Carp Streamers Decoration

Carp streamers called "Koinobori" in Japan - Magoi (father), Higoi (mother) and Kogoi (child), are symbol of family and are flown above the roofs of houses. Let's make carp streamers in your home!
Carp Streamers Garland can be easily made indoors and you can decorate with your family photos together! Moreover, even if the Koinobori season ends, if turn over the carp garland... You can use whole year!

You will need...


  • Design paper (A4)
  • Photo (Postcard size photo which cut a little is used in this procedure)


  • Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • String
  • Black pen
  • Wooden clothespins

Before you start

  • ・Print the design paper in advance.
  • ・You can print the design paper from your printer . The smartphone app "Epson Creative Print" is highly recommended to print a lot more of the patterns.

How to

1 Fold A4 sized design paper in three.
2 Cut as figure below. Please keep part A for later use.
You can create various sizes of carp streamers by changing the folding width or cutting size.
3 Draw a circle by tracing around 3cm round shaped things on the white paper, and then cut out the circle from the piled three papers. Draw an eyeball with a black pen and paste the eye and part A with glue.
Mechanical pencil:KOKUYO Co.,Ltd. Enpitsu Mechanical Pencil
4 Fold the A4-sized design paper in half and leave about 2.5cm from left and right sides of the photo that you insert later, and then cut off the extra part.
5 Place the photo to draw a line and cut 1cm inside from the line to make a photo frame. Make cut along the dotted line as figure so that you can insert the photo from the back side, and then apply glue on the diagonal stripes parts shown in the figure.
Cutter : KOKUYO Co.,Ltd. FLANE
6 Put a string between the design papers and fold it in half to paste them together, and then cut the lower part into your desired shape.
Scissors:KOKUYO Co.,Ltd. Aero fit SAXA
7 Insert the photo from the cut of back side.
8 Fasten the carp streams to the string with wooden clothespins etc.


It is also pretty that you hang carp streamers decoration vertically.


Even after season you can enjoy it as a garland for a long time by turning over the carp streamers.

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