DIY Japanese Carp Streamer

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Transform humble toilet paper tubes into these colorful Japanese carp streamers. They are fun to display in the garden or inside for parties or in the kids' room.


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In Japan, we like to fly streamers that look like carp fish. We call them Koinobori. They're typically flown on Children's Day, but at my house, we have them outside all the time. I wanted to make some myself, so here I have used toilet paper tubes and gift paper I had laying around the house. These are cute and cost next to nothing to make!


  • coloured tissue paper
  • scissors
  • toilet paper tubes
  • glue stick
  • white paper
  • black pen
  • chopstick or dowel
  • string
  • tape


  1. Cut out a circle, fold it in half and use it as a guide for your fish scales on the tissue paper.
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  3. Fold tissue paper several times, then cut out a bunch of half circles.
  4. Cut in all the colours you'd like to use. I did one carp with 3 colours, and the other with 4 colours.
  5. Start from the bottom of the fish. Begin by gluing a scale at one end of the tube, leaving some hanging off.
  6. Add another of a different colour, overlapping.
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  8. Continue working your way up.
  9. When you make it to the top, glue the edges into the lip of the tube.
  10. Now cut out several strips of tissue paper of the same colours as the fish. This will make the flowing tail.
  11. Glue the strips to the inside of the lower lip of the tube.
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  13. Cut out a white circle for each side of the fish for its eyes. Glue them on near the top of the tube on either side.
  14. Draw a black circle in the center of each eye. Continue this whole process again to make another carp.
  15. Tie a piece of string onto your chopstick or dowel for each fish.
  16. Tape the ends of the strings to the inside tops of the tubes.
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  18. Lodge the chopstick somewhere horizontally if you're hanging them inside.
  19. They flow nicely outside in the wind.
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