel or straight stick
  • One 20-inch wooden dowel or straight stick
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Lightweight string, twine or fishing line
  • Large piece of paper or heavy duty trash bag
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ribbon


1. Using craft knife, cut notch into each end of wooden dowels. Make sure notches run in the same direction.

2. Use ruler to make mark 6 inches from end of longer dowel and 10 inches from end of shorter dowel.

3. Match up marks to place shorter dowel crosswise over longer one. Notches should be parallel to ground.

4. Tie string tightly around center of dowels, making X shape with string.

5. Thread string through notches to create diamond shape. Wrap around frame twice.

6. Pull end of string toward center of kite, wrap tightly around both sticks and tie knot.

7. Lay frame on paper and trace. Cut around outline, leaving several inches for a margin.

8. Fold edges of paper taut over string frame and tape down.

9. Punch small hole through top and bottom tips of kite.

10. Cut piece of string 2 to 3 feet long. Tie one end through top hole and one end through bottom hole to form bridle.

11. Attach one end of remaining string to bridle.

12. Tape or tie 6-foot long string to bottom end of kite. Tie bows onto string to form tail.

13. Decorate!