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How To.. make a Beautiful Kite!

| May 27, 2011 | 48 Comments

So… with Weather Get Crafty “literally just around the corner” it was really time to bring you this beautiful How To Make A Kite post… it is fabulous guest post from Teri at The Journals of Giddy Giddy… and her blog makes me just that – giddy! It is BEAUTIFUL, I tell you… I could spend hours on there, absorbed in her wonderful crafts and posts. She also has her own Giddy Giddy products and designs, including the most adorable Tiger and Octopus pouchers for little girls. Please do visit Teri and be wowed and oohed and aahed… I can’t tear myself away!

And how perfect is it to make your kite and then go for a good run in the park? Fresh air and fun exercise… I found Teri via the wonderful Creative Jewish Mom’s blog. Over to Teri and her “How to Make a Beautiful Kite” post:

We didn’t know we could do it, until we did it!  That’s right…this weekend, we designed, constructed and flew our own homemade kites.

Kids most definitely need some help and some patience. But the results are spectacular and give you a perfect reason to go outside and run like the wind. What’s a better reward than this?  This project makes it on my top 3 favorite craft DIY ideas for sure!

By the way, on a difficulty scale from 1-10 it is “officially” a 7.33. (This number is comprised of 3 votes: mine (3 difficulty level) a 7 year old (9.5 difficulty level) and a 5 1/2 year old (9.5 difficulty level).


home made kites

kids kites

diy kite


1. Supplies: a spool of basketweaving reed that measure 2-3.5 millimeter in diameter, large colored wax paper and/or colored tissue paper (wax paper is best as it is more durable), quilting thread or heavy duty thread, scissors, and glue stick

(Please scroll down below for suggested supply sources. )

Kite supplies

2. Now devise your plan. Just think about the overall kite construction as a series of OVALS, CIRCLES, TEAR DROPS and HALF CIRCLES. These shapes can then be assembled and then tied together. By keeping this simple guideline in mind, we were able to create a flower, a fish/bug, and a butterfly kite.

kite design

3. Take a reed, cut it to size and securely tie ends together by looping quilting thread very tightly around and over a dozen times. Tie a good end knot that cannot easily come undone.

making a kite

This picture illustrates how a butterfly shaped kite is merely a series of 4 tear drop shapes tied together:

how to make a kite 1

Cut wax paper/tissue paper in the same shape as the frame except that it should be 1 inch bigger all around. Cut notches about 1/2 inch apart around the circumference of the wax paper shape.

diy kites

Now you can apply glue stick on the edges and then fold over so as to cover the bamboo frame.

paper kites

how to make a kite

We tied an extra reed across the entire flower shape to keep this kite frame stable and straight. This extra support might be necessary for other complex shaped kites as well.

flower kite

As far as the design, layers of shapes and colors can then be glued on the base layer. Here I debated on either a fish or a bug kite and ended up with a BUG FISH.

animal kite

This butterfly kite is the result of layers and layers of tissue paper and wax paper on top of each other.

butterfly kite

Now you can attach kite string onto the decorated face of the kite. We did this by using a sewing needle and looping it through the paper and the reed, which is underneath the paper. Placement depends on the kite design itself but rule of thumb is to find 2-3 areas to string and then those strings can then be joined together at a point about 12 inches from the kite. Think “pyramid”. Then a longer kite string can then be tied to the center point. Truly, this part requires experimentation and is based on the shape of the kite itself.

Kite flower

If you try this project, I would love to see pictures or links of your results!

bug kite

Have fun.



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  1. Wow, totally awesome. These kids were probably the envy of the other kids in the neighborhood. Such pretty, pretty kites. I’m not all that crafty. The only time I tried to make a kite, I did this:
    And the ones I made were not made to fly. Hehehe.

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Yes, I know what you mean, I just can’t wait to have a go with my kids! Don’t knock simple crafts! They are fab too!

  3. WOW! I know my girl would love to have any one of those kites! Wow!

  4. Superb! Absolutely love them, and you make it look so easy!
    I’d love to use this on my website, maybe on the run up to Father’s Day – let me know what you think!

  5. KooKooCraft says:

    I wish I had a kite like this when I was a kid :)

  6. cassie says:

    these are beautiful! certainly much better than any kite i made when i was a kid!

  7. Those are truly beautiful kites!

  8. Red Ted Art says:

    I am telling you ladies.. Now I have had this guest post my children will INSIST I make one with them!! :-)

  9. Mama Pea Pod says:

    These are just gorgeous! How fun!

    Would love for you to come over and link this post to the Outdoor Play linky!

  10. Red Ted Art says:

    Janis – have emailed you – would love for Teri’s guest post to be featured 😉

    Mama Pea Pod – Done!

  11. Woweeeeee!!!! I love this!

  12. Red Ted Art says:

    I think we need a kite making workshop!!!

  13. Mañana Mama says:

    How wonderful! We’ve got plenty of wind around here lately, so perhaps I’ll get brave and try my hand at a kite this week…

  14. Maggy, these don’t even nearly look home-made. They are amazing. Just wondering what is wax paper? What would you ordinarily use it for so I can go on the hunt for it.

    Thanks xx

    PS – thanks for sharing this with us :)

  15. Red Ted Art says:

    Hi Kate,

    This is a Guest Post from Teri.. Will forward on your question and hopefully get back to you!


  16. Rachel says:

    This is AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars! I am off to share this with my Facebook friends. Awesome!!!

  17. jfb57 says:

    Well, you know what I think of these!

  18. Red Ted Art says:

    Teri sent me an answer re the Wax Paper:

    Thank you! Currently camping so short answer: wax paper is found in restaurant supply stores- but more luck with waldorf inspired supply
    store:! And best thing to do is google : kite paper! I hope that helps! Thank you!!! Will check out your link when we get home Sunday!!


  19. These really are beautiful!

  20. Aimee says:

    My kids keep begging me to make a kite. I just might after this post 😉 Thanks for linking up with The Sunday Showcase!

    Aimee @

  21. Mama Pea Pod says:

    I know I already commented, but I just wanted to pop back to say thanks for linking it up! It’s really just lovely, and as Kate already said, they look so professional! Hope we’ll see you again at our Outdoor Play linky!

  22. Liz Burton says:

    Wow at you attempting that! The results look amazing an the pictures are stunning x

    • Red Ted Art says:

      hehehe we haven’t had a go yet!! This is “just” the guest post.. but we will next summer.. when Pip Squeak and try too! xx

  23. Jollyjilly says:

    How beautiful I love them

  24. Rachel says:

    SURPRISE!!!! This amazing post has been featured at this week’s For the Kids Link Party at Sun Scholars. Thanks so much for sharing, and be sure to stop by and grab an A++ button for your blog! I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Party is now posted… so hop on by!

  25. Love the colors. Love the effort. Love the sharing.

  26. Elaine says:

    Wow they are beautiful kites – I’m not quite sure that any I created would look that good!

  27. These are beautiful! I remember making kites with my dad when I was little, I had forgotten all about that until now…

  28. Oooh! Beautiful! It’s just starting to warm up and we’ll have to try this. I promised my daughter we would go kite flying and now I can really make good on that promise – thanks for sharing :-)

  29. Wilburn Arre says:

    kite flying has been my hobby and past time ever since last year, it is really a great past time.,

    My very own blog

  30. Becky says:

    Love these! Share on fb and pinterest:).

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