Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Harness the wind! A DIY Japanese kite kit for all ages that comes in its own reusable cardboard briefcase.
Harness the wind! A DIY Japanese kite kit for all ages that comes in its own reusable cardboard briefcase.
121 backers pledged $6,086 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Kaku Dako Kite Kit project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$6,086

121

Harness the wind! Meet Kaku Dako:

Kaku Dako (pronounced ka-koo-dah-koh) is a DIY paper and bamboo kite kit that teaches you how to put it together. 

Inspired by traditional Japanese kites, we've created a version that's easy to assemble and practically flies itself. Ours comes in three colors – peach, mint, and black and white, with different geometric patterns on the front.

There are effortless instructions printed on the backside of the kite, and assembly is easy with mess-free peel and stick glue strips. 

This kite soars with ease, and once you’re ready to put it away for the day, simply tuck it back inside its reusable cardboard briefcase for safekeeping. In this packaging, the kite handle is the handle. 

Kite History:

Kites were invented way back in 2600 B.C. in China, long before the start of written history. Over the years they've been used in different ways, including communication and measuring tools. The style we studied in particular, Kaku Dako, hails historically from Tokyo. This name loosely translates from Japanese to English as "Angled Kite", referring to the rectangular sides of the body. 

Today, they are an excellent way to clear your head and enjoy the outdoors, and truly an activity that's fun for all ages. Kites are something that can be fun for everyone, and are a great way to bring people together. 

About Us & Manufacturing Methods:

We are a two-person product design studio in Detroit that specializes in toys and gifts. With every new product we dream up, we strive to produce it as locally as possible. By doing this, we get to establish personal relationships with the vendors we work with and collaborate with them on projects together. This kite kit is no different – the only piece we were unable to have manufactured in the US is the handle and string. All other parts are sourced from Michigan and California.

 

 

Our ultimate goal in this endeavor is to create a beautiful kite that flies great and offer it at an accessible price point. 

 

Risks and challenges

So far, so good! We have created the first version of this kite kit and established which vendors we'll be working with to supply all the needed parts. This kit contains a paper kite, tails, cut-to-size bamboo, sticker reinforcements, a pre-wrapped handle, and an elastic bowline for extra stability.

Each Kaku Dako kite kit creates a 12.5 x 19 inch kite with 38 inch long tails. No additional materials are necessary, not even scissors or glue. This way, it's the easiest possible way to get a kite in the air.

With your help, we can create the first production run of this kite kit.
We're so excited to make this a reality! Help us make it happen : )

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thank You Note

    A hand-written thank you note from us that'll teach you something new about kites.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    One Kite Kit

    One kite kit coming your way!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    A Pair of Kite Kits

    2 kites, double the fun!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    42 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    One Kite Pack

    All three kites PLUS a handwritten thank you. We're grateful!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    Double Kite Pack

    A 6 pack of kites - 2 of each color.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Studio Tour + Kite Pack

    A full studio tour and a 3 pack of kite kits (1 of each color).

    **Anyone can pledge this amount, so long as they can come to Detroit, MI.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $375 or more About $375

    25 Class Pack

    25 kites – a perfect activity for a classroom that wants to get outside!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    25 Class Pack + Us!

    We'll come with 25 kites and lead a fun-filled, kite-making afternoon.

    **Must be a local school, venue, or congregation in or near Detroit, MI.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    50 Class Pack

    50 kites! Imagine the possibilities!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Detroit Tour

    A full tour of our favorite city! Includes seeing our studio, kite flying on Belle Isle, and a delicious dinner.

    **Available to anyone willing to come to Detroit, MI for a day.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (26 days)