How To Make A Kite

Has your kid ever asked you about how to make a kite and then been disappointed because you haven't had the answer? Well, you are probably not the only one who has been in such a situation, not knowing how to make a kite. The art form is ancient but with time, there have been many modifications in terms of style and material used make it simple to know how to make a kite.

Kite making began about 2,800 years ago in ancient China at a time when they were mainly used for military purposes. Kites were the best way to carry people and machinery to heights and even over distances. They were used for signaling and measuring distances while they were also flown during festivals and on special occasions.

The art of how to make a kite began in the early days when they were made of fine silk cloth and light bamboo sticks. The control lines used to fly these kites were also made of silk. As the art of how to make a kite moved to other countries, locally available material began to be used as a means of creating these aircrafts.

How to make a your own Kite

Today, the process of how to make a kite depends entirely on the type of kite you are looking to make. While there are many who would choose a traditional diamond shaped kite and consider it the most common type, they would be mistaken if they went to another country mainly because they would probably find a different type and shape of kite being the most popular style there.

Although there is a major difference in the shape of the kite you are looking to make, the material, more or less, remains the same. All you need to make a kite at home is a glue, some paper or similar lightweight materials, bamboo or light wooden sticks that are thin but strong and string to tie the sticks together and form a frame for the paper to be placed upon.

The material remains the same even if you are making a butterfly kite or a box kite or even a wing kite. The only thing that changes are the quantity and size in which you need them.

The basic idea of how to make a kite lies in creating a wooden frame that's tied together in the required shape and size. The ends of each stick on the wooden frame are then tied to the other ends using a piece of string. The whole model is then placed upon the paper which is cut out in the desired shape. The paper is then draped over the string forming the outlines of the kite and then, pasted onto it.

Although this method sounds simple, it does take a bit of practice before you can master how to make a kite. Depending on the shape, there are subtle changes to the entire process however these changes are quite easy to pick up and then convert into the real thing.

Knowing how to make a kite is not only a great way to spend some quality time with your children, it also gives you a sense of accomplishment when you learn the art, make a kite and then see it soar in the skies. Whether it is vacation time or just some free time at the end of the day, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun learning how to make a kite.

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