It’s going to be a beautiful weekend; go fly a kite! Built with straws and Tyvek by Instructables user emilyfis.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Emily

    The link is missing “htt” at the beginning. Easy mistake.
    I’m looking forward to making this kite. It gives me a great excuse to get a big pack of bendy straws (my favorite things in the world)
    I wonder…. how would the kite perform if it was made of fused grocery bags?

  • Becky Stern

    Thanks for catching that! The fused plastic bags might work just fine!

  • haptician

    Hi Becky and Emily:
    You can use any thin, lightweight material for the kite sails. Just make sure the material is securely fastened to the kite skeleton.
    Thanks for the post!

  • Kim P.

    My dad used to make these with his 5th grade class every year. Instead of wire he used string and instead of material he used colored tissue paper. The tissue paper allowed the kids to personalize it a little by choosing different colors. They flew just fine and made a pretty decoration to hang from their bedroom ceiling when they were not flying them. :)