Easy to construct, easy to fly, the diamond kite — two sticks crossed and certain collectively, lined by a diamond-shaped piece of paper — is probably the most acknowledged kite form within the Western world. A woodcut image from the 1600s is the oldest recognized reference to the diamond kite. And all it requires is a few sticks, some newspaper and string.
Now, are you prepared for an replace? This 21st-century diamond kite is made solely from newspaper, even the sticks.
Sharpen the crease down the center of a double-page sheet of newspaper after which open it. With your pencil, make a dot a couple of finger-width from the highest of the web page.
Measure 4 and three-quarter inches straight down from the dot and mark the spot. From that spot, measure 9 and a half inches out to every aspect, once more marking the spots. Going again to the center dot, measure 14 and 1 / 4 inches down from it and mark the spot.
Use a ruler to attract straight strains between the dots to create a diamond define. Lay tape over the strains, centering the sides of the tape over the strains.
Cut out the diamond form with scissors. This will depart half the width of the tape throughout the sides of the newspaper diamond. The tape produces a neat edge and helps keep away from tearing whereas in flight.
Now make the spars (a flowery title for the sticks!)
Lay down the diamond-shaped sail over one other sheet of newspaper and make a replica sail form. No must tape the sides as you’ll make this diamond right into a spar.
Roll the newspaper across the skewer from one aspect to the opposite throughout the width of the kite. After a couple of turns, take away the skewer and proceed rolling as tightly as attainable. Once you have got completed rolling, safe the free aspect level to the roll with a one-inch piece of tape, so the paper can’t unravel. This can be your vertical spar on the kite.
On a brand new double-page sheet of newspaper mark out a sq., 13⅜ inches by 13⅜ inches, utilizing a pen and ruler. Cut out the sq. and roll the newspaper diagonally from nook to nook across the skewer as you probably did in Step 6. The ensuing spar ought to be about 19 inches lengthy and can be your horizontal spar on the kite. Add tape to safe.
Using one other sheet of newspaper, rule strains parallel horizontally throughout it one-and-a-quarter inches aside. Place tape alongside the total size of the strains. This helps strengthen the tail when the kite is in flight.
Cut alongside the strains with scissors and be part of the ensuing strips end-to-end with tape on each side (you must have a minimum of 16 toes of tail strip).
Assemble the kite
One of the ends of the vertical spar can be heavier. If you place the center of the spar throughout an outstretched finger, you may really feel it simply. Place the heavy finish excessive level of the sail and the opposite finish over the underside level of the sail. Secure the ends to the sail with brief strips of tape.
Place the horizontal spar throughout the sail so one finish aligns with a aspect level of the sail. Secure the spar tip to the purpose with a brief strip of tape. Now carry the opposite finish down and align it with the opposite aspect of the sail. Secure with tape as earlier than.
Be cautious to not crush the spars the place they cross.
Place two four-inch strips of tape vertically throughout the horizontal spar half an inch on both aspect of the vertical spar. Tape to the sail, being cautious to not crush the tubes.
Take every finish of the lengthy tail ribbon and tape to both aspect of the spar on the backside of the sail. Flip the kite over and add extra tape to make a extremely safe connection. The tail may be left as a loop, or snipped in half on the backside to turn out to be two separate tails.
Attach the free finish of a roll of polyester stitching thread to a winder (you may make one out of folded up newspaper if you’d like) with a brief strip of sticky tape. Then wind on a minimum of 100 turns of thread. Snip the thread, prepared to connect that finish to the kite.
Using the skewer, punch a small gap via the sail on both sides of the vertical spar, just under the horizontal spar (get as near it as attainable). Poke the tip of the thread via the sail, across the vertical spar and again via the opposite gap within the sail. Tie off utilizing two or three half-hitch knots. Add a sq. of tape over the thread on the vertical spar to cease the thread shifting.
Now to fly!
Just to double-check, the thread comes out from one aspect of the kite whereas the spars are hooked up to the opposite aspect. All OK? If not, swap it round proper now. To put it one other method, the spars ought to be on the again of the flying kite, and the thread ought to be on the entrance.
This kite doesn’t want lots of wind to fly efficiently. If you may see leaves and small twigs shifting about within the bushes, that’s about proper. If you drop some dry leaves or filth and may’t run or jog to maintain up with it because it blows downwind, it’s too robust. Wait for lighter wind.
This kite is powerful sufficient to fly effectively in winds as much as 16 miles per hour however being solely paper, bending the spars is a danger. At least you may make new ones in only some minutes, if some kite surgical procedure is required.
Tim Parish runs My Best Kite, a web site dedicated to informing and serving to kite-flyers since 2007, and makes a speciality of creating kites from simply obtained supplies.