On Sunday, August 7, Dan’s Papers will be hosting its 44th Kite Fly at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack. This family friendly Hamptons tradition invites hundreds of people each year to fly their kites for a chance to win prizes in several categories including best homemade kite, most colorful kite, best nautical kite and more. If you and your family want to get creative this coming weekend, then you’re in luck! Here are some crafty kites for the whole family to get involved with.
The Old Faithful Kite (Traditional Diamond Kite)
Simplicity can sometimes be effective. If you find yourself scrambling to make a kite a few hours before heading out to Sagaponack, an “Average Joe” kite can be the way to go. All you need are two sticks, a 17 x 22 sheet of paper, scissors and ribbons. Within 20 minutes, you will have a kite all ready to brace the windy ocean air. Although this kite has a rather skeletal structure, it is perfect for the whole family to decorate. Just make sure you have some glue, pom poms, crayons and ribbons and your kite will become a masterpiece in no time!
Directions here: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Kite
Every year you go to the kite fly with the whole family, but to your family’s disappointment, you never seem to fly a kite quite distinctive enough to win the contest. Since the contest is only two days a way, you and your family may feel forlorn; however, the clouds will be rolling in on Saturday, giving you a perfect opportunity for the whole family to collaborate on a rainy day activity. The tetrahedral kite’s porous, triangular design definitely makes it idiosyncratic, which will definitely capture the attention of all the judges. To spice it up even more, try to use metallic paper, which will illuminate next to all of the other kites in the sky. Even though the kite’s eight-step creation process might be a bit involved, the resulting product will make you and your kids feeling proud.
Directions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Tetrahedral-Kite/
Garbage Bag Kite
So, you don’t have paper and you don’t have time to go to the store. You are scrambling to find supplies. All is not lost. As long as you keep trash bags at home, have string and find a few sticks in your kitchen, you will be able to create an unconventional yet functional kite to have the whole family fly.
Directions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Garbage-Bag-Kite/?ALLSTEPS
“Angry Birds” Kite
Although traditional kites are fun to fly, they can often be eyesores. If you think garish kites are more your thing, then the “Angry Birds” kite will be the easiest build-your-own kite with the most flair. Once you take a pit stop at an arts and crafts store to pick up feathers, paint and tissue paper, you will be well on your way to creating something that will get double takes once its up in the sky.
Directions here: http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/paper-crafts/paper-kites.htm
Sagg Main Beach is located at 315 Sagg Main Street in Sagaponack.