Side Cross Rails

Make the four side cross rails the required dimensions. (Be sure they are exactly the same length). Fasten them to the corner strips with small brads; cut short blocks about 3/4" long, and glue them on the side cross rails against the corner strips to reinforce the joints. Do this on all the joints. Make the two side frames exactly the same size.

The Paper Covering

Select a good tough paper (not too heavy). Cut a strip long enough to go entirely around the kite frame, allowing 2" for lapping. Cut it about l 1/2" wider than called for in the drawing so it may be turned over 3/4" on each edge. Lay the paper flat on the floor, or on a long table, spread an even coating of glue along each edge, covering a margin of about 3/4". Lay a string perfectly straight the full length of the paper about 3/4" from the edge, and fold the glued edge over the string, thus forming a very strong margin for the paper. Prepare both edges of each piece in similar manner.

Determine the length required to cover the kite frame and glue the ends of each piece of paper togther, forming a complete circular band of each. Be sure the two are exactly the same size.


With a brad awl bore a small hole in the center of each side cross rail to receive the brads. Drive a brad in one end of one of the stretchers, place the side frames inside the paper bands, and with one end of the stretcher in its proper place, spread the kite into its desired shape and measure the length to cut this stretcher. Cut it long enough so that when in position the paper will be stretched perfectly smooth. In like manner cut the second stretcher. Insert brads in the second end of each stretcher.

The Bridle

Attach the bridle to the corner strips, as indicated in the drawing; the strings may be simply tied around the corner strips in small notches to prevent slipping. A more substantial way of attaching the bridle is to use a piece of small, flat braid moistened in glue and wrapped around the corner strips so as to form loops to which the bridle may be attached.

Optional and Home Projects Employing Similar Principles.

Plain Kite With Tail

1. The plain flat kite with two or three sticks, may be made as shown in suggestions Nos. 1 and 2. This kind of kite requires a tail, which serves as a balance, and prevents darting. The bridle should be attached to each of the sticks a short distance from the central point; these strings are all brought together and tied a few inches from the face of the kite. The flying string is attached to this bridle.

Tailless Kite

2. The tailless kites are very interesting and the most difficult to make; they cannot be made flat like the kites which have tails, but must be considerably bowed, as shown in suggestion No. 3. The paper covering should be very loose. The bridle is attached on the outside of the bow; that is, so the wind blows against the rounding side of the kite as it goes up.