How to Make a Simple Paper Kite

Got an urge to go fly a kite? With this simple project you can be out the door and flying high in no time.


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Transform boring sheets of paper into simple and fun craft projects.


You Will Need

  • A sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A stapler
  • A hole punch
  • And some kite string or another sturdy string, like twine
  • Some crayons or markers (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Fold paper

    Fold the paper in half so the shorter sides meet. Set the paper on your work surface so that the fold is at the bottom.

  2. If you want a fancier kite, use crayons or markers to decorate the paper before you fold it.

  3. Step 2

    Measure & mark

    Use your ruler to measure 2 ½ inches from one end of the folded edge and put a pencil mark there.

  4. Step 3

    Measure & mark again

    Measure another 2 ½ inches from the first mark and put another pencil mark there.

  5. Step 4

    Bend one layer

    Taking the top corner nearest to the first mark, bend down one layer of the paper to the folded edge where you made the first mark. But don’t crease it.

  6. Step 5

    Bend other layer

    Holding the folded-down corner in place, pick up the paper and bend the other top layer down in the opposite direction so that it’s even with the first corner.

  7. Step 6

    Staple corners

    Staple the folded corners in place.

  8. Step 7

    Punch hole

    Punch a hole where you made the second mark.

  9. Step 8

    Loop string & knot

    Loop one end of your kite string through the hole and knot it tightly.As soon as a good breeze kicks up, your kite will be ready to take off!

  10. The earliest kites were used in battle—to scare away enemy troops and to send signals.