The Cocktail Napkin Kite Plan

As seen in the March 1999 issue of Kitelife, the internet magazine.

Minature kites have been around for a long time. In Japan at the new year kites are flown as wishes and the string is cut so wishes may come true. In China these kites are also made to represent dreams and problems and are flown to help resolve them. These minature kites are made of relatively delicate light materials. They can be flown outdoors but only in the lightest of winds.

Materials Required

  1. Minimum 5" X 5 " Cocktail Napkin
    (pick out your favourite pattern at the grocery store)
  2. Small spool of 25lb Monofilament Fishing Line for spine
  3. Small spool of 15lb Monofilament Fishing Line for spreader(cross spar)
  4. Wood cutting board(to wrap fishing line around)
  5. Piece of pressboard, newspaper, carboard etc for cutting on
  6. Small thin sheet of plastic to cut out a template
  7. White paper glue
  8. Exacto knife & steel ruler
  9. Spool of sewing thread for flying line
  10. Christmas tinsel for tail
  11. Scotch Tape for attaching bridle and tail
  12. Drill & small drill bit
  13. Small plastic lunch bag to store your kite


There is nothing magical about
the dimensions I have used.You
can make yours larger or smaller
with a little experience. Measure
and cut out a template using using
an exacto knife & steel ruler


Preparation of monofilament line

The fishing line requires a heat proceess to take the natural curl out of the line. wrap both 15lb and 25lb fishing line around the cutting board. the cutting board should be at least 6 inches wide. Heat in oven at 300 for 1 hour. The idea is that the heat will take out the natural twist in the fishing line. You want straight spars to work with. Please monitor the cooking process & turn the fan on. After one hour remove board and let cool. cut the line to length of at least 6 inches
If you don't feel comfortable heating/cooking the line you can always spend a little more on higher grade fishing line which contains much less curl in it.


one more napkin kite photo for you to view!

Flight instructions


It's me at the Hobby
show flying a napkin kite
This plan took me years to piece together from various sources. People such as, Skye Morrison, well known kite personality. Skye first brought back the secrets from Japan and passed them onto the Toronto Kite Fliers(TKF). The TKF sells these kites to generate funds for the club at Hobby shows during the year. It was Merv Cooper, Treasurer of the TKF who first showed me how to assemble the minature kites at a work shop. I was so fascinated with the kites that my whole family helped whip up 250 of them as party favours for my wedding in 1995.

- Carlos Simoes