How to string a kite

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How to string a kite
Make sure your thread is thick enough that it will not easily break when the kite is up in the air. (kite image by Ivonne Wierink from

One of the most crucial steps to building and flying a kite is making sure that it is properly strung. The string of your kite is your connection while it is up in the air. It gives you full control over your kite and allows you to direct its movements. Tying a thread to your kite is not that difficult to accomplish. You need to carefully tie and apply the string onto your kite to make sure that its flies smoothly up in the air, and that the kite does not get damaged.

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Things you need

  • Pre-made kite (unstrung)
  • Needle
  • Heavy-duty thread

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  1. 1

    Locate your kite's centre spar. The centre spar refers to the section in the middle of your kite. If you are using a simple diamond kite, the centre spar is the horizontal wood piece that forms your kite.

  2. 2

    Balance your kite along its centre spar to determine the best place to attach your flying line. Attach the piece of thread by tying it with a simple knot.

  3. 3

    Fly your kite up and down using your temporary string. The kite must move smoothly through the air to signal that you have found the right spot.

  4. 4

    Thread the needle with your heavy-duty thread, using just enough length for you to make all the knots needed, and still have some left over. Remember that you can always cut the excess.

  5. 5

    Sew through the front side of your kite at the spot that you determined as best, and wrap your thread around the kite's spine. Sew back through the front side of your kite and leave one end of your thread long, and the other closer to your kite.

  6. 6

    Secure your string by knotting one shorter end around its longer end. The two ends will form a triangle with your kite, which shall serve as its bridle.

  7. 7

    Tie an overhand loop at the second end of your string. This will provide you the loop to tie your flying line to. Cut the excess thread near your knots but leave some extra near your knot to keep it secure.

  8. 8

    Slip the start of your flying line through the newly created loop in the previous step and knot it securely.

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