Where the bridle holes go
kite over so the vertical spar is facing up.
and make marks at the positions shown in the photo.
the corner of a scissor tip, penetrate the tape and paper where the
black circles are in the photo.
Attach Upper Line
Upper line secured with tape
and snip off a 50cm (20”) length of polyester thread.
- Flip the
kite over and put the thread through the 2 holes nearest the nose of
the kite. Make the length of thread equal from each hole.
- Hold the
thread in place with a short strip of tape. The photo shows the back
face of the kite, with the tape indicated as a yellow rectangle.
Lower line secured with tape
and snip off a 60cm (24”) length of polyester thread.
before, put the thread through the 2 holes and make the length equal
from each hole.
- Hold the
thread in place with a short strip of tape – indicated as a yellow
rectangle in the photo.
Bridle lines adjusted
all 4 pieces of thread together between finger and thumb.
the kite off the floor with as little thread as possible coming out
the top of your hand.
so the upper
bridle lines are at right-angles (90 degrees)
to the vertical spar, when viewed from the side.
that all lines have pulled straight before tying a Multi-Strand
Double knot close to where you gripped them all.
- Trim the
free ends to the same length, with scissors. See below...
Edge tacked all along
3 Sheets To Start
3 sheets of paper taped together
Line up the short edges of 3 sheets of
paper. Tack together with squares of tape.
- Tape along the joins, over the full width of
the paper. See the photo.
- Flip the sheets and tape over the joins
Tail area measured and drawn
Measure a width of 18cm (6 3/4”) and a
length of 80cm (32”), marking dots on the paper.
- With pencil and ruler, mark out the tail area
as in the photo.
Note: The paper areas outside the
marked lines will look a little different if you are using Letter
size paper. But it's the marked rectangle you will be using!
Tail streamers marked out
Across the width of the paper (up/down in the
photo) mark dots at an interval of 1cm (6/16”). Repeat at the
other end and also in the middle if necessary, so lines can be drawn
the full length of the large rectangle.
- Rule straight lines through the dots. See the
- There should be 18 thin rectangles marked
Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...
Line drawn across 6 streamers
- Measure and draw a line across 6 of the streamers,
4cm (1 ¾”) from the short edge of the paper. At far left in
the close-up photo.
Tail area cut into 3 smaller rectangles
With scissors, cut along 2 of the lines to
create 3 smaller rectangles as shown. Each rectangle should contain
6 narrower rectangles.
Rectangles taped together end to end
- Place the short ends together and tape on
both sides. The short line crossing the 6 streamers should remain at
an un-taped end. You can see it at top left in the photo.
Rectangles cut into streamers – stage 1!
Now cut the streamers with scissors – all
the way up to the line going across. See the photo.
Streamers split into 2 for 2/3 of the length – stage 2
Finally, cut the streamers in half by eye,
right up to the taped join that is 1/3 the way along. The top row
in the photo has 6 streamers while the rest has been split into 12
Tail taped to rear side of sail
Lay the sail down with the vertical spar
against the table-top or floor.
- Lay the un-cut end of the tail over the
sail's trailing edge, with the corners touching the edges of the
sail. See the photo. Tack in place with a short bit of tape.
- When happy with the placement, use a strip of
sticky tape all the way across. See the yellow rectangle in the
Tail taped on front side of sail
- Flip the kite over and apply sticky tape on
each side. See the photo, which also shows how a corner of each
piece of tape can be folded around to the other side.
- That's it. You're done!
Nothing to it - attach line, catch breeze
After taking the kite to a flying field... Your
flying line can be tied behind the Multi-Strand Double knot of the
bridle lines, wrapped around all the lines. That's it, you're ready
Avoid flying in very windy weather. The
thread should be good to around 35kph but there are no guarantees
If kite and bridle have been made perfectly, the
kite should not show an obvious preference for flying to the left or
right. What if the Diamond does tend to go in one direction
much more than the other? Try adding a short length of paper or scrap
of plastic to the wing-tip that is on the outside of the turn.
If the problem gets worse, you have the tail-let on the wrong tip, so
just swap it over to the other side!
If the kite seems very reluctant to climb despite
plenty of breeze, you might need to re-tie the bridle – shifting
the knot a centimeter or 2 (1/2” to 1”) towards the nose end.
Hope you enjoyed learning how to make my Paper
Diamond kite design!
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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