How to Attach Kite Tails

Blue Kite Tail

Kite Tails are a quick way to add color and size to your kite and can make a child’s art work even more dramatic.

Kite tails add stability to your kite in stronger winds by adding drag to the kite, making it fly better. In light winds your kite will need less tail or maybe no tail at all.

Adding Kite Tails

Tails should be added to the kite symmetrically – that is balanced on both sides of the kite, such as one long tail in the middle, two tails of even length on each side of the kite, or a single tail looped from one side of the kite to the other. You can add additional loops – loops can also be attached to other loops adding even more drag. Attach the tail to the kite with tape.

How Much to Add

3 to 8 times the length of the kite can be used as a guide for how much tail to add, but the only real way to know is to try. Remember: more tail = more weight = more drag. Too much drag and your kite will not fly. Surveyor ribbon tape is lightweight and an easy way to add colorful long tails to your kite.