How To Make A Paper Delta Kite

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The MBK Paper Delta

Learn how to make a Paper Delta kite with these easy-to-follow instructions. Fully illustrated with close-up photographs, every step of the way.

The MBK Paper Delta kite in flight.MBK Paper Delta
The MBK Paper Delta kite in flight.MBK Paper Delta

These instructions take you step-by-step through making a small but high-flying Delta kite. All from several pieces of A4 or Letter size copier paper and some sticky tape!

This kite performs well in Gentle to Moderate wind speeds. That's from 12 to 28 kph or from 8 to 18 mph. Even quite a small child should be able to hang on to the winder once the kite is up.




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How To Make A Paper Delta Kite...
The Sail

Tack Paper Sheets Together

The Paper Delta kite - 3 sheets of paper tacked together.3 sheets of paper tacked together
  • Orient the sheets sideways as shown in the photo. The paper color(s) are up to you!
  • Crease the upper sheet down the middle, by folding from left to right. Bring the sheets together and tack in place with short strips of sticky tape. Line up the crease with the join-line of the other 2 sheets. Yellow lines show where the tape goes.

Note: The edges of tape just applied are shown as yellow lines, from here on.



Measure On One Side

The Paper Delta kite - sail shape measured and marked.Sail shape measured and marked
  • Start measuring from the point where the 3 sheets of paper meet.
  • Using a pen (perhaps a felt-tip pen on the sticky tape!), make dots on the paper, following the arrows shown above. I have added yellow dots to make the positions clear.
  • Note how dots are placed either on the center-line from top to bottom, or to the right of the center-line.

Note: The second dot from the right is handy if you only have a standard 30cm (12”) ruler! If you have a longer ruler, that dot may be left out.



Fold Along The Center-Line

The Paper Delta kite - paper sheets folded.Paper sheets folded
  • Fold the 3 sheets along the center-line, leaving the dots on the outside.
  • Place the paper up against a window while there is some light outside.
  • Trace the dots that are away from the center-line onto the unmarked side.

Note: What if the paper is too dark to see through, like the black used here? Just poke a hole through the dot with a needle so you can see where to put a dot on the unmarked side!



Draw Sail Shape

The Paper Delta kite - lines drawn between dots.Lines drawn between dots
  • Unfold all the paper and lay it down.
  • Using a pen and ruler, connect the dots as shown in the photo.

Note: For black paper, I found a blunt soft pencil leaves a shiny line on the matte surface of the paper. Otherwise, the lines can be very hard to see!



Apply Tape

The Paper Delta kite - tape laid down.Tape laid down
  • Apply sticky tape as indicated in the photo. Those 2 strips at the top extend 8cm (3 1/8”) along the sail outline from the nose point.  



Cut Sail Shape

The Paper Delta kite - sail cut out.Sail cut out
  • With scissors, cut all around the sail shape. There's the completed sail in the photo.


Draw Vertical Guide Lines

The Paper Delta kite - dots drawn for vertical guide lines.Dots drawn for vertical guide lines
  • Lay down the sail so the sticky tape is against the floor.
  • Near the top of the sail, make a dot on each side of the center-line, 0.6cm (1/4”) from the line. See the photo on the left up there.
  • Similarly,make a pair of dots near the bottom end of the center-line. The photo on the right shows both pairs of dots.

Note: For very dark-colored paper, try using a soft pencil which will make a shiny mark.



 

The Paper Delta kite - both guide lines drawn.Both guide lines drawn
  • Rule 2 straight lines through all the dots as shown.

Note: The camera flash has made the ends of the lines faint in the photo above.



Draw Leading Edge Guide Lines

The Paper Delta kite - dots marked near leading edges.Dots marked near leading edges
  • Flip the sail over and mark 4 dots, each one 0.8cm (5/16”) from the edge of the paper. The distances in from each end of the paper edge can just be approximate. Use the photo as a guide.


 

The Paper Delta kite - lines drawn through dots.Lines drawn through dots
  • Rule a line through each pair of dots as shown. Did you make them close enough for your 30cm (12”) ruler to reach? ;-)

Note: The lines go all the way to the bottom of the sail, although they are a little faint in parts of the photo.



Draw Horizontal Guide Lines

The Paper Delta kite - line drawn out to sides.Line drawn out to sides
  • Mark a dot on the center-line 16cm (6 5/16”) from the nose end.
  • Using your ruler, draw a horizontal line through the dot and out to each side of the sail shape. Take care to keep the line parallel to the horizontal join-line of the sail.



 

The Paper Delta kite - dots marked above and below the line.Dots marked above and below the line
  • Mark dots, 0.8cm (5/16”) away from the line near the paper edge, above and below where the guide-lines cross. See the photo.
  • Also mark dots 1.1cm (7/16”) away from the line in the middle of the sail.



 

The Paper Delta kite - spar guide-lines drawn through all the dots.Spar guide-lines drawn through all the dots
  • Using your ruler, draw lines through all the dots as shown in the photo.


The Vertical Spar

Measure Rectangles

The Paper Delta kite - measured and dots marked.Measured and dots marked
  • Measure, and mark dots where indicated in the photo. It will be helpful to lightly rule some long horizontal lines first, at the indicated intervals.

Note: The distances to the edges of the paper don't matter. Just measure as indicated, from bottom left.



Draw Lines

The Paper Delta kite - lines drawn between dots.Lines drawn between dots
  • Using your pen and ruler, connect the dots as shown.  


Tape Over

The Paper Delta kite - rectangles taped.Rectangles taped
  • Lay strips of sticky tape over the rectangles as illustrated in the photo.
  • The strips of tape can overlap slightly and should cover the rectangles completely. That's all that matters, so don't fuss over the detail!



Cut Out

The Paper Delta kite - rectangles cut out.Rectangles cut out
  • Cut out the rectangles, which will be totally covered in tape on one side. Some curl is OK, as you can see in the photo above.


Stick Together

The Paper Delta kite - shorter rectangles butt-joined.shorter rectangles butt-joined
  • Lay down the 2 widest rectangles with taped sides facing the floor, butted together as shown at the bottom of the photo. The one on the left is 22cm (8 5/8“) while the shorter one is 14cm (5 1/2”).
  • Similarly, lay down the 2 next-widest rectangles together. The one on the left is also 22cm (8 5/8“) while the shorter one is 6cm (2 3/8”).
  • Lay tape across each join as shown, before wrapping the overhanging tape around to the other side. 

Note: Use a ruler or other long straight edge to verify the rectangles are perfectly lined up before applying the tape!



 

The Paper Delta kite - shorter piece goes on top then taped at each end.Shorter piece goes on top then taped at each end
  • Still keeping the tape-covered sides facing down, place the shorter butt-joined piece on top of the other butt-joined piece. The shorter one is slightly narrower, so try to center it over the wider piece.
  • Align the 2 pieces at the right-hand end and put a short strip of tape around to hold them there. There should now be 8cm (3 1/8”) between the edges at the other end.
  • Tack the free end of the over-lying piece down with a piece of sticky tape as indicated in the photo.


 

The Paper Delta kite - last rectangle goes on top.Last rectangle goes on top
  • The remaining rectangle is thinner again. Position taped-side-down and center the long edges, before tacking in place with squares of tape as shown. This time the distance from the end at left should be 12cm (4 3/4”). See the photo.


Encase In Tape

The Paper Delta kite - tape laid down over one long edge.Tape laid down over one long edge
  • Lay a strip of sticky tape the full length of the layered piece. Leave half the width overhanging, as indicated in the photo.


 

The Paper Delta  kite - tape folded around a long edge.Tape folded around a long edge
  • Fold the overhanging tape around so it sticks to the other side. Doing it all at once with 1 strip of tape can be tricky, so consider using 2 or 3 strips of tape instead. A little bit of overlap is OK.


 

The Paper Sode kite - tape laid and folded around other long edge.Tape laid and folded around other long edge
  • In the same way, cover the other edge of the paper with tape and fold around. The 3 layers of paper should now feel like 1 solid piece.
  • Trim off any excess folded tape at either end, with scissors.




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.



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