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Kite on a Stick DIY: Kite Party

Here is another element for a Kite Party.  These paper versions are the perfect activity for kids to run around with before the actual kite flying begins. As a party activity the kids can paint and decorate their own. They are easy to make with a few simple supplies. Every kid who comes to the party can have their own. And, since they’re built with dowels, they’re easy for little kids to use too. (Click here for the kite invitations.)

Click through for instructions.

Materials: Colored Card Stock, Dowel (any size,) Thin Flat Hobby Wood (about ¾ inch wide,) String, Tissue Paper, Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Scissors

Step 1: Cut out a kite shape from the card stock.
Step 2: Measure and cut the flat hobby wood to the height of the kite.
Step 3: Using scissors, split the hobby wood down the middle.
Step 4: Glue one half of the split wood from top to bottom on the paper kite.
Step 5: Measure the distance from the center of the kite to the side point. Cut the other half of the split hobby wood to this length.
Step 6: Glue these shorter pieces from the center of the kite to the side points.
Step 7: Trim the hobby wood so that it doesn’t hang over the edges of the kite.
Step 8: Using the leftover card stock, cut out a triangle about 3 inches tall.
Step 9: Fold over a strip at the bottom of the triangle. Place glue on this strip and attach it to the middle of the back of the kite (the side without wood.)
Step 10: Cut out strips of tissue paper about a half an inch wide and two feet long.
Step 11: On the bottom corner of the kite back, glue strips of tissue paper on top of each other to create a tail.
Step 12: Cut a string about 1 1/2 feet long and glue one end to the triangle on the back side of the kite.
Step 13: Apply a little glue to the top of your dowel, and wrap the other end of the string around it.
Step 15: Be sure to let the whole kite dry completely before use.

Photography by  Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting and styling by Caitlin Barker

  1. Ana

    May 15, 2013

    This is a really cute idea for kids birthday. And maybe for some grown-up too 🙂

  2. Marlène

    May 15, 2013

    Vraiment une très belle idées. Tellement joli ! Bravo

  3. Louise

    May 15, 2013

    Oh, I just love these kites (and the kite party invites too) – such a great idea. I will remember them for next year – that is for sure. My little boy turns 4 this week and we having a picnic in the woods – another play on the outdoor theme. I’m making little nap-sacks on sticks for party bags and filling them with i-spy nature books, twig pencils and magnifying glasses and other such goodies. 2014 though I think will be the year of the kite for us! Thanks for the inspiration (as always) x

  4. Ciara

    May 15, 2013

    Love this kite. I need to give it a go!

  5. deana

    May 15, 2013

    super cute idea! i would have never thought about a kite themed party… and i live in a windy city too!
    -Deana, from Birds&Oxfords

  6. lauritapurple (@lauritapurple)

    May 15, 2013

    That’s a great idea for making a kite to fly! Sometimes is quite difficult!!

  7. Jesika

    May 16, 2013

    Kites on a STICK!!! Why didn’t I think of this??? Pinning it and loving it.
    Now lets see if mama has time to do it…

  8. 3girls1apple

    May 16, 2013

    This has got to be the best idea for kids. It is a little hard to get the real kites up in the air. At least they will have hope with this one. Great job from

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