How To: Simple Construction Paper Kite

Soak in the last of the warm weather with this quick and simple 5-minute DIY. We love a craft that we can make and then put into action moments later and this is the perfect answer for some after-school fun!

As the weather changes and breezy days become more frequent, break out a few craft supplies (that you probably already have on hand) and get ready to have some fun.  

What you need:

  • 8.5 x 11 construction paper
  • Small dowels (kabob sticks would work, too)
  • Tape
  • Lightweight ribbon
  • String
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Markers for decorating

Now that you have everything rounded up, let the fun begin. 

Take your construction paper and fold it hamburger style. Mark a diagonal line that runs from an inch in from the top left and an inch in from the bottom right. Fold one side along the line you just made and then flip and fold the other side to match. 

Once both sides are folded, flatten one side so then both the fold lines are together to create a “seam” and tape together. Then add your dowel so it runs from each corner and tape it down to the paper.

Now flip it over so the spine of the kite is up. Where it comes to a point, place a piece of tape and punch a hole for your string. Put your string through the hole and tie into a double knot. Cut a three-foot section of ribbon for the tail and tape it to the bottom of the kite. Finally, use your markers to add your own flair and decoration to the kite.

And the very last step is to fly it! Make a breezy day enjoyable by heading outside with your kite and getting it into the air! 

You might have to make a run for it, but once the breeze catches it, let the string out to have it sail in the sky. 

Let us know if you take on this DIY! Snap a photo and post to Instagram and tag us with @BuckleYouth so we can see. 


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