Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How to Make a Trash Bag Kite

My Dad can do just about anything he sets his mind to.  From fire-by-friction to gardening, to carving and more, he goes from project to project becoming an expert in it all.

March isn't over yet, and it's the perfect time of year to learn how to make a trash bag kite.  From what I can tell, My dad's trash bag kite plans are better than any you can find on the web.  Here is a picture of the plans taken by my dad.  I hope you get a chance to use them!

You Will Need:  
A plastic trash bag
Measure Tape
2-1/4"diameter dowels
Clear Packing Tape 
Hole Punch
Kite String

Fold a trash bag in half vertically and cut it according to my dad's dimensions.
Unfold the trash bag and lay it out as shown
Cut the dowels to size and tape one on either side of the kite as shown. (E to D)  
Make sure to tape the tops and bottoms of the dowels.
Reinforce the corners of the inverted triangle hole with tape. (A and F)
Reinforce points C with tape. 
Punch holes in the tape at C.
Cut a kite string harness about 55" long.
Tie one end of the harness string at one of the points C and the other end of the harness string at the other point C.
Tie an overhand knot in the middle of the harness string to form a small loop.  
Tie the end of a roll of kite string to the loop.
Try flying your kite.
If kite dives too much, add a tail cut from a trash bag at the bottom of each dowel (point D).

1 comment:

  1. We just made one of these for FHE! What's the triangle in the middle of this one? Ours didn't have anything like that.