How To Make A Kite That Flies!

It took a week of trial and error to get to this stage. But here we are. We succeeded and have proof that our kite will fly!

This is our free guide: How To Make A Kite That Flies - From A 'Bag-For-Life' Carrier Bag!

If you'd prefer to watch the video tutorial instead, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Let's get started!

Materials You'll Need To Make This Kite

Image of the equipment you need
⇝ A 'bag-for-life' carrier bag
⇝ Some string
⇝ Scissors
⇝ A ruler
⇝ Sticky tape
⇝ A pen
⇝ Strong thread
⇝ A large eyed needle
⇝ Some cardboard



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Step 1. Create The Upper Piece

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Cut away the side seams from your bag-for-life.
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Cut away each of the handles, just above the top seam line. Leaving a small double layered strip along the top for added strength.

Keep the handle sections for later.
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You'll now have a long open piece of plastic made up of the front, back, and gusset of the bag.
Cut along the bottom of one side of the bag, where the bottom of the bag folds at the gusset.

We'll use the shorter section for the upper piece of the kite. Place the larger section aside for now.
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Fold this section in half vertically, from left to right. Then fold it in half again, from right to left.
This will leave you with the open edges on top.
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Take the top left corner of the 2 open layers and align the top edge with the right edge to make a diagonal fold.

Now, cut away the folded section.
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Fold the bottom right corner to a point, aligning the cut point of the left side with the right edge.
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Cut away the folded section.

And then unfold.
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Draw 2 vertical lines, from top to bottom, at the cut points.

Measure halfway between the lines and draw another line.
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Measure halfway between each of those lines and draw 2 more lines. You now have a total of 5 vertical lines down the length of your upper piece.

Now, bring back the larger section and lay it flat with the seam at the top.

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Step 2. Make The Struts

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Place the upper piece on top, aligning the widest points with the top edge, and cut straight along the bottom.

The top section of this cut piece will be for the base piece, place it aside for later. Take the shorter bottom section and lay it vertically. We'll use this to make the struts.
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Lay the upper piece on top to measure and cut the new section to the same length.

Take a measurement of the upper piece, from the outer line to the widest point of the edge.
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Measure and cut 3 strips out of the new section to this width.

Use the upper piece as a guide to cut an angle across the 3 strips.
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Fold a line of sticky tape over the top and bottom edges of the upper piece. Do the same to the angled edges of the strips.

This is to reinforce the edges, adding stability.
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Apply sticky tape along the long edge of the strips and attach them along the 3 inner marked lines of the upper piece. Angled end towards the top edge.
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Take the remaining section of the bag to make the base piece.



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Step 3. The Base Piece
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Fold twice and cut away the top corner, in the same way as the upper piece.

This time, fold from the cut top of left edge to the right corner, and cut away.
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Draw 5 vertical lines in the same way as before.
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Fold a line of sticky tape along the entire edge of the base piece to add strength.

Apply tape along the other edge of the strut strips.
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And attach them to the 3 inner marked lines of the base piece.

Apply tape to the outer edges of the upper piece.
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And attach them along the outer lines of the base piece.
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Reinforce the widest points of the base piece by folding tape around them, front and back.

Cut a piece of string 3 times the length of the kite.
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Thread the ends of the string through the base piece at both points.

Tie a large knot in the string to hold the ends in place.
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Fold the string in half and tie in a loop approximately 10cm in from the fold.

Cut another piece of string twice the length of the kite.

Along the top edge of the kite, fold the base piece around the middle strut. Pierce through the 3 layers near the base of the strut and thread the string through.
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Loop around and tie.

Hold up the previous string and tie the top string to the knot. Use a removable knot, so you can adjust the balance if needed.

Cut another piece of string, approximately 2 meters long, for the tail.

Attach to the other end of the middle strut, in the same way as before.
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Cut off the 4 ends of the handle pieces.

Unfold these pieces and cut along the fold, creating 8 pieces.
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Tie these pieces onto the tail.

Cut a handle shape out of a piece of cardboard and wind some thread around it for your line.
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Tie your line to the fold of your first string.

FINISHED! TIME TO WATCH IT FLY!
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The Video Tutorial



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