Sushi: Dinner or Door Dec? Don’t let your eyes fool you- this sushi themed door dec are easier to make than they may seem!
You literally will be rolling these sushi rolls through a simplistic version of the art of quilling. There are two types of sushi here, and we’ll walk you through how to make each individually. But first, a simple lesson on sushi so we can refer to them as such in this tutorial.
What You’ll Need:
In addition to the supplies featured above, you’ll need a glue gun, a pair of scissors and a sharpie. The chopsticks will serve a dual purpose to help you make the sushi rolls, while also being used as a part of the final product. Thus, you’ll want one pair for each door dec, but you don’t have to make every one the exact same. As for colors, dark green or black can be used for the “seaweed,” and white for the “rice”. We recommend red, pink, yellow, and light green to use for the rest of the sushi ingredients.
1. Cut out strips of paper according to the following instructions
0.5″x11″ Dark Green/Black (1)
0.5″x11″ White (2) * Glue strips together to make one 22″ long strip
0.5″x11″ Other color of your choosing (1-2)
0.25″x11″ Dark Green/Black (1)
0.5″x11″ White (1)
0.5″x11″ Other color of your choosing (1)
2. Starting with the white strip of paper, place one end of the strip on a chopstick. Wrap the strip around until all of the strip is rolled. Unwrap the strip and let it fall off of the chopstick. Keep everything in as tight of a roll as possible- don’t unroll them. You’ll continue to do this with all the other strips.
3. Piece together the parts accordingly. For these, it may be easiest to read the following instructions for general guidance, but to refer to the picture of the final product to determine how it should look.
Take the white roll and size the outside part to be how big you’d like for the piece of sushi to be. We made ours to be approximately 2″ in diameter. Wrap the dark green/black piece around the white roll and glue them together. Using the colored strips, condense them into a more compact piece, and fit them inside the white strip. Glue this together. You can do 1 or 2 colored strips for the center part if you’d like.
Take the white roll. This will take a bit of playing around with, but shape the exterior of the roll into a rectangle. Identify four corners and pinch them to create a crease. Once you form the outside layer into a rectangle, the interior pieces will fall together- keep these circular in form. Glue the end to secure it all together. Do the same for the colored 0.5″ wide piece of paper. Once these are complete, stack them together, with the white piece on the bottom. Using the dark green/black strip, wrap it around the two previously made pieces and glue together.
4. We put our rolls of sushi on a bento box. Using the red scrapbook paper and the black cardstock, eye out an appropriate size plate for your sushi rolls. Leave enough room to write residents’ names on the side. Use the black cardstock as a border to your red scrapbook paper.
5. Glue the sushi onto the “plate” that you just created. You can mix and match these as you’d like. We additionally added some additional detail with two cut out blobs of light green and pink paper to look like ginger and wasabi. Glue the chopsticks onto the corner of the door dec, and write the student’s name on it.
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- Make origami cranes or butterflies and hang them on the walls throughout your hallway. If it’s okay with your supervisor and maintenance/custodial staff, try hanging some of them via fishing line from the ceiling.
- Cultural Nights: Start off with a night that brings residents together to learn more about Japanese culture. If your campus or community has a Japanese student organization or cultural center, reach out to them and invite them into your hall. Do a demo on how to make sushi, origami, or have them make a cherry blossom plant they can use to brighten up their room using this tutorial as inspiration. Just like sushi, the cherry blossom plays a big role in Japanese culture. Use this event as a launching point for other residents to share their own (or one that they are interested in researching) throughout the year.
- You’re on a roll!: Print out pictures of sushi or make extra quilled sushi (via the above tutorial). Attach a note to it with a short message of recognition for your residents’ various achievements. Place it on the resident’s door or on a bulletin board in your hall.