How To Make A Paper Diamond Kite

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The MBK Paper Diamond


Attaching Bridle Lines

Make Holes

The Paper Diamond kite - where the bridle holes go.Where the bridle holes go
  • Flip the kite over so the vertical spar is facing up.
  • Measure and make marks at the positions shown in the photo.
  • Using the corner of a scissor tip, penetrate the tape and paper where the black circles are in the photo.



Attach Upper Line

The Paper Diamond kite - upper line secured with tape.Upper line secured with tape
  • Measure 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.



Attach Lower Line

The Paper Diamond kite - lower line secured with tape.Lower line secured with tape
  • Measure and snip off a 60cm (24”) length of polyester thread.
  • As 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.



Adjust Bridle Lines

The Paper Diamond kite - bridle lines adjusted.Bridle lines adjusted
  • Bring all 4 pieces of thread together between finger and thumb.
  • Suspend the kite off the floor with as little thread as possible coming out the top of your hand.
  • Adjust so the upper bridle lines are at right-angles (90 degrees) to the vertical spar, when viewed from the side.
  • Double-check 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...

The Paper Diamond kite - edge tacked all along.Edge tacked all along

 


The Tail

3 Sheets To Start

The Paper Diamond kite - 3 sheets of paper taped together.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 again.



Measuring And Marking

The Paper Diamond kite - tail area measured and drawn.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!



 

The Paper Diamond kite - tail streamers marked out.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 photo.
  • There should be 18 thin rectangles marked out.

 Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...

The Paper Diamond kite - line drawn across 6 streamers.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.


Cutting

The Paper Diamond kite - tail area cut into 3 smaller rectangles.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.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - rectangles taped together end to end.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.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - rectangles cut into streamers – stage 1!Rectangles cut into streamers – stage 1!
  • Now cut the streamers with scissors – all the way up to the line going across. See the photo.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - streamers split into 2 for 2/3 of the length – stage 2.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 streamers.


Attaching To Sail

The Paper Diamond kite - tail taped to rear side of sail.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 photo.


 

The Paper Diamond kite - tail taped on front side of sail.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!


Flying!

The MBK Paper Diamond kite in flight.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 to fly.

Avoid flying in very windy weather. The thread should be good to around 35kph but there are no guarantees beyond that.


Trimming

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!




 



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