(Origami) How to Make Koinobori Origami

Origami – a traditional Japanese craft – can be used to make things that you can actually use in your everyday life, such as animals, plants, vehicles, airplanes that you can actually make fly, and boxes. This time, we’ll be teaching you how to make carp streamer (koinobori) origami that you can actually use as a chopstick holder!


Japanese Culture


Putting up carp streamers is a Japanese custom that started in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). It is currently done today to celebrate Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi), which occurs on May 5. On this day, things like paper or cloth are decorated with carp patterns, and carp streamers are hung on poles. This is done to pray for the safe delivery of male babies, as well as for their health.

The video actually shows you how to make carp streamer origami, as well as how to use it as a chopstick holder, so please take a look at it!


1. Fold the paper into half, crease, and lay it back (unfolded).

2. Fold it in half again (the other way).

3. Fold like shown so it touches the middle.

4. Flip it over.

5. Fold the top and bottom so they meet the middle, then lay it flat (unfolded).

6. Fold the upper right corner into a triangle. Make sure it meets the middle.

7. Fold the bottom right corner into a triangle so it meets the closest fold line.

8. Fold the top and bottom again so they meet the middle.

9. Insert the bottom part into the fold, like shown.

10. Flip it over, draw the eyes and scales, and you're done!


Origami is a craft where with just one piece of paper, you can have a lot of fun. Please try it out for yourself!

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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