Kite Flyer Correspondence
I got this nostalgic note from Stan, after which I took my Newspaper Diamond Kite out of mothballs and took it down the Beach Park. The variable winds on this early spring day made for some exciting kite flying. (April 2008)
Thanks for posting the information on building kites from newsprint on the
web. From the time I was a kid to a senior in college I built both box
and diamond kites from newsprint and then we used what we called weeds for
the cross braces, etc.
I am not sure what the weeds were but they were light and strong. I grew
up in southern Indiana, we do not seem to have those same weeds here in
Missouri where I live now.
Our paste was flour and water, all we needed was either a nickel or a dime
to purchase a roll of string (I think we got 2 cents for each soft drink
bottle we found and took to the store) and we had it made for many months
of summer fun. Later we started using wrapping paper in place of the
So now over 50 years later I find I am going to buy some dowels from the
hardware store and get a couple rolls of string from the web and see what I
can build out of the Sunday funnies. I always favored the box kite. But
many a diamond flew with over 500 ft of sting and parts of old shirts rip up
for the tails. I am going to try your delta design.
I think I will use white glue in place of the flour and water and perhaps
even try vegetable food coloring to dye the newsprint. One thing for
certain, the current string for kites is a lot better than what we had in
the 50s and 60s.