How to make an Olive The Owl kite

Rustle up some tissue paper, string and wire for this homemade kite that small children can help make – and then fly all by themselves

How to make an Olive the Owl kite

Small children love to learn how to fly a simple kite – and the thrill is even more special when it’s a kite they’re made (or helped to make) themselves.

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We love this lovely owl-themed kite. It’s easy to make, a cinch to fly and small fingers get to stick on LOADS of coloured triangles small fingers during the construction process.

Here’s how to make your Olive the Owl kite…

What you’ll need:

  • Pliers*
  • Thin wire, about 0.5mm thick
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper in light green, blue, pink, and dark green
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Piece of string, 6cm long
  • Rectangle card

*Adult supervision required.

Step 1

how to make an olive owl kite step 1
Pic: Creative Creatures/Donna Wilson

Using pliers, bend a piece of wire into an owl shape and carefully tape the edges together. Then, using 2 more bits of wire, create a crossbar, making sure to bend each end back on itself to form hooks. Attach the crossbar to the owl-shaped frame and secure in place with some tape.

Step 2

how to make olive owl kite step 2
Pic: Creative Creature/Donna Wilson

Cut a piece of light green tissue paper 1cm larger than your wire frame. Make cuts 1cm apart all around the edges to form small flaps.

Step 3

how to make olive the owl kite step 3
Pic: Creative Creatures/Donna Wilson

Place the wire frame onto the tissue paper, then fold each flap over and glue in place. Some flaps might overlap, but that’s fine.

Step 4

how to make olive the owl kite step 4
Pic: Creative Creatures/Donna Wilson

Cut out your owl’s eyes, beak, wings, tail and feathers from pink, blue and dark green tissue paper. Then, using our main picture (or the final picture, below) as a guide, glue your pieces into place on the front of the kite.

Step 5

how to make olive the owl kite step 5
Pic: Creative Creatures/Donna Wilson

Knot your string to the rectangle card to make a handle and then wind it around. Tie the loose end of the string to the centre of the crossbar, and–  voilà – your owl kite is now ready to fly the skies!

finished olive the owl kite
Pic: Creative Creatures/Donna Wilson
  • Extracted with thanks from Donna Wilson’s Creative Creatures: Make-and-Do Crafty Creatures for Kids (no longer in print).
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