Let's make a 3D Flying Kite craft with the kids this Summer! A fun and easy to make 3D kite craft that uses a pulley system to make the kite fly high up into the sky!

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3D Flying Kite Craft

Let’s go fly kite this Summer, with our super fun and easy to make 3D Flying Kite Craft. This Summer craft for kids is a follow up to the popular 3D Flying Hot Air Balloon. Craft and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) collide to create a 3D paper kite craft that uses a simple pulley system to create the impression of flight against a glorious Summers blue sky!

The kite template makes this craft especially easy for children, who will engage their fine motor skills in cutting, tracing, folding and sticking throughout the process of the creating their 3D kite and background. The introduction of the pulley system is the “cherry on top” in this craft. It’s an immersive mechanism that enhances creativity and engagement.

What’s not to love about this 3D Flying Kite Craft? with its pulley system and gorgeous rainbow 3D Kite, children’s creativity will soar, so let’s get started!

How to Make a 3D Flying Kite Craft

Supplies for the 3D Kite Craft:

  • Blue Card Stock 
  • Colored Card Stock 
  • Tape 
  • String 
  • Hole Punch 
  • Pencil 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue Stick 
  • Black Marker Pen

How to Download the Kite Template

Let's make a 3D Flying Kite craft with the kids this Summer! A fun and easy to make 3D kite craft that uses a pulley system to make the kite fly high up into the sky!

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Watch the 3D Flying Kite Craft Tutorial

Let’s Make a Kite – Step by Step

Image showing all the elements from the kite template cut out. The kite shape has been traced onto 5 pieces of card stock - all different colors. 3 bows have been traced and cut out using different colors.

Cut out the Kite Elements and Trace

Start by cutting out the hot air balloon elements from the template and trace onto the colored card.

Our kite is made up of 5 pieces of colored card stock and a further 3 bows.

Image showing all the kite segments cut in half and then glued onto one side of the white kite template.

Fold the Kite Shapes in Half

Once the kites have been traced, cut them out and carefully fold each in half.

Next, select one half of the kite template and begin to layer the colored segments, one on top of the other – aligning each as you go.

Image showing a continuation of the kite segments being played onto one half of the kite template.

Layer the Folded Kite Segments

Continue layering the kite shapes.

Image showing all the kite segments layered and then enfolded to the other side, creating a 3D kite effect.

Open the Kite Folds and POP

Once all the kites have been layered, apply lots of glue to the empty white space, unfold the last segment and secure. 

The kite will now pop to create a colorful 3D Kite.

Image showing a 3D kite with a ribbon affixed to its back. 3 bows have been glued to the ribbon - all evenly spaced.

Add a Kite Tail

Attach a piece of ribbon to the back of the kite using sticky tape or glue, and then affix the 3 bows to the ribbon – try to space the bows out evenly.

Image showing white clouds glued to blue card stock.

Let’s Create a Background and Pulley System

Using a hole punch, create two central and aligned holes at either end of the blue card stock. 

Glue the white clouds and draw little ‘V’ shapes with a marker pen to create the impression of birds flying between the the clouds of the Summers Day blue sky. 

Now cut a long piece of the string that’s twice as long as the backing card. It should be long enough to join the end at the back and tie.

A single hole has been created at each end of the blue card stock. A piece of string is shown cut and positioned down the center of the back of the kite.

Secure the String to the Kite

Before threading the string through the holes, secure the middle to the back of the kite using sticky tape.

Image showing the string that's attached to the 3D kite thread through the two holes.

Thread the String and Secure with a Knot

Place the 3D Kite into the middle of the background and between the holes. Thread the string ends threw their matching hole.

Turn the backing card over, allow a little slack in the string and secure the ends with a simple knot.

Let's make a 3D Flying Kite craft with the kids this Summer! A fun and easy to make 3D kite craft that uses a pulley system to make the kite fly high up into the sky!

The 3D Flying Kite Craft is Complete

The 3D Flying Kite Craft is ready to soar high up into the clouds! To make the kite fly, pull the string from behind up and down. 

If you have loved our easy 3D Kite craft and made the craft with your children, please do share the results with us on social media!

Let's make a 3D Flying Kite craft with the kids this Summer! A fun and easy to make 3D kite craft that uses a pulley system to make the kite fly high up into the sky!

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