Homemade Craft: Japanese Carp Kite

Welcome back to the May Arts blog!  We’re excited to be able to bring you another inspiring with May Arts Ribbon and the awesome papers and embellishments from Creative Imaginations

I got to play with these beautiful Japanese inspired papers and embellishments from Creative Imaginations Christine Adolph Sakura line.

My first instinct was to creative something exotic and elegant but I also remembered that it’s spring and the breezes are blowing warmly now beckoning us to spend time outdoors.  I’ve created a quick project that you can do with your children that is not only easy but also decorative.  You might even be able to get a little science and history lesson incorporated in this craft.   These would also be amazing as party decorations!

Here’s your supply list:

Make petal template.  Draw a line 1 ¾” long then curve around to make a petal shape.  Cut approximately 35-38 shapes from Creative Imaginations Sakura designer papers. 

Run a strip of strong double sided tape down the WRONG side of one edge of your Bazzill cardstock.


Flip your cardstock to the R side.  Run strips of strong adhesive tape across the width of your paper beginning about 4 inches from the top edge and along the side that will be adhered together.   I made my rows the width of my ruler.

Attach the petals across the width of the paper beginning at the bottom.  Aren’t they pretty?

Once all the strips are attached, take pencil and curl the ends of the petal shapes upward to look more like fish scales.

Embellish the top section with Creative Imaginations Sakura Die Cut Shapes and May Arts 1/8” Velvet ribbon.

Flip the kite to the wrong side.  Run a strip of strong tape along the bottom edge.  Attach May Arts Sheer ribbons closely together to form the tails.

Peel the liner from the side pieces of tape and stick your kite together. 

Staple the remaining 18” piece of May Arts Ribbon to each side of the kite.

Take it outside, hang it from a branch and set it free to blow in the breeze.

Thanks for joining us on the May Arts Blog.  Be sure to head to the Creative Imaginations blog to see what their designers have created to inspire you using May Arts Ribbons.

You can find a printable tutorial here.

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs


  1. Rea

    This is so beautiful and fun. Beautiful DP and ribbons.  Thanks for sharing. 

  2. Barbara Bruder

    What a great project. This is beautiful. Perfect to hang outside and see the ribbons floating in the breezes.

  3. Susan (rainy)

    This is gorgeous!!  What a fabulous project.  Such a great way to use and showcase all those wonderful papers.  And I love those shimmery and sheer ribbon streamers!

  4. Angie Hall

    What an ambitious poject . It turned out so pretty.These papers and ribbon are perfect. Thanks

  5. Helen Lebrett

    this looks so pretty, and looks pretty easy to do too!!  I'm going to pin this one so I can do it:  I have plenty of fabric, so I think I'll do it with fabric and ribbons so I can enjoy it for many years.  Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Charlene

      That sounds awesome, Helen!  Love to see it!

  6. rush

    this is such a cool project.  love the look!

  7. sandeeNC

    Beautiful project!

  8. Sue Kment

    Leave it up to Charlene tocome up with such a great project!

  9. DebbieC.

    Great kite…I love the colourful papers and the sheer ribbon streamers.

  10. Luanne

    wonderful project! very creative and beautiful. love the colors and the ribbon you added

  11. Bethany Becker

    I so love this project.  I think I am going to make one this weekend.  Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. NWFlamingo

    This is wonderful.  What a great summertime decoration this makes.

  13. Sue D

    Very fun and colorful!

  14. Vera W. Yates

    This is such a neat project, Charlene! Love it!

  15. Becky Spinks

    WOW!  What a beauty Charlene!  I love, love, love the papers and the streamers….what a fabulous idea!

  16. Sharon Gullikson

    I love it. I'm going to try to come up with a kid version—I teach crafts to kiddos at Pottery Barn Kids on the weekends. I need a version that will be easy enough for 4 year olds, but not too simple for 11 year olds…..Thanks for the idea.

    1. Charlene

      Hi Sharon!  Let the older kids help cut the shapes and apply the tape  for the little ones…from there it's just a matter of sticking them on.  Hope you share the projects!  Love to see them.

  17. Kristie Maynard

    How pretty is that?!?!  So springy with all the beautiful colors and the ribbon floating in the breeze!  TFS!

  18. Amy Jones

    Wow great project.  These are some really pretty papers.  Thanks for sharing.

  19. Miriam Prantner

    That is just GORGEOUS!  The papers are fabulous, and the sheer streamers.  My little ones would LOVE this!

  20. Becky D

    Oh my goodness Charlene – this is absolutely gorgeous!  My kids are all teens now, but would still love to make this!  Thanks for the tutorial – I can't wait to try it out!

  21. Jingle

    This is so cool!  Very pretty, too!

  22. Denise Bryant

    This is beautiful Charlene! Love the colors and the sheer ribbon streamers!


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