Before we get started on our kite making,i wanted to tell you a little bit about them.We do not really know the actual origin of the kite,but, as far back as 549 a.d kites were being flown made of silk and then paper.The earliest documentation of the kite was the Han Dynasty from 206 bc.
They were used in China to measure distances.The military used them in ancient times for signaling other troops.
Kites have a long history of entertainment at festivals and used for art also competition (sports) They were also used for religious purposes to send prayers to the Gods. The Romans used kites as banners. They were introduced to Europe by Marko Polo in the 13th century.in 1752 ,Benjamin Franklin used the kite to find electricity and flown in Creole on Easter. There is so many different kinds even a box kite which we will learn how to make down the road.Many different uses it is kinda a jack of all trades.entertainment,military, science,art,a tool and religion. yes i would say it was or is a handy one!Hats off to the one that invented it.We may never know but ,cheers buddy! whom ever you were!!
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KITE MAKING MATERIALS
kite string scissors
2 sticks( i used 2 peices of thin bamboo,it is light yet strong Super glue
Tie the two sticks together.The middle cross stick should be a 3rd of the way down the middle stick. Tie the knot very tight and add a little tape or super glue on the knot. cut the garbage bag to fit and tie each end very tight.Use a little tape on each end also to prevent slipping
Take the string and tie one end on the cross stick about 4 inches down from the ends on both sides and leave some slack like the picture above
Take some more string and tie it towards the bottom portion of the main stick.Run the string under the cross string and pull up it will look like a pyramid shape.tie it off.That is where you will attach the flying string,is in the middle of the pyramid.You can use glue and tape to keep all the string and sticks from moving out of position.
making the tail
You can use cloth material or plastic for the tail.Use long strips of either one to ma a kite tail Tie it to the end of the main stick.Use a washer or something to add a little weight to it to help it balance t your kite. If there is any wind test it out to see how it flies and make adjustments if needed
Add a picture to your kite
If you used a white garbage bag,you can draw a picture or make a design using felt pens .Let it dry thoroughly before handling.If you used a black garbage bag the felt pen wont show up.You could tape/glue colored paper it to make a design or maybe paint it but the paint may not stay on the plastic.
This is not the best looking kite in the world but it flies and it is a lot of fun!!! You can join the fun too by making your self one now you know how If you have any questions or comments please drop me a line.
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