Did you notice how BIG these kites can get? And yes, that’s me in the photo, at full size!
If you’re looking for a kite that will lift you off your feet, THIS IS THE ONE! I’m going to show you how to build a smaller version first, so you get the hang of how it goes together.
Afterward, you can make a 6-foot, 9-foot, or 12-foot model. Just keep your proportions right and find strong, lightweight materials (bamboo is a popular choice, but watch the wall-thickness or it too can get heavy).
The photo here is the 9-foot tall version of this kite, which sports a 25-foot tail. To fly this, you’ll need a lot of wind, so if you live near the beach, you might be able to get this up. Otherwise, you can try to get it airborne by doing what I used to do with mine – tie it to the bumper of your pickup truck and drive out in the country with about a mile of strong string!
The 6-foot versions in a strong wind will generate enough to lift small kids, so watch out (and get your camera).
If you can find balloon sticks (white plastic stiff tubes about 3 feet long), use them. They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to work with. Otherwise, use wood dowels from a hardware store or 36” bamboo gardening stakes from a nursery.
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