Winter often brings windy days – the perfect time to get outside with the kids and fly a kite. Here’s a simple template for you to make your own.

You will need:

  • 2 wooden dowels, 90cm and 120cm long
  • Plastic sheeting or bin liners
  • Strong tape, such as gaffer tape
  • String
  • Kite string or fishing line
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

How to make it:

  1. Measure the middle point on the longer piece of dowel (spine) and mark with a pencil. Place the middle point of the shorter piece of dowel (crosspiece) at right angles to the longer piece, about 30cm from one end.
  2. Fasten the two dowels together, keeping them at right angles, using string and tape.
  3. Run some string from one end of the crosspiece, to the top end of the spine, to the other end of the spine to form the framework of the outer edges of the kite. Fasten at each end using tape.
  4. Lay the frame flat, with the crosspiece facing up and cover the frame with the plastic. Use tape to secure it to the dowels and the string. Be sure to reinforce it at each corner.
  5. Make two small holes along the spine for the bridle – one at the bottom of the kite and one near the top. Reinforce these holes with tape to prevent the plastic tearing.
  6. To make the bridle, feed a length of string through the hole at the top and tie it to the spine. Do the same with the other end of the twine at the other hole. The bridle should be loose enough so when you pick up the kite by it, it’s at least 20cm from the kite’s surface.
  7. Attach the kite string or fishing line to the bridle. By choosing where you attach the string, you control the angle at which the kite flies. This might take some adjustment to find the best spot, but try starting at a point near the top of the bridle.