One of our favorite summer activities is to go to our local park and fly a kite. In the past we have always purchased our kites, but this year we decided we were going to learn how to make a kite instead. In our research, we found out that kites were invented in China almost two thousand years ago, this was very exciting news to our 7 year old daughter adopted from China! The first written record of a kite being flown was about 200 B.C. when a Chinese general flew a kite over the wall of a city he was attacking to determine how far his army would have to tunnel past defenses. In China, the supplies needed to make a kit were readily available as the first kites were constructed with a bamboo frame and silk fabric was stretched over it, a silk cord was used to make the flying line. Kite making eventually spread across Asia and then the rest of the world and soon became a recreational activity as opposed to a military one. There is now even a National Kite Month each year in April that is dedicated to promoting worldwide kite events.
Kite making is not as complicated as it sounds, simple kites can be constructed from supplies you probably already have on hand like paper, paper bags, small wooden dowels and drinking straws. You can even pull out your stamps and paints to embellish your kite. Most of these tutorials are easy projects, so you can learn how to make a kite for kids and let them help! I have also thrown in a couple more complex ones if you would like to take your kite making skills to the next level.
10 DIY Paper Kites
DIY Paper Kite -A simple kite design for grown-ups or kids
Paper Bag Kite-Upcycle a paper grocery bag into an awesome kite
Lunch Sack Kite-Another take on the paper bag kite
Easy Paper Kite-Easy to make with supplies you have at home
Simple 10 Minute Kite-This DIY video had me at “simple” and “10 minutes”!
Patterned Paper Kites-Grab your glue gun and a few supplies i’m pretty sure you already have on hand to create these cute and colorful kites.
Household Supplies Kite-Another quick and easy kite tutorial.
Simple Paper Kite-Use paper, yarn, and popsicle sticks to create these cute kites.
Pyramid Kite-Ready to tackle a more complicated kite? Give this flying tetrahedral kite a try.
Kite Inspired Paper Crafts
Are you inspired by kites but instead of making one to fly, maybe you would like to add a kite embellishment or theme to your next paper crafting project? These fun tutorials will show you how to create kite inspired cards, embellishments, home decor projects and I have added a couple of free(!) printables that will add some lift to your next creative session.
Have you made a kite before?