Makar Sankranti is just around the corner. We are all extremely excited for the festival, especially to fly kites all day long. Flying kites on this day holds a large significance. However, we can’t go outside to buy kites due to the spread of coronavirus. Therefore, here is an easy guide to make a kite at home.
How To Make A Kite?
Take a 20 inch stick and put it across a 24 inch stick. Make it look like a lowercase T. These sticks are the frame of your kite. If you want a bigger kite, then use longer sticks. Just make sure that the horizontal stick is 4 inches shorter than the other stick. Attach both the sticks together using glue and thread. Wrap the thread around the two sticks to attach them together. Then, tie a knot and cut off extra thread. Make sure the sticks form a right angle and are positioned together. Use scissors to make 1 notch at the end of each stick and these notches should run horizontally or across the width of the stick. Make sure that they are deep enough to fit the string that you are going to use to attach the sail. Next step is to loop the string around the top notch on the frame, wrapping it once around the stick. Now, you need to pull the string through the notch on the right end of the frame. Stretch the string to the notch that is present at the bottom end of the frame. Then, through the left end of the frame. Next step is to wrap the string 1-2 times around the top end of the frame. Use scissors to remove any excess string. You can get creative here. At this step, take a large and white garbage bag since it will be durable and you can easily decorate it. Instead, you can use a strong white contact paper or a newspaper is also a good option. Spread the material on the ground. Then, place the frame you made with sticks in the center of the sail. Place the ruler on the top of the frame. Then, put it down the end of the stick on the right side of the frame. Use a pen or pencil to draw a diagonal line from the top end to the end of the stick on the right, using the ruler as a guide. Do this again from the right end to the bottom end of the frame as well as from the bottom end to the left end. At last, draw a diagonal line from the left end up to the top end of the frame. Using your scissors, cut out a diamond. Make sure to leave a bit of space around the outline so you can wrap the sail to the frame easily. Run a thin line of super glue on the frame. Now, press the edge of the sail on the frame to keep it in place. You can also use masking tape or electrical tape to keep the sail attached to the frame. Just tape the edge onto the inside of the sail.
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- Use a string that is at least 20 inches long for the flying line. Poke a small hole right above where the 2 sticks meet with scissors. The hole should be big enough to fit the flying line. Then, pull one end of the flying line through the hole and tie it tightly around the cross point. Let the flying line hang down freely while you finish the rest of the kite.
- Attach the tail to the bottom end of the frame, looping it over the frame several times and tying it tightly. Use a thick string or a strip of cloth for the tail.
- Use pieces that are 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) long. Tie them onto the tail with a small knot, allowing them to dangle down off the string. The cloth or ribbon pieces will help the tail stay balanced and ensure the kite flies straight.
- This is the fun part! Get creative by writing inspirational words or phrases on your kite with markers. You can also color your kite with markers, creating a fun pattern like stripes or dots. Try gluing shapes made from colored paper, like swirls, triangles, or circles, onto the sail.
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- Look for an open area. Hold tight to the kite string and run in the direction of the wind. Then, release the kite as you are running, pushing it upward into the wind. Use the flying line to keep the kite in the air (Jaipur kite festival).
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