MBK Paper Rokkaku
MBK Paper Rokkaku
These instructions take you step-by-step through making a small but
high-flying Rokkaku 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 Rokkaku Kite...
Tack Paper Sheets Together
4 sheets of paper tacked together
Orient the 4 sheets as shown. 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 edges of the tape are. You'll be seeing plenty of
those yellow lines from here on!
Measure On One Side
Sail corners measured and marked
measuring from the point where all 4 sheets of paper meet – the
central dot in the photo.
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
4 sheets along the center-line, leaving the dots on the outside.
the paper up against a window while there is some light outside.
the 2 dots, seen near the right edge of the paper in the photo, onto
What if the paper is too dark to see through? Just poke a hole
through each 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, 0.3cm (1/8”) from the line. See
the photo on the left up there.
- Where the 4 pieces of paper meet, also make a
dot on each side of the center-line, but 1.1cm (7/16”) from the
- Similarly, make a pair of dots near the
bottom end of the center-line, 0.3cm (1/8”) from the line.
The photo on the right shows all 3 pairs of dots.
All vertical guide lines drawn
Rule 4 straight lines through all the dots as
shown. OK, so they are not quite vertical, strictly speaking!
Horizontal Guide Lines
Line drawn from corner to corner
sail over and rule a line all the way from one upper corner to the
other. The distance is 30cm so a standard ruler will be just long
Left top of sail - dots marked above and below the line
dots, 0.3cm (1/8”) away from the line near the paper corner and
1.1cm (7/16”) away from the line near the sticky tape. See the
- Do the
same on the right hand side
of the paper, like a mirror-image.
- Rule a
line between the lower
2 corner of the sail and do all 8 dots again. If you take a peek at
the next page it should all be clear.
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.
Measured and dots marked
bottom of the photo above is a short edge
of the paper.
and mark dots where indicated in the photo.
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. See the crease near the
top of the photo.
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.
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.
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!
Shapes cut out
Cut out the shapes, which will be totally
covered in tape on one side. A little bit of curl is OK – the ones
in the photo have been stuck down!
Note: The middle shapes have been rotated
around. In the next step you will layer each group of 3...
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.
Shortest shapes added
Now line up the remaining shapes, taped sides
down. Use sticky tape at both ends as before.
Encase In Tape
Tape laid down over one long edge
Lay a strip of sticky tape the full length of
one spar, leaving half the width overhanging.
Tape folded around long edge
Fold the overhanging tape around so it sticks
to the other side.
Tape laid and folded around both long edges of both spar pieces
In the same way, wrap tape around the 3
remaining long edges, so both spar pieces are almost
completely encased in sticky tape.
- Using scissors, trim any overhanging tape
from the short edges of the paper.
Wide End Cuts
Measured and lines drawn, on 1 spar piece
- Take a spar piece and fold in half near
the wide end. Create a crease line near the edge. It doesn't
really matter which way up the paper is.
- Carefully measure 0.4cm (3/16”) along
each long edge, and make a small dot on each edge.
- Draw lines from the dots to the end of the
crease, as shown in the photo.
- Measure and draw lines on the other
spar piece in the same way.
Note 1: A thin gray line has been added to
show where the crease is.
Note 2: A felt-tip pen will make it easier
to leave marks on the sticky tape!
Cuts done on both spar pieces
scissors, cut along the 2 ruled lines on both spar pieces. See the
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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