These aren’t for hanging high above your home, but you can certainly wave them around and watch the pretty colours fly!
This DIY is very kid friendly. If you have a son or two, why not celebrate Boy’s day with them and make some? Here’s what you need:
String or yarn can be used instead of twine.
If you do plan to wave these around like a madman/boy, I suggest using hot glue gun for steps 8 and 9.
2 Leaving a 5cm gap, place another strip of double sided tape around the roll and repeat with the semi circles. The colour order doesn’t matter much, just do what you think looks good. You will have to overlap a fair bit and not all the ends will be taped down. Leave them. The next layer should cover them.
3 Repeat all the way to the top, making sure you finish with the tape and half circles around the very top of the roll. This is the head. At this point if there are any half circles that are still sticking up, use double sided tape to stick them down.
4 Cut out a circle with white paper (approx. 1 inch in diameter) then use a black marker to draw a large circle inside for the eye. Use double sided tape to stick onto the side of the head.
6 Trim any ends if necessary so they’re about the same length. Repeat steps 1-6 to make two more carp.
7 Cut three pieces of twine about 7 inches long. Double knot each one onto your dowel, making sure the ends are even.
8 Place a piece of double sided tape inside the roll on the head side, opposite the eye. Starting with the top knotted twine on the dowel, secure the loose ends onto the double sided tape inside the roll. If you plan to swing this koinobori around, use hot glue instead, or place another piece of tape on top the twine.
9 Repeat on the opposite side, just behind the eye. Repeat for the next two carp.
How many carp would you have flying on your koinobori?
Enjoy waving your koinobori, and happy boy’s day!