Diamond Kite Measurement?

by Jason


My grandfather taught me how to make a diamond shaped newspaper kite when I was a kid. I made one back then and it flew pretty good but it was 25 years ago and I forgot the size of the kite and all the measurements etc.

I'm pretty sure we taped a couple pieces of news paper together but I can't even remember that. I do remember we had to use a pretty long tail.

I found measurements from one on youtube 33" x 36" with horizontal dowel rod 10" from the top but the kite keeps tipping over and smashing into the ground. I don't think I have a long enough tail.

I saw yours on the website and I'm going to make one but I'm wondering in the picture is that 30" from the top of the bag or 30" from the horizontal line that's 10" from the top? Trying to make sure I'm measuring right before I cut the dowel rod.

Also thanks for putting your kite instructions on the web. This is really great. I'm experimenting with the newspaper one until I get it air born but my kids are not so patient. Home made is way more fun!


Sounds like you have discovered the Simple Diamond, under the simple kites link up there on the left. In your words, the lower vertical measurement is...

30" from the horizontal line that's 10" from the top

The arrows are meant to convey 'start here and end there'. On this kite the horizontal spar is exactly 25% (one quarter) of the way down the vertical spar. This works for flat Diamonds of any size.

The suggested tail for this particular kite works well since I have flown the original several times in varying wind speeds.

However, in general, and as you might have found in 'the old days', it is sometimes necessary to keep adding tail until the kite starts to behave.

Have fun out there and fly it high :-)

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Mar 17, 2019
Diamond instructions
by: Tim P.

Marty - the 10" might be better at 9" for a future effort, but leave that for now.

The sticks should indeed be facing the sky not the ground when the kite is up. So, poke or cut a small hole in the sail where the sticks cross. Then thread the flying line through the hole and tie off to the crossing-point, as instructed. This single-line approach does work.

If the kite wobbles around so much that it hardly stays up, simply add more tail until the kite flies better.

Cloth is a too heavy really - try paper or plastic instead, for those cross-pieces on the tail.

Have fun flying!

Mar 17, 2019
Will my life fly?
by: Marty

I made a diamond kite off of a YouTube video.It instructed me to cut my dowels. One at 36 inch and the other at 33 inches with my cross point of both dowels coming down 10 inches from the top of the kite. It also told me to cut a slot on the ends of the dowels and wrap the string around creating the diamond effect. Then it said to add 1 inch all the way around the whole template and then to tape the 1 inch lip over the string outline going all the way around the kite.I used wrapping paper for the kite and put in alot of time creating a drawing on the kite of my son's liking.I have all this accomplished and now I'm at a questionable point.The video is not at its best at this point.It looks like it demonstrates to tie the string at the center of both dowels(10 inches from the top) and to make the tail 6x the lenght of the kite with cloth bows going down every foot of the tail.

It also seems that if I complete it this way that when flown the dowel rods will be facing the earth and not facing towards the sky. I need advice to save and finish this kite or just start a different one.

I need instructions on where to tie the string and the facing of the dowels and tips for the tail. The video also mentions that if the kite is uncontrolled to cut out @ a 2 1/2 circle at the center of where the dowels meet (10 inches).

Somebody please help me and tell me I haven't just wasted my time and drawing ability.Thank you.

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