How to Make a Little Trekkers Mail Bag into a Kite

Here at Little Trekkers HQ we are always on the look out for innovative ways to reuse our post bags and this one comes straight form Mary Poppins. Follow our 10 easy steps for how to upcycle your Little Trekkers mail bag into a kite, and you'll be outside having fun in no time at all! All together now! Let’s go fly a kite.... up to the highest height.

What you need to make a kite

What you will need

  • Little Trekkers mail bag
  • 2 garden canes
  • Ball or spool of strong string
  • Sticky tape or glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Stickers to decorate (optional)

How you do it

  1. Notch each end of the garden canes using a craft knife. The garden canes both need to be the same length and no bigger than your Little Trekkers mail bag.

    notch ends of garden canes
  2. Place one cane across the other approx one third of the way down to create a cross shape then tie together using the strong string; I used a small piece of blue tac to help hold them into place.

    cross the canes
  3. Tie the end of the string to the bottom of your kite, threading it through the notches you created earlier. Thread it around the kite through the other 3 notches in turn to create the diamond shape of your kite and securely tying it off at the bottom (but not cutting the string off).

    create diamond shape with the canes
  4. Once this is nice and tight un-ravel a length of string that is approximately the same length as your garden canes then cut the string. Fasten this loose string to the cross in the centre of your kite, this creates the bridle which your towline will attach to.

    unravel the string
  5. Cut your Little Trekkers mail bag open down one side and across the bottom. Place your kite frame on the reverse side. You may wish to experiment with the placement at this stage to ensure the Little Trekkers characters are visible on the front of the kite.

    cut the mail bag open
  6. Cut the mail bag around the shape of the kite leaving an approximate 2.5cm margin all the way around.

    cut around the mail bag
  7. Fold the bag around the frame and secure down with sticky tape or glue.

    fold the bag around the frame
  8. Knot the remainder of your string to the centre of the bridle to create your tow line.

    create your tow line
  9. Cut the remainder of your mail bag into strips and secure on to the bottom of your kite using sticky tape or glue to create a tail. If you wish you can then decorate your kite with stickers to make it extra special.

    finished kite
  10. Go outside and fly your kite!

Our Useful Tips

Take Care
  • When making your kite, always cut away from you!
  • Stability is improved by the use of an effective bow and a flexible tail.
  • Hold your kite up by the string when you are finished to see if it is balanced. You can balance it by putting more paper on one side.
  • Kites are different each time you make one, so slight adjustments might need to be made for each kite.
  • Flying is most fun when the wind is medium so you can do more than just hold on. You can make your kite dance across the sky by pulling in and letting out the line.
  • Remember never fly in rain or lightening as electricity in clouds is attracted to damp kite lines.
  • Always fly kites away from airports, away from power lines, and never over roads.

Share your kite creations with us on our facebook page. We'd loveto see how you get on.

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