How To Make A Paper Diamond Kite

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The MBK Paper Diamond


The Horizontal Spars

Measure Shapes

The Paper Diamond kite - measured and dots marked.Measured and dots marked
  • The bottom of the photo above is a short edge of the paper.
  • Measure, and mark dots where indicated by the yellow dots in the photo.


Note: Keep the dots within half the area of the paper. You can crease the paper in the middle, open out and then keep the dots on one side of the crease.



Draw Lines

The Paper Diamond kite - lines drawn between dots.Lines drawn between dots
  • Using your ruler, connect the dots as shown. As you can see in the photo, you don't need a line drawn across the middle of each shape.    



Duplicate Shapes

The Paper Diamond kite - the 3 shapes duplicated.The 3 shapes duplicated
  • Fold down the unmarked half of the paper.
  • Trace dots at the positions of the shape corners. Up against a window works well, with sunshine lighting up both thicknesses of paper from behind.
  • Tear the paper in half along the crease.
  • Rule lines between the corner dots. There's the original and the copy in the photo.

Note: If you have trouble tracing due to dark paper or insufficient light... With a needle, poke holes through the 2 sheets of paper, at the corners of the shapes. Be careful not to let them shift! Then, after tearing the paper in half, rule lines between the pin-holes on the blank sheet.



Tape Over

The Paper Diamond kite - shapes taped.Shapes taped
  • Lay strips of sticky tape over the spar shapes as illustrated in the photo.
  • The strips of tape can overlap slightly and should cover the shapes completely. That's the only requirement!



Cut Out

The Paper Diamond kite - shapes cut out.Shapes cut out
  • Cut out the shapes, which will be totally covered in tape on one side. A little bit of curl is OK.


Stick Together

The Paper Diamond kite - longest and mid-sized shapes stuck together.Longest and mid-sized shapes stuck together
  • Lay down both the longest shapes with the taped sides facing down.
  • Lay a mid-sized shape over the top of each longer shape, also with the taped sides facing down.
  • Line up the wide ends exactly, shift the top shape up or down to center it over the lower shape then stick in place with tape. Also tack down the narrower end with a square of tape as shown in the photo.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - shortest shapes added.Shortest shapes added
  • Now line up the remaining shapes, taped sides down. Use sticky tape at both ends as before. See the yellow lines in 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 one spar, leaving half the width overhanging.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - tape folded around long edge.Tape folded around long edge
  • Fold the overhanging tape around so it sticks to the other side.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - tape laid and folded around both long edges of both spars, before ends trimmed.Tape laid and folded around both long edges of both spars, before ends trimmed
  • In the same way, wrap tape around the 3 remaining long edges, so both spars are almost completely encased in sticky tape.
  • Using scissors, trim any overhanging tape from the short edges of the paper spars.



Dihedral Cut-Outs

The Paper Diamond kite - measured and lines drawn, on 1 spar.Measured and lines drawn, on 1 spar
  • Take a paper spar and fold in half near the wide end. Create a crease line near the edge.
  • Carefully measure 0.3cm (1/8”) along the crease from the edge, and make a small dot.
  • Draw lines from the corners to the dot, as shown in the photo.
  • Measure and draw lines on the other spar in the same way.

Note: A thin gray line has been added to show where the crease is.



 

The Paper Diamond kite - cutouts done on both spars.Cutouts done on both spars
  • Using scissors, cut along the 2 ruled lines on both spars to remove the wedges of paper layers. See the 2 spars in the photo.


Attaching Vertical Spar To Sail

Tape One Edge

The Paper Diamond kite - one edge taped, before trimming ends.One edge taped, before trimming ends
  • Take the longest paper spar – the vertical spar - and lay it down, aligned with one of the guide lines as shown. The shortest length of single-thickness should be at the nose end of the sail. At the left in the photo. The shorter layers of paper should be underneath, out of sight.
  • Tack in place with squares of sticky tape – at least 1 in the middle and 1 near each end.
  • All good? Now lay a strip of tape down the whole length, as indicated by the yellow rectangle in the photo.
  • Trim off overhanging bits of tape and paper with a single scissor-snip at each end.



Tape Other Edge

The Paper Diamond kite - edge tacked at one end.Edge tacked at one end
  • Flip the paper spar across and flatten it down, so the second guide line becomes visible.
  • Go to one end and pull the free edge of the rectangle across so it lines up with the second guide line. Tack it down with a short strip of tape, as indicated in yellow, in the photo. See how the second guide line is just visible, towards the right in the photo.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - edge taped the rest of the way, before ends trimmed.Edge taped the rest of the way, before ends trimmed
  • Using somewhat longer lengths of tape, tack down more and more of the spar, making sure the edge lines up with the second guide-line. Go all the way across to the nose end of the sail as shown in the photo. The tape strips can overlap a little – but don't leave any gaps.
  • At each end, trim off any overhanging bits of paper and tape, with scissors.

Note: It's just too tricky to tape it all down in one go!



Shape The Spar

The Paper Diamond kite - pinching started at one end.Pinching started at one end
  • Go to one end of the spar and carefully pinch it between finger and thumb, as in the photo. The aim is to get a crease right in the middle.

Note: The spar won't crease sharp because of all the sticky tape, but pinch firmly anyway.



 

The Paper Diamond kite - V-shape formed, all the way along.V-shape formed, all the way along
  • Work your way along the spar, pinching tightly all the way. I like to use both hands at once, close together.
  • Go all the way along and then back again, so nothing is missed. You have created a spar that is stiff enough to do the job required of it! See the photo.


Attaching Horizontal Spars To Sail

Bear in mind that most of the steps below are more easily done on a table-top. With the vertical spar up against one edge of the table-top. To keep the bit you are working on flat!



Tape One Edge

The Paper Diamond kite - one edge taped.One edge taped
  • Take one of the paper spars and align it with the upper guide line as shown. The layering of paper should be out of sight on the underside. One corner of the wider end should be touching the center-line of the kite sail, also as shown in the photo.
  • Tack in place with squares of sticky tape – 1 in the middle and 1 near each end.
  • All good? Now lay a strip of tape down the whole length, as indicated by the yellow lines in the photo.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - tape and paper trimmed.Tape and paper trimmed
  • Trim off overhanging bits of tape and paper with 2 scissor-snips.


Tape Other Edge

The Paper Diamond kite - edge tacked at one end.Edge tacked at one end
  • Go to the corner of the sail and pull the free edge of the spar back towards the taped edge so the lower guide line becomes visible.
  • Tack the edge down with a short strip of tape, as indicated in yellow, in the photo. See how the lower guide line is visible, near the corner of the sail.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - edge taped all along.Edge taped all along
  • Using somewhat longer lengths of tape, tack down more and more of the spar, making sure the edge lines up with the lower guide-line. Go all the way across to the center-line of the sail as shown in the photo. The tape strips can overlap a little – but don't leave any gaps.


Shape The Spar

The Paper Diamond kite - pinching started at one end.Pinching started at one end
  • Go to one end of the spar and carefully pinch it between finger and thumb, as in the photo. Just like the vertical spar, the aim is to get a crease right in the middle.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - V-shape formed, all the way along.V-shape formed, all the way along
  • Work your way along the spar, pinching tightly all the way. I like to use both hands at once, close together.
  • Go all the way along and then back again, so nothing is missed. See the photo.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - both horizontal spars in place and shaped.Both horizontal spars in place and shaped
  • Now tape the other horizontal spar in place. Again, the wider end of the spar lines up with the center-line of the sail.
  • Shape the spar by pinching, as you did for the first one. There they both are, in the photo.


Connect Spars

The Paper Diamond kite - spars secured together with 3 pieces of tape.Spars secured together with 3 pieces of tape
  • By folding the sail along the center-line, butt the 2 horizontal spars together in the middle.
  • Stick a 5cm (2”) piece of sticky tape across the upper face and another one across the lower face, to hold the spars together.
  • Stick a 7cm (3”) length of sticky tape over the top and down onto the sail above and below the spars. See the yellow lines on the photo.



Consider using my e-book Making Paper Kites to try any of the 5 all-paper designs in there. Hi-res, close-up photos help you through.


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