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How To Make a Basic Box Kite

Go fly a kite and let your imagination soar – just don't get caught in the rain.


  • Step 1: Turn the kite over, and fit the other two short dowels on the other end of the box, forming another X to stretch the kite open.
  • TIP: Make sure the dowels fit snuggly in the connectors. If they are too loose, your kite may fall apart.
  • Step 2: Attach the kite-flying line to any one of the four cross bars, at the point where it meets the sail. For balance, add a tail to the opposite end of the same bar. Attach a spool of kite string to the kite-flying line.
  • FACT: Did you know? Ben Franklin once went swimming with a kite attached to his toe to see if it would carry him across the pond. It did.
  • Step 3: Bend one of the plastic connectors in one corner of the kite so it forms a 90-degree elbow. Feed one of the shorter dowels into the open end of the elbow. Flex the dowel and fit the other end into the open end of the connector that is diagonally opposite. Do the same with another dowel so that the two rods form an X.
  • Step 4: One by one, fold the sails around the dowels, and tape the ends to form two boxes with the dowel rods connecting them.
  • Step 5: Place two of the nylon panels on top of each other and sew them together end to end. Then repeat with the other two panels.
  • TIP: Decorate your nylon panels now while they still lay flat.
  • Step 6: Lay the panels facedown side by side, with about a foot of space between them.
  • Step 7: Slide two plastic connectors on each long dowel, about 6 inches from the either end of the rod. Lay each of the four long dowels across both nylon panels, so that the end of each dowel touches the edge of each panel. Make sure the dowels are spaced equally across the two nylon panels.
  • Step 8: Cut the flexible plastic tubing into eight 1½-inch-long pieces, and then make a cut halfway through the middle of each one, so you will be able to bend them into elbow joints.

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