Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Koinobori by Chamuco's Studio...

Koinobori by Chamuco's Studio

my first ever guest DIY entry! from Efra Sanchez of Chamuco Studio

Efra and I constantly e-mail each other about DIYs, art ideas, and our love for all things "logo"... so when he told me he was in the middle of a DIY, naturally i had to see. what a great idea, and even better execution of said idea. i'll let Efra take it from here:

"Koinobori is Japanese for a flag that's shaped like a kind of fish called a carp. Every year on May 5th, Japanese families fly these flags in front of their homes to celebrate a holiday called Children's Day. That's when children thank their parents for the care they give them and parents celebrate the healthy growth of their children. The flags are shaped like carp because carp are very strong fish and can jump high out of the water. 

Japanese families fly Koinobori in front of their homes to make a wish that their children will be strong and healthy like the carp."


sketching out the Koinobori:

translation into Illustrator (then later printed onto paper):

final .pdf... ready for print!:

(for a copy of the original .pdf, please e-mail either me (here) or, Efra (here))

supplies - print out of Koinobori, glue, scissors or X-Acto knife, ruler (optional):

cut out pieces:

look out for tabs on the right side of the fish:

fold fish "cut-out" long way but don't crease:

fold tabs:

and add glue:

press together and make sure glue is dry before continuing:

glue tail:

attach purple "string" by adding glue to the inside of the mouth:

glue the bottom of the mouth opening:


most important step... hang and enjoy:

RyCo here... now tell me THAT ain't a great DIY! and what a cool idea. an awesome conversation piece wherever it's hangin'... Efra, now we're going to have to get you in contact with some nylon shops... i'm thinking some 5 to 7 footers!!! haha. great work, and thanks for letting me share on the blog! also, thanks for the detailed pics and step by step... looking forward to the next one

hope you all enjoyed!


TheFoleyFive said...

what an awesome printable!!!! just found it via oneprettything!!

Ericka said...

I love this! Thank you!

Captain Dummy said...

awesome guys, glad you like it! efra did an amazing job and was nice enough to let me share his work on the site. he's a great artist, glad his work is spreading farther on the internet!!!

Ssissimon said...

Hi, Captain Dummy!! I found your cute carp and I used it to share your art in my site. I hope that you let me do that!! If you want to see it that´s the link:

Thank you from Spain!!