How To Make A Paper Diamond Kite

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The MBK Paper Diamond

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

The MBK Paper Diamond kite in flight.MBK Paper Diamond
The MBK Paper Diamond kite in flight.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...
The Sail

Tack Paper Sheets Together

The Paper Diamond kite - 3 sheets of paper tacked 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 you!
  • 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

The Paper Diamond kite - sail corners measured and marked.Sail corners measured and marked
  • Start 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 center-line.


Fold Along The Center-Line

The Paper Diamond kite - paper sheets folded.Paper sheets folded
  • Fold the 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.
  • Place the paper up against a window while there is some light outside.
  • Trace the dot that is near the edge onto the unmarked side.

Note: 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

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

Note: The lines in the photo are enhanced so you can see them easier.



Apply Tape

The Paper Diamond kite - tape laid down.Tape laid down
  • Apply sticky tape as indicated by the yellow rectangles in the photo. The ruled lines haven't been enhanced in this photo!


Cut Sail Shape

The Paper Diamond kite - sail cut out.Sail cut out
  • With scissors, cut all around the sail shape. There it is in the photo.


Draw Vertical Guide Lines

The Paper Diamond 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, 0.5cm (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 dots.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - both guide lines drawn.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.



Draw Horizontal Guide Lines

The Paper Diamond kite - lines drawn out to tips.Lines drawn out to tips
  • Flip the sail over and, if it isn't there already, mark a dot on the center-line 10cm (4”) from the nose end.
  • Using your ruler, draw a line from the dot out to each side tip of the sail shape.

Note: If you have a longer ruler, just draw a line all the way from one tip to the other!



 

The Paper Diamond kite - left side - dots marked above and below the line.Left side - dots marked above and below the line
  • Mark 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.

Note: 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.



 

The Paper Diamond 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 Diamond kite - measured and dots marked.Measured and dots marked
  • Measure, and mark dots where indicated by the yellow dots in the photo.

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



Draw Lines

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


Tape Over

The Paper Diamond 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.


Cut Out

The Paper Diamond 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 – in fact I used tape to get the rectangles sitting flat for the photo above.


Stick Together

The Paper Diamond kite - widest rectangles with taped sides touching, before folding tape around end.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...


 

The Paper Diamond kite - how to tape rectangles after opened out.How to tape rectangles after opened out
  • Open out the rectangles, with the taped sides facing down.
  • 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 paper..
  • Fold the overhanging bits of tape around and stick firmly.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - next rectangle positioned and taped down.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 photo.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - smallest rectangle positioned and taped down.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

The Paper Diamond 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 paper, leaving half the width overhanging.


 

The Paper Diamond 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 Diamond kite - tape laid and folded around other long edge.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.

 



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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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