We love kite flying, thanks to a life long obsession with Mary Poppins, so I thought I would try and make one of our own. I found this design for a tetrahedron kite on you tube and it has been great! Very cheap and easy to make and will fly beautifully.
For this kite you will need string, drinking straws, sticky tape, scissors and paper (I used an old Melways).
Measure out a length of string that is five straws long plus a little extra for knots.
Thread on three straws and tie in a triangle.
Thread on the other two straws and tie like this.
Thread another straw onto a length of string and tie it to the two points that only have two straws.
This makes you tetrahedron.
Lay your tetrahedron onto your paper and trace around. Remember to leave room for flaps to fold over the straws. Tape it onto your tetrahedron. You will need to cover two sides.
Now you can make as many as you like and start tying them together. A basic tetrahedron kite is made with four of these but ours uses 19. You are only limited by your supplies, time, and boot space! Make the knots tight and secure, you don't want this thing falling apart in the air.
We found the kite VERY easy to fly, one person can easily get it off the ground and flying on their own. It stays up well and looks odd and wonderful in the air.
I hope you have success with your own kite making, looking forward to seeing variations of these all over Melbourne!
Here is the original tutorial that I watched. I decided to use stronger paper than the recommended tissue paper because I wanted the kite to last and I made it much larger. I also reinforced the straws that were bare by wrapping them in paper.