How to Make a
Paper Delta Kite

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The instructions which show you how to make a paper delta kite are step-by-step and illustrated throughout by high-quality closeup photographs. But first, let me tell you a few things about this very cheap-to-make kite...

Brief Summary

  • The kite has a 52 cm (20 1/2 in.) span sail.
  • In flight, the Paper Delta flies steadily at low wind speeds then begins to swish from side to side in stronger breezes.
  • Due to its small size, this kite has a rather light pull on the flying line. Hence it may be flown by small children.
  • As an adult, you will be amazed at how high this little kite will go on polyester sewing thread! 
  • If you leave your winder attached to the kite, setup time out in the field is zero! No wasted time.

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Almost Too Much Wind!

To give you some idea of how this kite flies, here's an excerpt from a flight report done after a trip to a large open field:

"... Well, the sun was out today, but the breeze was easterly. That would be no good at the beach. A little accident with the thread and it would be goodbye kite—into the waves! And unflyable weather was on the way for the rest of the week, so it was now or never.

It was decided to try a large grassy area adjacent to a large shopping complex. There were trees surrounding the field, but they weren't too high.

Just before leaving home, a very nearby weather station was reporting 16 kph with a gust to 22 kph. Perfect! The day was warming up though, and thermals were beginning to develop.

Predictably, being inland, several attempts to fly on a short line resulted in fairly short flights. They were less than 30 seconds each, most probably. This was despite moving to the middle of the field to escape wind shadow from the trees. But plenty of photos were taken from various angles.

The next step was to let out more thread and get some higher-flying shots. At the same time, I moved upwind to allow more space downwind in case the thread broke. You can't be too careful in that respect; I've lost a couple of paper-kite prototypes that way!

The bridle setting seemed to be keeping the kite a little low. So I shortened the rear bridle line by tying a tiny loop knot into it and tried again. Maybe it was a smidge too far back, but the little black delta certainly went higher than before.

The strongest gusts were now causing some distortion in the kite frame and a fair amount of looping around. But everything held. Some video was taken, and then some more, after I had brought the delta down much lower.

On arriving home I checked the weather station again. It had been blowing 22 kph with a gust to 26 kph around the time I left the field. So, the black Paper Delta had flown through pretty much the whole of its designed wind range."

More About Paper Kites

From the summary up there, you already know a bit about a typical MBK Paper Series kite. But also:

  • Despite this being a "sticked" design, there no sticks to find or buy! Instead, you are shown a neat trick on how to make stiff and light spars from just paper and tape.
  • The kite takes up very little space in your home. Just stow it on a shelf or on top of a cupboard, with the winder underneath the kite.
  • You can make your own winder too, from just copier paper and sticky tape. Ordinary polyester sewing thread can be wound on. This kite will easily fly to 300 feet above the ground on 400 feet of line, in ideal conditions.
  • Paper. Tape. Thread. That's the complete materials list for this high-flying sparred kite and its winder with line. Talk about convenient :-) You've probably got all that lying around the house somewhere!

"Making the MBK Paper Delta"

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Knowing how to make a paper delta kite is just a few minutes away now. You could have it in the air before the sun goes down. OK, maybe by lunch time tomorrow :-)  You'll find it's a really fun little kite. To make and to fly.

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