How To Make A Paper Sode Kite

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The MBK Paper Sode

Learn how to make a Paper Sode kite with these easy-to-follow instructions. Fully illustrated with close-up photographs, every step of the way.

The MBK Paper Sode kite in flight.MBK Paper Sode
The MBK Paper Sode kite in flight.MBK Paper Sode

These instructions take you step-by-step through making a small but high-flying Sode 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 Sode Kite...
The Sail

Tack Paper Sheets Together

The Paper Sode kite - 3 sheets of paper tacked together, yellow lines indicate sticky tape.3 sheets of paper tacked together, yellow lines indicate sticky tape
  • Orient the 3 sheets as shown. It's easy to line up the bottom sheet if you put a crease down the middle by folding it in half. 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

The Paper Sode kite - sail corners measured and marked.Sail corners measured and marked
  • Start measuring from the point where all 3 sheets of paper meet – the lower one of the 2 central dots in the photo.
  • Using a pen, 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 center-line.


Fold Along The Center-Line

The Paper Sode kite - paper sheets folded.Paper sheets folded
  • Fold the 3 sheets along the center-line, leaving the dots on the outside.
  • Place the paper up against a window while there is some light outside.
  • Trace the dots that are not on the center-line, onto the unmarked side. Some of them are just visible in the photo above.

Note: 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

The Paper Sode kite - lines drawn between dots.Lines drawn between dots
  • Unfold the paper and lay it down.
  • Using a pencil and ruler, connect the dots as shown in the photo.

Note1: The lines in the photo are enhanced so you can see them easier.

Note2: 2 of the dots on the center-line are not connected by any line.



Apply Tape

The Paper Sode kite - tape laid down.Tape laid down
  • Apply sticky tape as indicated in the photo. The ruled lines haven't been enhanced in this photo!



Cut Sail Shape

The Paper Sode kite - sail cut out.Sail cut out
  • With scissors, cut all around the sail shape. There it is in the photo.


Draw Vertical Guide Lines

The Paper Sode kite - dots drawn for 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, 0.8cm (1/4”) from the line. See the photo on the left up there.
  • In the same way, make pairs of dots near the middle and bottom of the center-line of the sail. See the photo on the right.


 

The Paper Sode kite - all vertical guide lines drawn.All vertical guide lines drawn
  • Rule 2 straight lines through all the dots as shown.


Draw Horizontal Guide Lines

The Paper Sode kite - left-top of sail – 2 dots marked.Left-top of sail – 2 dots marked
  • Flip the sail over and mark 2 dots where indicated by the arrows in the photo. Note how the dot on the right just misses the sticky tape which runs down the middle of the sail. 
  • Do the same on the right hand side of the paper, like a mirror-image.

Note: Only the arrow distances need to be accurate – the distances from the middle and from the sides can be done by eye from the photo.



 

The Paper Sode kite - left-middle of sail – 2 dots marked.Left-middle of sail – 2 dots marked
  • Mark another 2 dots where indicated by the arrows in the photo. Again, note how the dot on the right just misses the sticky tape.
  • As before, do the same on the right hand side of the paper, like a mirror-image.



 

The Paper Sode kite - bottom of sail – 2 dots marked.Bottom of sail – 2 dots marked
  • Mark another 2 dots where indicated by the arrows in the photo. It doesn't matter how close the dots are to the side – just eye-ball it from the photo.


 

The Paper Sode kite - spar guide-lines drawn through all the dots.Spar guide-lines drawn through all the dots
  • Using your ruler, draw 5 lines through all the dots as shown.


The Vertical Spar

Measure Rectangles

The Paper Sode kite - measured and dots marked.Measured and dots marked
  • Measure, and mark dots where indicated in the photo. It will be helpful to rule some long horizontal lines first, at the indicated intervals.

Note: The distances to the edges of the paper don't matter. Just measure as indicated, from bottom left.



Draw Lines

The Paper Sode kite - lines drawn between dots.Lines drawn between dots
  • Using your pen and ruler, connect the dots as shown.  


Tape Over

The Paper Sode kite - rectangles taped.Rectangles taped
  • Lay strips of sticky tape over the rectangles as illustrated in the photo.
  • The strips of tape can overlap slightly and should cover the rectangles completely.


Cut Out

The Paper Sode kite - rectangles cut out.Rectangles cut out
  • Cut out the rectangles, which will be totally covered in tape on one side. Some curl is OK, as you can see in the photo above.


Stick Together

The Paper Sode kite - 4 widest rectangles butt-joined.4 widest rectangles butt-joined
  • Lay down the 4 widest rectangles with taped sides facing the floor, butted together as shown. At top-left is the 17cm (6 3/4”) rectangle, at top-right is the 26cm (10 1/4”) rectangle of matching width. At bottom-left is the other 26cm (10 1/4”) rectangle and at bottom-right is the 20cm (8”) rectangle.
  • Lay tape across each join as shown, before wrapping the overhanging tape around to the other side.

Note: Use a ruler to verify the rectangles are perfectly lined up before applying the tape!



 

The Paper Sode kite - shorter piece goes on top then taped at each end.Shorter piece goes on top then taped at each end
  • Still keeping the taped sides facing down, place the shorter butt-joined piece on top. It's slightly narrower, so try to center it over the wider piece.
  • Align the 2 pieces at the right-hand end and put a short strip of tape around to hold them there. There should now be 3cm (1 1/8”) between the edges at the other end.
  • Tack the free end of the over-lying piece down with a square of sticky tape as indicated in the photo.


 

The Paper Sode kite - last rectangle goes on top.Last rectangle goes on top
  • The remaining rectangle is thinner again. Position taped-side-down and centered, before tacking in place with squares of tape as shown. This time the distance from the end at left should be 5cm (2”). See the photo.


Encase In Tape

The Paper Sode 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 the paper, leaving half the width overhanging.


 

The Paper Sode kite - tape folded around a long edge.Tape folded around a long edge
  • Fold the overhanging tape around so it sticks to the other side. Doing it all at once with 1 strip of tape can be tricky, so consider using 2 or 3 strips of tape instead. A little bit of overlap is OK.


 

The Paper Sode kite - tape laid and folded around other long edge.Tape laid and folded around other long edge
  • In the same way, cover the other edge of the paper with tape and fold around. The 3 layers of paper should now feel like 1 solid piece.
  • Trim off any excess folded tape at either end, with scissors.




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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