Making your own kite is fun and easy. You probably already have the materials to make this recycled bag kite on hand. We made other versions where my kids used permanent markers and crayons to color their own designs on the plastic before we assembled the kite. They’ve had fun flying the kites. One kite already bit the dust because L tried to fly it while riding her bike…the string got tangled in her wheels before lift off! Not a suggested way to get your kite into the air! No harm done, we just made a new one.
I had most of the supplies we needed already at my house and most were along the lines of being recycled. The bag was from a previous shopping trip to Old Navy. To be fair the bamboo skewers were unused, but you could use them first if you wanted too. The twist tie was in our junk drawer. For the kite line I tried to use embroidery floss, but it kept causing the kite to twist, so my husband found this neon spool of string in the garage. You could probably use some sort of fishing line or nylon string. The only item I had to purchase was the balloon stick, it did come with a balloon on it for $1.99 and the kids had fun bopping the balloon around the house. I based this kite design off of a website about diamond kites I found awhile ago, you can find it here.
This project would be perfect for a Girl Scout troop or any other similar group project!
How To | Recycled Bag Kite
- Large Plastic Shopping Bag
- Bamboo Skewers
- Long Twist Tie or Wire
- 2″ of Balloon Stick or Plastic Tube
- Kite String
- 3/4″ Wide Scotch Tape
- Thumb Tack
- Download and print the Diamond Kite Template. (You will need to print it on 11×17 paper.)
- Fold plastic bag in half and trace template onto bag. (Keep long edge of template along the fold.) Cut out kite shape from bag, make sure to cut out the circle from the center as marked on the template.
- Use two bamboo skewers to create the vertical spine of the kite. Trim off the pointed ends, make sure the skewers will overlap each other when they create the spine. Lay them on the kite and once you determine the needed length of the skewers tape them together (see photo below).
- Cut a 2″ piece from your balloon stick. Bend it slightly in the center. Do not create a crease in the balloon stick (see photo below).
- Insert a bamboo skewer into each end of the balloon stick. Trim the ends off of skewers so they span the width of the kite.
- Lay the vertical bamboo spine on top of the horizontal bamboo spine piece. Arrange the sticks so they overlap in the correct spot (use your plastic kite shape for reference) and twist tie the two pieces together (see photo below).
- Lay the entire spine on the back (unprinted) side of the kite. Use 4″ long pieces of tape to attach the spine to the kite. Start the tape on the front side of the kite and wrap around to the back side. Press the tape down on both sides of the skewer. You may need to run a shorter piece of tape across the existing piece in the opposite direction. Do this for each end of the spine, make sure you pull the kite taut as you tape.
- Cut 23″ of kite line. Use the thumb tack to pierce a hole 3/4″ from the bottom kite tip, on each side of the bamboo skewer spine. Tie one end to the top of the kite through the hole and around the overlapping bamboo skewer spine. Tie the other end of the kite line through the bottom holes and around the spine (see photo below).
- Use the remaining plastic pieces from your bag to make the kite tail. Cut 2″ wide strips and tie them together to create a tail that is about 10 feet long.
- Attach the tail to the bottom of the kite by threading behind the skewer and wrapping it around the skewer once. No need to knot it, it will stay in place (see photo below).
- Your kite is finished, but you will tie your spool of string to the kite line you already attached to your kite. I attached this knot to the kite line already attached to my kite, then tied my spool of kite line onto this knotted loop. Using this knot will let you slide the string up and down the line to find the balance point when flying the kite.
Free Download: Diamond Kite Template