Creating a tetrahedron kite is a simple task, and one that any kite fan can do. Kite making is an enjoyable hobby that allows you to use your creativity and your own ingenuity. Kites can be created in almost any shape and size, but the materials that they are made with have everything to do with the finished product's weight, and the resistance the material has against the wind that holds it up. The shape of a tetrahedral kite allows it to be made from more rigid materials as the size of the kite increases, but you have to use the lightest materials you can find.
Making a Tetrahedron Kite
If you want to make a tetrahedron kite, first, you'll have to gather your materials to build the individual cells of the assembled kite.
- The basic pyramid shape of this kite is constructed from 4 smaller pyramids that are connected together
- Each cell has to be made the same size and weight in order for the kite to remain balanced and flyable.
- Even if you're planning on building a larger-scaled kite, you should consider building your first model (or "rough draft") out of straws, string, and lightweight paper or fabric so that you know how to go about constructing the larger model correctly the first time.
Assembling Your Kite
To continue making the tetrahedron style kite, you should start by assembling the four cells individually.
- Running the string through the center of the straws, assemble pyramid forms by connecting straw triangles at their ends until you've got a 3-dimensional form.
- Make sure to run enough string through the straw ends to allow you to tie the triangles together, but also to tie each pyramid together once all 4 cells are built.
- It's important that you don't use the flexible type of straw, but rather the straight and rigid straws you find at most eateries.
- It's also important that you make sure your triangles are tied together tightly to hold their form rigidly, but not so tightly that any of the straws bend. The bending of the straws will not allow you to assemble your kite correctly, nor will it fly straight once you do.
Making Your Triangle Patterns
Once all 4 of your cells are constructed, you'll need to cut opposing triangle patterns (two triangles that oppose each other from one end, similar to a diamond) that have tabs on them that allow you to wrap the material around the straw frame.
- You'll need one of these patterns for each cell.
- Place the pattern on one of the 3 spines of the cell, or risers, and fold it over the spine so that the material, leaving one side and the cell's bottom open, closes two of the sides of your pyramid cell.
- Wrap the material tabs around the frame of the cell, and attach the tabs to the inside of the material by using a light adhesive, or a needle and thread.
Finishing Things Off
Once you've applied your material to the cells and you've got 4 cells that are covered on two sides, you're ready to begin connecting your cells together to create your kite.
- You'll be attaching your cells together to create a large pyramid out of your small ones, with each pyramid facing the same direction so that all of the fabric sides of the kite are "pointing" the same way.
- Having one of these fabric sides pointing a different direction will keep your kite from flying at all in many cases, so line your pyramids up the same way before you connect them.
- Connect the first three cells in a triangular pattern on a flat surface, so that they sit flat and each pyramid points straight up.
- Join the cells together tightly, so that they aren't liable to fall apart once there's a force of air blowing through them.
- Once you've got the bottom 3 cells connected, attach the last cell by connecting the 3 bottom points of the pyramid to the top of each of your 3 bottom cells. Make sure that the fabric side is pointing the same way on the top one as on the bottom three.
- In the fabric side of your top cell, create a loop of string that allows you to connect your kite string by running a thread through the straw spine of the fabric side and tying it into a knot on the outside of the kite.
Then you can simply connect your kite string and you're ready to make sure your own homemade tetrahedron kite works!