2013 Koinobori Crafts

30 Apr

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This Sunday, May 5 is Boys Day/Childrens Day (Kodomo no Hi) in Japan.

Our family celebrates by:

- Displaying Koinobori (previous posts with more info HERE and HERE)

- Making a samurai hat out of newspaper (planning to post about that soon)

- Eating Okosama Lunch (previous lunch HERE. this year I plan on making fried rice, ebi-fry, korokke, and purin)

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Craft #1

Since we don’t have giant koinobori (こいのぼり) windsocks to display outdoors, I decided to make a small koinobori bunting (ガーランド) to display inside our house. I made one koi for each member of our family. This little banner reminds me how much I love my little family!

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To make your own, you will just need:

- felt

- googly eyes

- glue gun

- embroidery thread and needle

- glitter glue

- ribbon

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I don’t have a pattern… I just free-handed it. Cut out your koi shapes, glue on the eyes with a glue gun, add scales using glitter glue, and embroider if you desire and attach a ribbon for hanging. Easy! Took me less than 2 hours, not including drying time for the glue. I think mine would look better if I had rainbow colored string or ribbon to string my koinobori.

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There are so many cute koinobi garland ideas online! Here are a few that I thought were especially cute:

Origami Koi Garland from DekiruNavi (would work double-time for Cinco de Mayo too!)

- Another koinobori felt garland idea, found on Rakuten. I love the pom-poms!

- A super simple and colorful koinobori garland by maki maeda’s blog

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Craft #2

In my craft stash, I found pieces of chipboard I had purchased at a craft store (Michaels) for less than a dollar per pack awhile ago. They turned out to be the perfect shape for making koinobori! My daughter decorated hers using oil pastels.

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What crafts, food, or activities do you have up your sleeve for Kodomo No Hi (こどものひ)?  Please share (and send me photos)! Check back soon for more posts about Boys Day!

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3 Responses to “2013 Koinobori Crafts”

  1. すごい犬 May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM #

    Reblogged this on すごい犬 and commented:
    This is an awesome post about 子供の日(Boy’s Day/Children’s Day) in Japan! 読んでください。^_^

  2. Nicole May 5, 2013 at 6:57 AM #

    We eat sekihan or ohagi. This year the two youngest went to church in their kimono, and one year they made koinobori with paper and chop sticks and tape. It was about the size of a toilet paper roll. I wish I had the picture, it was a great craft for the 2/3 year old set or even beyond.

    • Hiragana Mama May 5, 2013 at 7:35 AM #

      Oh! Good ideas, maybe I’ll send my kids to church today in kimonos too. If you ever do Japanese crafts in the future, take pictures for me ;)

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