"Swimming" Mini Carp Streamers

Colorful mini carp streamers that are simple to make. Children's day is a national holiday in Japan held on the 5th of May to show appreciation for children, and to celebrate their happiness and the togetherness of family. Colorful carp streamers are hung to represent the father, mother, and children of a family, and can be seen swimming delightfully on the breeze.Have fun decorating children's day party items or the interior of your home!

You will need...


  • Design paper printed on A4 size paper
  • Tooth picks
  • String
  • Photos
  • Round stickers


  • Cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen or pencil, etc.

Before you start

  • ・ Make sure you have your design paper ready in advance. Use "Double-sided Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper (Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided) " printed on both sides with various patterns to make carp streamers that are even more colorful and enjoyable.
  • Don't forget, you can print design paper using the smartphone app "Epson Creative Print". If your model comes with a design paper option built in, you can print it straight from the printer.

How to

1 1. Cut the top part of a sheet of vertically oriented design paper into a strip about 3cm wide, and then fold it in half with the pattern on the inside.
2. Fold back the upper half of the previously folded piece of paper about 4cm from the end.
2 3. Fold the end into a triangle to make a fin.
4. Open it again, put some glue on the shaded portion, and glue the parts together. Perform the same steps as in 2 and 3 for the back side as well.
5. As shown in the picture, cut out a triangular portion at the end to create the tail fin. Be sure to leave about 2mm at the top and bottom uncut.
3 Draw on the face with a pen, pencil, or round sticker, etc., and your carp is ready to swim.
4 Make them in varied sizes and patterns for even more fun.

Tooth Pick Arrangements

Paint a pretty picture at your party with some carp streamer toothpicks.Open up the inside of the streamer, apply glue to the shaded portion in the center, and sandwich a toothpick between the two sides.

Let's decorate a cake at your party!

Make tall carp streamers by using bamboo skewers instead of toothpics. Skewers with pictures of your kids or speech balloons and other things provide an extra touch of cuteness, don't you think?

Make your own carp streamer mobile!

Making a mobile that flutters in the breeze will have your carp swimming through the air.Open up the inside of the streamer, apply glue to the shaded portion, and sandwich a string between the two sides.

You can make paper balls to attach to the bottom to weigh down the strings with the following steps.
1. Cut some design paper into strips, arrange 4 strips so that they overlap, and glue them together at the center as shown in the picture.
2. Make a ring out of a strip of paper. Do the same with the other three strips.
3. Poke a small hole in the center of a piece of design paper cut into a square, thread a string for the mobile through, and tie a big knot in the end so that the square does not slide off.
4. Apply some glue to the square, attach it to the center of the ball, and it's finished.

Try attaching some photos to create a unique, amusing atmosphere.

Creator Introduction

Maika Kokubo

Craft Planner. Promotes sales of stationery and other varieties of products, as well as creating craft instructions for books and websites.
Organizes small art classes called "Otona no zuga kosaku" (art lessons for adults), as well as a number of large workshop events at commercial facilities making use of her experiences of working at a theme park for kids. Provides instructions and an experience that everyone can enjoy.
An organizer for the Monozukuri project "Kufu no Tamago".

Printing Design Paper

You can choose from 20 pre-installed design paper patterns on the printer.

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For printing photos

You can print photos easily using the smartphone app "Epson iPrint".

Epson iPrint

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For printing design paper and photo collages

Epson Creative Print

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