Learn how to build a Diamond kite with these easy-to-follow
instructions. Fully illustrated with photographs, every step of the way.
Don't worry about how long this page looks....
The steps are easy, hence this simple Diamond kite comes together very quickly!
Sometimes I go out with my young son to fly this kite. A classic
picture of father and son, out flying a kite!
Like nearly every Diamond,
it's very reliable and easy to handle in flight. Watch it wing-waggle
and swoop occasionally, staying up as long as the wind blows.
The tail is simplicity itself - just a long slim rectangle of the same plastic you use for the sail. For more stability in fresher winds, it's easy to just add on a bit more length to the tail.
Making Dowel Kites is an e-book that's worth a look (or printing off) when you want to explore bigger and better kites. Using similar materials and construction methods - that is, just dowels, plastic and tape.
Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...
1. How To Build A Diamond Kite -
Measuring The Sail
You might want to take a quick look at the materials and tools for making this kite, first. Then just click the Back button on your browser to get back here.
- Place your plastic bag flat on the floor, with the closed end at the top.
from just below the top-left corner of the bag, measure and mark 3 dots
on the plastic. I've high-lighted the dots in yellow, in the photo.
Judge the horizontal and vertical directions by eye. If you're careful,
there's no need for a T-square.
2. How To Build A Diamond Kite -
Cutting The Sail
- Take your ruler and connect the dots with the black marker pen, as shown in the photo. (OK, the lines appear a bit faint in the photo!)
- Flip the plastic over and trace over all the black lines.
- Cut along the top and right side of the bag, and open it out to show the complete sail outline, as in the first photo.
- Take your scissors and cut along all the black lines. As in the second photo, your Diamond kite sail is nearly complete!
3. How To Build A Diamond Kite -
Adding The Spars
- Lay a length of your 5mm (3/16") dowel down the center-line of
the sail, line it up with the top sail corner and saw it off at the
bottom corner. See the first photo, above, where the dowel has not yet been cut.
- Cut off a 5 cm (2 inch) length of insulation tape, and stick down the dowel to the plastic. See the second photo.
- Do the bottom end of the dowel the same way.
- Do the other dowel similarly, so the kite looks like the third photo.
Note: After flying this kite for several months, I decided to recommend you add another piece of tape to the top corner of the sail, at right-angles to the first tape. For added strength!
4. How To Build A Diamond Kite -
Attach The Flying Line
- Poke a hole in the plastic sail, right over where the dowels cross each other.
- Thread the free end of your flying line through the hole, and tie it firmly around the crossing-point, as in the photo. Ignore the loop in the photo, unless you want to make a simple bridle like I did...
5. Rather Important!
Attach The Tail
- From spare scraps of sail plastic, make up a long narrow strip no shorter than 5 times the length of the kite itself. The strip should be about 5 cm (2 inches) wide.
- Thread one end of the tail around the bottom of the vertical spar, as you can see in the photo. Tie the tail to the dowel with a simple knot.
And Now - FLYING!
A perfect day for it
I hope you enjoyed learning how to build a Diamond kite. There's ours in the photo above, flying around on a perfect day for it.
Out In The Field
Diamond kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
That's it, you're ready to fly. Take the kite out whenever you can see leaves moving in the trees or bushes. If it won't stay up, try letting out plenty of line and then towing it up at jogging pace. It might find enough wind higher up.
With plenty of wind, this kite will waggle from side to side, so make sure all the tip-tapes are pressed down firmly and secure. I had one let go once, which brought the kite down suddenly. With some spare tape I had handy, the sail tip was soon fixed and the Diamond waggled straight back up to full flying height.
Ever Made This Kite?
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
This simple home-made design excels in Light to Gentle breezes.