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Grocery Bag Koinobori

Children's Day occurs May 5th in Japan. It is a time to celebrate the many wonderful personalities of children and to wish them well in the future. It is a part of a larger celebration in Japan known as Golden Week. We will be celebrating Children's Day with our kiddos at Root & Wild by making our own recycled materials Koinobori! We love the results and are happy to find a use for those pesky plastic bags! While we try to avoid accumulating plastic grocery bags, it has become clearly unavoidable on occasion. This is in part because we receive things in wrapped in plastic grocery bags, the attendant is out of paper bags or some culmination of random events leading to a plastic bag haul. There are many things you can do with a plastic bag however and we think making a Koinobori is as good as any! Check out the materials list and DIY below!

These babies really catch the wind nicely! Their tissue paper streamers curl and spin with even the lightest breeze. It's truly a delight to watch! Ready to make your own beautiful Koinobori? Let's get started!


Plastic grocery bag

Tissue Paper

Bubble Wrap

Acrylic paint/brushes

Construction paper




Pipe Cleaners

Egg cartons