Making a kite from scratch is a fun and rewarding experience. When your handmade kite soars high in the sky, the joy is immeasurable.
Bamboo sticks make excellent materials for kites, adding a traditional touch to this beloved activity.
In this guide, I'll walk you through how to make a bamboo kite at home using simple materials.
What You’ll Need
- Bamboo sticks
- Thin string (dental floss works too!)
- Plastic bags (bin liner types are the best)
- Weights (books will work)
- Saw (optional)
- Matches or a lighter
Locate bamboo sticks that are neither too thick nor too thin. The size should be between a pencil and a skewer. Make sure the bamboo isn't rotten. Cut it into square-shaped pieces that are three times the size you need.
Take care when splitting the bamboo, especially near the nodes, which are the chamber walls of the bamboo.
Shave the Bamboo
Lay the bamboo stick on your thigh and use a knife to shave off all four corners. Remember, you can always take off more, but you can't add back what you've removed.
After you get a good stick, make sure it's even by bending it into a semi-circle.
Make the Frame
Arrange the sticks to find the perfect lengths and joints. Use a string to find the exact middle of the cross-spar. Mark this point. Tie the sticks together with knots like the half hitch or lark's head knot. A good knot helps make a strong frame.
Add the Sail
For the sail, you can use a plastic bag, light fabric, or even newspaper. Place the frame on top of the sail material and cut around it, leaving a small hem. You can secure the hem to the kite frame using incense sticks. Be careful; the incense can easily burn a hole in your kite.
Add Tails and bridles
Add strips of sail material as tails to the kite. This stabilizes the kite when it flies.
Poke holes at the spar intersection and a third of the way up the spine. Attach a string between these holes. The string helps control the kite's direction.
Time for Takeoff
Now, your kite is ready for its maiden flight. Find an open area where there's nothing to tangle your kite. Attach your kite to the flying line using a larks head knot. Let your kite catch the wind and slowly let out the line.
If the kite crashes or sways too much to one side, bring it back and adjust the tail length. With some practice, you'll soon become a kite-flying pro. If you need some energy to continue, drink the bamboo water or mix some bamboo powder in the water.
- Be careful when handling the knife and incense.
- Make sure your knots are tight and secure.
- If you're new to kite-making, don't worry if you don't get it right the first time. Practice makes perfect!
Hi there, I’m Sam Billings, and I’m all about sustainability. Running a printing business is my thing, but my real passion is preserving nature. That’s why I run the Live Health blog, where I focus on Bamboo plants and their eco-friendly goodness.