MBK Paper Diamond
MBK Paper Diamond
These instructions take you step-by-step through making a small but high-flying Diamond 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 Diamond Kite...
Tack Paper Sheets Together
3 sheets of paper tacked together
Orient the top 2 sheets so each one is taller
than it is wide. Orient the bottom sheet the other way. Also, put a
crease up the middle of the bottom sheet so you can center it
easily, against the other 2 sheets. The paper color(s) are up to
- Bring the sheets of paper together and tack
in place with short strips of sticky tape. Yellow lines show where
the tape goes.
Measure On One Side
Sail corners measured and marked
measuring from the point where all 3 sheets of paper meet – the
second dot from the bottom, in the photo.
- Using a
pencil, make dark 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
Fold Along The Center-Line
Paper sheets folded
3 sheets along the center-line, leaving the dots on the outside.
A small dot on the red paper is just visible in the photo, near the
top right-hand edge.
the paper up against a window while there is some light outside.
the dot that is near the edge onto the unmarked
What if the paper is too dark to see through? 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
Lines drawn between dots
the paper and lay it down.
pencil and ruler, connect the dots as shown in the photo.
The lines in the photo are enhanced so you can see them easier.
Tape laid down
sticky tape as indicated by the yellow rectangles in the photo. The
ruled lines haven't
been enhanced in this photo!
Cut Sail Shape
Sail cut out
scissors, cut all around the sail shape. There it is in the photo.
Draw 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, 0.5cm (3/16”) from the line. See
the photo on the left up there.
- Similarly,make a pair of dots near the middle
of the center-line and also near the bottom end of the
center-line. The photo on the right shows all 3 pairs of
Both guide lines drawn
Rule 2 straight lines through all the dots as
shown. The dots in the middle are handy if you only have a standard
30cm (12”) ruler!
Note: The camera flash has made the lines
faint in the middle of the photo above.
Horizontal Guide Lines
Lines drawn out to tips
sail over and, if it isn't there already, mark a dot on the
center-line 10cm (4”) from the nose end.
your ruler, draw a line from the dot out to each side tip of the
If you have a longer ruler, just draw a line all the way from one tip
to the other!
Left side - dots marked above and below the line
dots, 3mm (1/8”) away from the line near the paper corner and 9mm
(3/8”) away from the line near the sticky tape. Refer to the photo
where the dots have been highlighted in yellow, on the left hand
side of the paper.
- Do the
same on the right hand side of the paper.
Only the distance away from the line
needs to be accurate – the distances from the middle and from the
corners can be done by eye from the photo.
Spar guide-lines drawn through all the dots
your ruler, draw lines through all the dots as shown in the photo.
Measured and dots marked
and mark dots where indicated by the yellow dots in the photo.
The distances to the edges of the paper don't matter. Just measure as
Lines drawn between dots
Using your ruler, connect the dots as shown.
- 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.
Rectangles cut out
- Cut out the rectangles, which will be totally
covered in tape on one side. Some curl is OK – in fact I used tape
to get the rectangles sitting flat for the photo above.
Widest rectangles with taped sides touching, before folding tape around end
- Lay down the 2 widest rectangles on
top of each other, with the taped sides touching.
- Stick the rectangles together at one end by
wrapping a short piece of tape around, as in the photo. This ensures
that the rectangles will be perfectly straight when opened out...
How to tape rectangles after opened out
- Open out the rectangles, with the taped sides
- Place a piece of sticky tape across the join
as in the photo. The tape should be about as long as 2 widths of the
- Fold the overhanging bits of tape around and
Next rectangle positioned and taped down
- You have a short and a long rectangle
remaining. Position the longer rectangle, taped side down,
so one end is 5cm (2”) in from the end of the joined rectangles.
- Tack both ends of the over-lying rectangle
down with squares of sticky tape. See the yellow squares in the
Smallest rectangle positioned and taped down
- It's the same process again, with the
remaining rectangle. Position taped-side-down, before tacking in
place with squares of tape as shown. This time the distance from the
end should be 7.5cm (3”). See the photo.
Encase In Tape
Tape laid down over one long edge
- Lay a strip of sticky tape the full length of
the paper, leaving half the width overhanging.
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.
Tape laid and folded around other long edge
- In the same way, cover the other half
of the paper with tape and fold around. The 3 layers of paper should
now be almost completely covered in sticky tape on both sides, from
end to end.
- 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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