MBK Paper Sled
MBK Paper Sled
These instructions take you step-by-step through making a small but
high-flying Sled 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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Every kite in every MBK series.
How To Make A Paper Sled Kite...
Tack Paper Sheets Together
4 sheets of paper tacked together
Bring 4 sheets of paper together and tack in
place with short strips of sticky tape. Yellow lines show where the
- Orient each sheet so the long sides
are at top and bottom, as can be seen in the photo. The paper colors
are up to you!
Measure On One Side
Sail corners measured and marked
pencil, make dark dots on the paper, according to the measurements
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.
A small dot on the yellow paper is visible in the photo.
the paper up against a window while there is some light outside.
the 3 dots that are not
on the center-line onto the unmarked
What if the paper is too dark to see through? Just poke a hole
through a dot with a needle so you can see where to put a dot on the
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.
Along the top 4 lines, overlap the line so most
of the tape is inside
the sail shape.
Sail cut out
scissors, cut all around the sail shape. There it is in the photo.
the paper over and lay it down so all the tape is hidden.
Bridle line centered and stuck down
and snip off a 2 meter (7 feet) length of polyester thread.
- Find the
of the thread and place it over the center-line of the sail.
the thread across the corners of the sail as in the photo. Stick
down three 5cm (2”) strips of sticky tape as indicated in yellow.
sure the thread is as straight
as possible while the paper remains flat.
the corners of tape overhang,
fold around to the other side of the paper.
And Tie Line
Bridle line adjusted
- Flip the
sail so the taped thread is against the floor.
- With the
sail flat on the floor, bring both ends of the thread up above the
center of the sail, and pinch them between finger and thumb.
until both side tips of the sail move at the same time, when you
pull the slack out of the thread.
Bridle lines tied
treat the thread as 2 separate lines now, since that's what it looks
like from the front...
- Tie the
free ends of the lines together, with a Multi-Strand
2 sheets taped
- Bring 2
sheets of paper together, at the shorter ends.
straight across on one side, as indicated by the yellow rectangle in
Neasured and dots marked.
and mark dots where indicated by the yellow dots in the photo.
If you have a longer ruler than the standard 30cm (12”), you might
be able to skip those 4 dots in the middle!
Lines drawn between dots
- Using your ruler, connect the dots as shown.
The lines have been edited to make them easier to see in the photo.
Note: The 2 rectangles are away from the
paper's edge in preparation for the next step...
- Lay strips of sticky tape over the 2
rectangles as illustrated in the photo.
- The strips of tape can overlap slightly and
should cover the rectangles completely.
Rectangles cut out
Cut out the 2 rectangles, which will be totally
covered in tape on one side. A little bit of curl is OK.
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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