There’s no better way to get the family together than with a day in the park. Plan some outdoor fun with this DIY kite project inspired by Mary Poppins. Grab some paper and strings and a few other things, and get ready to send your kite soaring!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite!
What You’ll Need
- 36″ wide sheet of white heavyweight craft paper
- Two wooden dowel rods: 1/8″ x 30″ and 1/8″ x 21″
- Washable paint: green and yellow
- Ribbon, streamers or fabric
How To Make It
- Start by building the frame of your kite with two wooden 1/8″ dowel rods cut to 30″ and 21″ long. Fasten the 21″ dowel to the 30″ dowel about 1/3 of the way down from the top, making a lower case “t” shape. Wrap tape around the point that they connect by alternating sides to make an “x” and repeat until the dowels are sturdy.
- Place the connected dowels on top of the large piece of craft paper. Use pencil and ruler to trace a light outline around the entire diamond shape of the kite frame, leaving an extra 3″ of paper around each side. Cut the diamond out of the paper.
- Place tape on the end of each dowel and then fold each side of the diamond towards the center and fasten with tape. Reinforce for flight by adding tape to each corner as well.
- Once you’ve built your kite, add some color to the front side. We painted the yellow outline first, and then added the green to help keep the yellow line as crisp as possible.
- A proper kite needs a proper tail! Attach a ribbon or streamer to the bottom of the kite to add some flair!
All cutting should be done by an adult.