Making Kites: Instructions for Kites, Eddy and Hexagon Kites

Make Kids Dragons, Classic Eddy and Hexagon Kites

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With the colder weather and harsh winds in the fall, the kite season begins, thrilling children and adults alike every year. The most fun is with a homemade kite. The simple models, such as the classic Eddy or the Hexagon Dragon, can be built by beginners themselves. That's why the following two instructions explain how to make a classic and a hexagonal kite. You will also find a crafting instructions for a round children's dragon made of plastic or gift wrap.

In addition, we give practical tips for the correct binding of a bay knot and for adjusting the kite string.

Craft classic kites - eddy variant

The "Eddy" is considered the classic among dragons and is also like tinkered as an autumn dragon made of paper for windows and walls.

Material list for a rhomboid kite

  • For an Eddy made of paper: Transparent or tissue paper
  • For a dragon made of dragon cloth: Polyester or nylon cloth

Other materials and tools:

  • Pens or textile pens for painting
  • 1 m kite string and 2 m for the dragon's tail
  • crepe paper
  • Round rods: length 60 cm and 22 cm, diameter 4 mm
  • 1 cross connector or dragon cross, diameter 4 mm (for round rods)
  • 1 scale or key ring
  • Kite string or control line with handle
  • ruler
  • duct tape
  • Suitable glue for dragon material
  • Possibly. small saw
  • Possibly. Connector for the corners

Record eddy dragon form

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Simple kites can be crafted from sturdy paper

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"Real" kites are made of nylon or polyester cloth

If you want to make a classic diamond kite, first draw a long cross on a sheet of sturdy craft paper or cardboard, if it should become a stencil. The longitudinal line is about 60 cm long. At a height of approx. 48 cm, the transverse line of the cross is recorded at right angles. At these points, the rods for the dragon are attached later. Now you connect the four corners together. If the kite is to be made of special fabric, the stencil should be cut out onto the fabric and the measurements transferred. tip: For the covering, add a 3 cm wide edge.

Next will be two balance points carefully pricked in the fabric or paper. The upper balance point is located in the middle of the cross and the second is about 4.5 cm from the lower peak on the longitudinal line. At these points, the kite string is attached to the bars.

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Connect round bars at the top and in the middle

Fix round rods and string kites

Both round bars There are two options for the kite: Either attach it with a tear-resistant thread and wood glue in the middle or connect it with a cross connector. For better flight and stability, we recommend using a cross connector. It should be noted that the two cross bars are cut to size and must be exactly the same length, otherwise the kite drifts to one side.

In the next step, the kite string, at which later the kite rises into the sky, is attached to the staff cross. Important, only after this step, the outer corners are attached to the fabric. Place the end of the string around the longitudinal bar below the cross and pass both sides of the string over the cross connector or the round rods attached to the cross and tie a knot under the longitudinal bar above the cross. Cut off the protruding short string end of the knot. Now pull the kite string through the center hole of the fabric or paper on the front of the kite.

Subsequently, the diamond-shaped kite is covered. To do this, score the round rods at the outer ends about 2 mm deep and cover them with a long piece of the kite string. For a better grip, the cord is additionally glued in the notches. Then cut out the paper or fabric for the dragon, place it around the dragon frame and fix it with glue.

As an alternative to this type of covering, each end of the bar can be fitted with one Interconnects Fasten. In this case, the notching of the round rods is eliminated. Then, make two holes in the four outer corners of the kite. To prevent them from tearing, reinforce the areas with a piece of tape. Finally, the material is tied to the connectors with kite string.

After the clothing you should have one Colorful tail for the kite Tinker. With him he flies later calmer and more stable. For this, take a string that is at least 2 m long and decorate it with paper or fabric flies. Of course, other small motifs are possible. The finished tail is tied to the inner side of the kite on the longitudinal bar and fixed with adhesive tape.

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Attach kite with connector and kite string at the corners

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Lower attachment to the kite

Set kite string with bay knot

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Let the homemade Eddy Dragon rise

Finally, pull the end of the string on the front of the dragon through the hole at the bottom of the scale and knot it loosely with the longitudinal bar. Turn the kite to the front and place the top line along the crossbar to the left corner. Similarly, drag the bottom string along the sloping edge to the left corner. The protruding piece creates a loop, the end of which is marked with a pencil. At this mark the kite string becomes one Bay knot on a balance or key ring attached: For this knot, pull the loop through the ring and then push it over the metal ring down to the end of the string. Now tighten the cord with the ends of the string. To test if the kite is set correctly, hold it so tight on the ring that its bottom tip touches the ground. The longitudinal bar should be at a 15 to 25 degree angle to the ground. Then the loose knot is loosened at the lower part of the round rod and the cord is knotted. In the last step, tie the control line to the other end of the balance ring. tip: The bay knot can be moved higher or lower to adjust the kite to the different wind conditions.

Make hexagonal kites

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Colorful hexagon kite for kids

Another kite that is easy to retrain is the Hexagon Dragon. It consists of a hexagonal framework of wooden strips and is covered with colorful paper. With this construction manual you and your children can build this kite yourself.

Material list for a hexagonal kite

  • Dremel® 300 Series and Dremel® VersaTip ™
  • Accessories: SpeedClic ™ Mandrel SC402, SpeedClic ™ Wood Cutting Disc SC544, SpeedClic ™ Fine Sanding Disc 512S, Drill Bit 4486, Precision Drill Bit 628
  • Dremel® Glue Gun 930, transparent glue sticks 7 mm GG02
  • 3 lime wood strips, dimensions: 2 mm x 1.3 cm (thickness x width) for the frame
  • Mulberry paper for the clothing
  • Mulberry and crepe paper for the tail • Kite string and small scale or key ring
  • Stamp, embossing pillow and embossing powder

Tinker Hexagonal Dragon Scaffold made of wood

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Cutting wooden strips for the kite

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Build a hexagon

In the first step cut the wooden strips to a length of 61 cm. Each last end receives a 1 cm deep notch in the middle. For sawing use z. B. Dremel Speedclic mandrel SC 402 and the wood cutting disc. Afterwards, the strips are carefully smoothed with a fine grinding wheel. Now place the three bars next to each other and mark the center point on the first bar. Then transfer it to the other strips. At this point they will be connected later.

In the next step, drill a small hole through the center points using the Dremel drill chuck and precision drill set. It should be big enough for the kite string to fit through. Lay the wooden strips with the center over each other and pull a 61 cm long kite string through. These bind you temporarily to one of the strips. Then fan the wooden strips so that you get six equal triangles, the hexagon. This is the skeleton of the kite. Now the knot is loosened and the kite string tied around the arranged wooden strips and fixed with a firm knot.

Next, the frame of the hexagon is covered with a second kite string. For this purpose, it is placed in the outer notches and stretched at the edges of the strips. Back at the starting point, the string is knotted and protruding pieces are cut off. Now the hexagon can be covered.

Build Libra for the kite

To create the scale that steers the dragon in the air, use the Dremel 300 Series Precision Drill Set and Chuck to drill one hole each into two adjacent ledges, approximately 0.5 cm from the edge. Put a 1.22 m long kite string in half, pull the two string ends through the holes and knot them. The resulting loop is pulled through the balance or key ring and with a bay knots attached. For this you push the solid loop over the metal ring and tighten the string ends. Then tie the loose end of the center cord to the other end of the ring.

to Attachment of the dragon's tail each hole is drilled on the opposite side of the two strips and threaded a 61 cm long kite string. The two ends are knotted on the last. At the resulting loop the dragon's tail is fastened at the end.

Tinker fabric for the Hexagon Dragon

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Design the clothing for the kite

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Stringing kites

The next step is the covering of the hexagonal kite. To do this, place the dragon frame on the mulberry paper and transfer the outline of the hexagon. Add 1.2 cm as glue edge and cut out the shape.

Now you can customize the kite. In this manual colorful stars are stamped on the dragon with a stamp and embossing cushion. For a glittering effect, apply Embossing Powder to the motifs, gently shake off the excess powder and heat it with a hot air blower nozzle, eg. Eg Dremel VersaTip. Alternatively, the paper can also be painted or glued on.

Stringing hexagonal kites

After drying, place the hexagon with the decorated side down and place the dragon frame on top of it. Cut the paper to the left and right of the protruding ledge ends. For a better grip, you can fix the tethered kite string with a drop of glue from a glue gun. Then coat the narrow pieces of paper for the ends with glue and press on the strips. Subsequently, the adhesive is applied to the paper for the transverse strips of the frame. Fold the mulberry paper over the wooden strips and press firmly. When covering, make sure that the paper does not slip.

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Making a dragon's tail

Finally, you make the dragon's tail, which gives the kite more stability. Take a 3 meter long kite string and knot it into the middle of the loop at the bottom of the kite. Now you make narrow 3 x 14 cm strips of colored crepe and mulberry paper and tie them at a distance of about 6 cm to the string. Likewise, the loops can be attached to the loop with adhesive. Finally, tie the control line to the balance ring. Tip: The bay knot is movable so that the flight characteristics of the kite can be adjusted later.

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Make a round of kite from gift wrap

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Kite for children from gift wrap

This simple kite is suitable for crafting with younger children. Although its flight characteristics are not comparable to those of other kites, small children can fly it even in light winds.

Material list for the round kite

  • Colorful gift wrap or plastic bag
  • Thick, stable wire
  • crepe paper
  • Wide plastic gift ribbon as a control cord
  • Adhesive and tape
  • scissors
  • tongs
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • Sturdy cardboard roll for control cord

Build wire frame and glue it with foil

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A rough circle and a cross strut made of wire form the framework of the child kite

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Glue wire framework with gift wrap

The dimensions of the wire frame depend on the desired size of the small kite, for example, the circular shape may have a diameter of about 45 cm. First unfold a folding rule and unwind a long piece of the wire. This shape into a circle. Clip off the end with a pair of pliers and twirl the two wire ends together. Afterwards, unwrap a second piece and lay it - as can be seen in the adjacent picture - after about two thirds of the circle across it. Snap off the end and twirl the two wire ends firmly with the circle. Tip: The cross wire should be slightly bent and stretched.

In the next step, place the wire frame on a colorful gift wrap or a plastic bag. Now the outlines plus 3 to 4 cm are marked with a pen and the shape is cut out. Flip the foil over once and glue the double folded gift wrap over the wire frame with glue. For better grip, the edge can be fixed with transparent adhesive tape.

Making a dragon's tail

Now you wrap gift ribbon from a roll and stick it with adhesive and tape on the bottom of the inside of the kitten. The gift ribbon can be decorated with colorful stripes of tracing paper, which are tied around the ribbon.

Attach the kite line

Finally, fasten the gift ribbon as a kite line with a knot in the middle of the transverse wire. The other end of the tape is knotted around a sturdy cardboard roll and wrapped up the rest of the tape. Now, small children can romp with the kite through the garden and let it rise a bit in the light breeze.

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Making a dragon's tail

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Kids kite in pink

Making kites

Building instructions for kites, stunt kites and balloons

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Dragons are the most popular play and sports equipment for the fall. And not only with the little ones who make the skies with simple kites, which consist in the simplest version of a sails spanned on rods, the skies.

The older the athlete, the more unusual the aircraft - and the more skilful the flight technology. Professionals bring with their trick flights every spectator to the astonishment. And all without computer technology: Only the flow of air gives the dragon sail dynamic buoyancy.

Here you will find many crafting instructions for different kites.

Table of contents about making kites

  • Making kites for children
  • Craft Eddy and other rhododendals
  • Build stunt kites yourself
  • Single Leash with Staff: Build Lightwind Kites
  • Construction manual for box kites
  • Stabless dischargers: Flowform, Pilot and Susi dragons
  • flight balloons
  • Making kite wind chimes
  • Make decoration kites

You can find even more crafting instructions for kites on our consultation pages:

  • Stunt kite-building instructions
  • Make kites
  • Building box kites
  • Crafting instructions for paper kites and autumn kites

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