How to Make a Japanese Koinobori Windsock

Make a Japanese Koinobori


Here are the detailed instructions for the Koinobori craft found in our June Traveler Bramble Box.

Koinobori (Japanese Windsocks)

Koinobori means ‘carp streamer’ in Japanese. These fish shaped wind socks are traditionally flown on Children’s Day in Japan, in honor of children, for a good future and in the hope that they grow up healthy and strong.   Follow our instructions to make your own Koinobori!


Materials Required

  • Colored construction paper
  • Colored streamers
  • Black construction paper
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape (or stapler)



Gather up your supplies.

An adult assistant (or supervised child) will need to cut around 6 or 7, 10-20 inch strips of streamer. Glue streamers on one by one at bottom of paper.


You can draw a line of glue as a guide to where the streamers should go. Turn the paper over.

Cut around 25 scale shaped pieces of colored tissue paper. Glue them on in alternating layers (you can tell my six year old was finished way before his three year old sister).

Adult assistant (or supervised child) cut a one inch thick, lengthwise strip of black construction paper and two eyes. Glue in place over the top edge of scales. Tape (reinforce with staples if required) in a cylindrical shape. Poke two small holes in the sides and hang with a piece of string, outdoors where it can flutter in the wind for happiness and good health! 

 Our finished Koinobori……….

TOP TIP – Bring the Koinobori in before it rains as they will get pretty soggy! Don’t leave it out in a thunderstorm so your 3 year old cries when she finds it the next day on the wet ground.



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