This classic-shaped diamond kite is the simplest of all to build. We'll show you how to make this colorful homemade kite so you can get outside and fly it!
- 1/4-in. pine dowels
- Tyvek* (aka "house wrap")
- Nylon ribbon
- Strapping tape
- Felt-tipped pens for decorating
- Basic hand tools
- One 32-in. 1/4-in. pine dowel (long strut)
- One 25-in. 1/4-in. pine dowel (short strut)
- One 33-in. x 26-in. Tyvek (kite material)
- Create a diamond-shaped template by drawing a 26 x 33 in. cross on a sheet of paper then connecting the tips. Cut out the template, tape it to the Tyvek, then cut the kite material to shape. Use felt-tipped pens to decorate the material.
- Lay the kite material face down, then position the struts in place. Use strapping tape to secure the tips of the kite material to the tips of the struts.
- Poke a small hole through the kite material where the struts intersect, feed the kite string through the hole and securely tie it to the both struts. Attach four tails of nylon ribbon to the end of the long strut.
Tips to Making a Homemade Diamond Kite
- Creating a slight curve on the two lower legs of the diamond will create more surface area for better flight.
- Bring along some extra tail material for your test flight; you may want to lengthen (or shorten) the tail to improve flight performance.
Homemade Diamond Kite Photography by Stuart Scott.