How To Build A Diamond Kite

Step-by-Step - The MBK Simple Diamond

The MBK Simple Diamond kite in flight.MBK Simple Diamond
The MBK Simple Diamond kite in flight.MBK Simple Diamond

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 one of my e-books 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

The Simple Diamond - measuring up the sail.

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  • Place your plastic bag flat on the floor, with the closed end at the top.
  • Starting 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

The Simple Diamond - marking the template shape.
  • 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.


The Simple Diamond - complete outline.
The Simple Diamond - the sail cut out and edged with tape.
  • 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

The Simple Diamond - cutting the dowels to length.
The Simple Diamond -  close-up of a spar tip .
The Simple Diamond - both dowels taped in place.
  • 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

The Simple Diamond - flying line attached to dowels.
  • 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

The Simple Diamond - close-up of tail attachment
  • 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!

The MBK Simple Diamond kite cavorts with the clouds...MBK Simple Diamond - a perfect day for it

The MBK Simple Diamond kite cavorts with the clouds...MBK Simple Diamond - 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...

Simple Dowel Kites at a Cub Scout Camp 
My son is a cub scout and we were invited to attend a "family camp". Parents were asked to arrange activities for the cubs that would contribute towards …

We have a winner! 
I helped my 11 year old son build this for his class project in science as he was studying the principles of flight. Half of the grade was design, the …

My son and I made this kite as part of a school project and were amazed with the results. It flew perfectly from the start - I was truly impressed! …

First ever go at making a kite! 
:) This is my first go at making a kite, and I'm stoked! I've been flying now for a couple of years, bought kites, single and dual. But for some reason …

Black Diamond 
We had a kite derby for cub scouts. We made a sail kite and a box kite in the two weeks we had to prepare for it. Both crashed and burned during their …

Best kite I've ever had! 
My son got a cheap kite as a gift for his 6th birthday, and it broke in about 20 seconds. He was very disappointed, so I decided to build one. With …

Easy. Cheap. And Fun as Fudge. Not rated yet
I am 15 and had to make a kite for my math class (following it's geometric meaning and characteristics and all that), and I made this kite in 1-2 hours. …

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This simple home-made design excels in Light to Gentle breezes.

Making Dowel Kites is one of my e-books 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.


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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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