How to Build a Diamond Kite

Step-by-Step—the 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. And there's a flying video at the end.

How to build a diamond kite - MBK Simple Diamond

Don't worry about how long this page looks.

The steps are easy, hence this simple diamond kite comes together very quickly!

Sometimes I went out with my (then) 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.

50-pound line is the ideal weight for this kite.

(Regarding that pinnable imageit's much bigger when pinned.)



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1. How to Build a Diamond Kite
Measuring the Sail

MBK Simple Diamond kite - measuring up the sail

A quick look at the materials and tools for making this kite might be a good idea, 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.
  • Starting from just below the top-left corner of the bag, measure and mark three dots on the plastic. I've highlighted 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

MBK 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.

MBK Simple Diamond - complete outline
MBK 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

MBK Simple Diamond - cutting the dowels to length
MBK Simple Diamond -  close-up of a spar tip
MBK Simple Diamond - both dowels taped in place.
  • Lay a length of your 5 mm (3/16 in.) dowel down the centerline 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 in.) 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

MBK 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

MBK Simple Diamond - close-up of tail attachment
  • From spare scraps of sail plastic, make up a long narrow strip no shorter than five times the length of the kite itself. The strip should be about 5 cm (2 in.) 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.



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.

Click/tap the photo to see a bigger, higher-res version.

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.


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As mentioned earlier, there's more kite making on this site than you can poke a stick at :-)

Want to know the most convenient way of using it all?

The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of downloads — printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.

Every kite in every MBK series.