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How to Make a Paper Boat – Origami for Kids

We love doing simple origami and this time we’re going to learn how to make a paper boat – a summer favorite!

We’ve done quite a few awesome origami tutorials for kids and each of them is a must make!

How to Make a Paper Boat Easy Origami Idea

I loved to make these as a kid (the exact same ones) and I loved to play with them even more – we would sail them in the bathtub, puddles and lakes and when possible even have boat races with other neighbourhood kids.

Origami For Kids - Paper Boats

This time though we took it a step further too see who can make the smallest origami boat – each time working with a smaller piece of paper (cutting the size of the paper to half each time) and I was genuinely surprised with the size of paper we have come down to – and too be honest we could probably do one even smaller if I’d have some tweezers at hand.

How to Make a Paper Boat

All you need is a sheet of paper letter sized or A4. Regular print paper is perfect for this project. Use as many colors as possible.

Paper Boat Folding Instructions

Start off with a sheet of paper and fold it in half downwards.

Fold in half again as shown on the second image (you don’t need to make the crease from top to bottom – you just need to mark the center).

Bring corners to the center so that you get a triangle shape with a rectangle under it.

Fold the rectangle part under the triangle upwards (as shown with the purple spots) – flip your origami and do the same on the other side.

Paper Boat

Grab the center of the triangle shape as indicated on the first image above with the red spot and pull both sides (holding the red spot) out. Flatten.

You’ll get the shape as shown on the second image above (ignore that red spot in the left bottom corner – I have no idea how that one came there haha).

Fold the front layer up (as shown with the green spot) flip the origami boat to be and do the same with the back layer. You’ll get a triangle shape.

Folding Instructions

Slowly pull the top parts outwards and you have your paper boat!

How to Make Paper Boats Tutorial - Origami for Kids

More cool origami for kids you can try:

Origami Christmas Tree

We’ve had a lot of fun creating this shark fortune teller – it’s fun to make and even more fun to play with. You should also give these origami frogs a try!

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Making an Easy Origami Boat

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The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk

  • Total Time: 10 mins

Origami comes from the Japanese. The word means the art of folding paper. " Ori " means "folding," and  kami  means "paper." In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.

Learn how to make the most well-known origami boat with this quick and easy step-by-step tutorial. This origami boat can also float in water .

Watch Now: How to Make an Origami Boat

This origami boat is a great model to teach kids. It is similar to the origami hat that you make with newspaper. Also, origami can be a great math-related activity for kids as your child creates using geometry.

What You'll Need

  • 1 Rectangular sheet of paper

Instructions

Make the first folds.

Start with your rectangular paper, orient it vertically, with the long edges going up and down. Fold the bottom half up to the top.Fold the bottom right corner over to the left corner and make a small pinch, just enough to crease the paper. Open it back up.

Create a Triangle Shape

Using the crease as a guide, fold the left and right bottom corners up and to the middle. Flatten the folded pieces down. Rotate the paper. Fold one layer from the bottom up along the bottom of the front flaps.

A Boat Begins to Take Shape

Flip the paper over to the other side. Fold the bottom edge up in the same way. Unfold, and then fold the bottom right corner in along the crease you made. Repeat on the bottom left flap.

Form the Bottom of the Boat

Re-fold the bottom edge back up. Open the bottom of the model. Look at the corners. Flatten and then insert the overlapping flap on the left underneath the right section.

Continue Folding

Fold one layer up to the top. Repeat on the back. Open the bottom of the model.

Finalize the Folds

Pull apart the left and right flaps. Flatten it out, in the shape of a boat. Open it slightly. The triangle in the middle resembles a sail.

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How to make a paper boat (step-by-step instructions)

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I think everyone has made a paper boat at least once in their lifetime. Making paper boat is easy as we don’t need many materials to make it.

This is an origami craft, so all you need is a sheet of paper.

And this is a craft that every parent passes onto their kids, right?

Here is the step-by-step way to make a boat out of paper.

Materials required

A4 sheet / Letter size paper/Any rectangular paper

Step-by-step tutorial to make an easy paper boat for kids

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a. Take an A4 sheet paper. Hold it horizontally as shown in the picture.

b. Fold it from left to right.

c. Make a crease.

d. Now, fold the paper from bottom to top.

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e. Fold it well and make a crease.

how to make a paper boat step-by-step

f. Unfold the fold we just made in step d.

g&h. Now, fold the right corner towards the centre and make a crease.

i. Similarly, fold the left corner towards the centre.

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j. Flatten the folded pieces down and now you have the figure as shown in pic j.

k&l. Now, from the bottom, fold one layer upwards along the bottom of the folds we made in j.

m. Make a crease and flatten it well.

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n. Turn the figure over.

o. Now, like we did in the previous step, fold the bottom layer upwards.

p. Flatten the fold and make a crease again.

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q&r. Open the bottom of the figure.

s. After opening as shown in pic r, flatten the top corner to the bottom as you can see in pic s.

You can see that the edges of the paper boat are overlapping on each other.

t. Insert one edge into the other (see pic t).

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u. You get the figure in u.

v. Now, fold the layer from bottom to the top as shown in pic v.

w. Flatten the fold.

x. Flip the paper over and fold the other layer too. You will get the triangle shape in x.

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y. Open the bottom of the figure again by pulling the flaps apart.

z. Flatten it out and you will get a diamond shape now.

aa. Open the figure by pulling the sides apart from the top to get the shape of the boat.

ab. Flatten it out an open again and your paper boat is ready.

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Make a paper boat

Explore a creek or stream by setting sail! With nothing more than some paper and a few folding tricks you can make your own vessel to investigate the water's currents. Text adapted from the Nat Geo Kids book Get Outside Guide by Nancy Honovich  and Julie Beer.

Take a piece of paper and place it in front of you with the shorter side at the top. Fold the paper in half from top to bottom.

Fold left to right to find the center and reopen. Bring the top two corners together to the middle, forming a point, and crease.

Fold the top flap at the bottom of the paper up; turn over and fold the other flap up. Fold the triangle tabs in over each other so you have a triangle.

Pop open the center like a hat, push the pointed sides to meet, and crease down so that you now have a square.

With the opening facing you, fold the top layer up to meet the other point. Turn the paper over and repeat.

Gently pull apart the top two points while pushing out with your fingers to form the bottom of the boat. Reinforce corners with clear tape, and also tape around the bottom to keep your boat dry. Now you're ready to launch your craft!

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How to make a Paper Boat – Easy Kids Origami

I LOVE paper craft, as you can do it whenever wherever with whatever piece of paper you have! Get the hang of it and you can entertain your kids on a bus, a plane or in the car. Making these easy origami paper boats is such a wonderful “childhood classic activity”. Let’s learn how to make a boat !

How to... make a Paper Boat! This is such an easy origami boat and it is so fun to play with, that it makes the perfect easy origami for kids to learn. We love making easy paper boats and you can decorate and play with them in so many ways. You can make tiny paper boats and GIANT origami boats. Pirate Boats or Rianbow Boats. Your choice. Check out how to make an origami boat today!! And see how easy paper boats are made.

Make these paper boats out of any piece of paper any place at any time (I remember making these origami boats out of my bus ticket, whilst waiting to arrive at my destination)!

Make them HUGE or make them small. All you need is a sheet of paper of ANY size.

Not only only are the paper boats a fun craft, but they are also a great introduction to origami and following instructions! We love  Easy Origami for Kids  and this is a great one to get kids interested!

One Easy Boat Origami.. so many options!

No kits needed. Just one sheet of paper! Construction paper works too, but if you want to float these, “printer” paper or a magazine paper better, as they slightly less water absorbant, so will last longer!

How to... make a Paper Boat! This is such an easy origami boat and it is so fun to play with, that it makes the perfect easy origami for kids to learn. We love making easy paper boats and you can decorate and play with them in so many ways. You can make tiny paper boats and GIANT origami boats. Pirate Boats or Rianbow Boats. Your choice. Check out how to make an origami boat today!! And see how easy paper boats are made.

Yes that is right.. learn how to make the one boat.. and you can decorate and use it in so many different ways. Here we simply too colourful paper and created an army of RAINBOW Paper Boats. They make great little canoes for playmobil mean and small toys too (squish down the middle to make space for sitting).

How to... make a Paper Boat! This is such an easy origami boat and it is so fun to play with, that it makes the perfect easy origami for kids to learn. We love making easy paper boats and you can decorate and play with them in so many ways. You can make tiny paper boats and GIANT origami boats. Pirate Boats or Rianbow Boats. Your choice. Check out how to make an origami boat today!! And see how easy paper boats are made.

Next. We took plain white paper, and turned it into a pirate ship, with the quick addition of a Skull and Crossbones Toothpick Flag. Harr. Harr. Gotta love a Pirate Craft!

The great thing is, that these Paper Boats, also float. Kids can colour it in and take it in the bath or play with it on a small river (it will dissolve, should it float away). I have also used it to make a cute Father’s Day card!

How to... make a Paper Boat! This is such an easy origami boat and it is so fun to play with, that it makes the perfect easy origami for kids to learn. We love making easy paper boats and you can decorate and play with them in so many ways. You can make tiny paper boats and GIANT origami boats. Pirate Boats or Rianbow Boats. Your choice. Check out how to make an origami boat today!! And see how easy paper boats are made.

My neighbours boys (5yrs & 7yrs) saw my draft video and after that they couldn’t stop – we made about 20 paper boats over the weekend – including to two MASSIVE ones. The 7yrs REALLY impressed me with his Pirate Ship and Island. This is what “How to..” is all about – getting stuck in and having fun with crafts! So chuffed!

Just check out their Giant Paper Boats How to:

How to... make a Paper Boat! This is such an easy origami boat and it is so fun to play with, that it makes the perfect easy origami for kids to learn. We love making easy paper boats and you can decorate and play with them in so many ways. You can make tiny paper boats and GIANT origami boats. Pirate Boats or Rianbow Boats. Your choice. Check out how to make an origami boat today!! And see how easy paper boats are made.

Aren’t they simply fun?! (My Paper Boat Craft Models are in disguise)

Teaching Friends How To Make Paper Boats

How to... make a Paper Boat! This is such an easy origami boat and it is so fun to play with, that it makes the perfect easy origami for kids to learn. We love making easy paper boats and you can decorate and play with them in so many ways. You can make tiny paper boats and GIANT origami boats. Pirate Boats or Rianbow Boats. Your choice. Check out how to make an origami boat today!! And see how easy paper boats are made.

Then it got better, they then went to a party… and ended up TEACHING their friends how to make boats. Here they are teaching each other to make their paper boats. **Bless**.

This is a little trickier than the paper cup craft from a couple of weeks ago, but once you know how to make one, you can make it anywhere out of any scarp paper (even a bus ticket!!). Keep your kids entertained on the go! Make one!!!

Origami Paper Boat – supplies

  • a sheet of paper – it needs to be a rectangle!

Any size goes. It really doesn’t matter!

Easy Origami Paper Boat How To Video:

Though paper boats are super easy to learn how to make, it is great to watch this How to make a Paper Boat video. Seeing really is the quickest and easiest way to learn this wonderful Origami for Kids!

Step by step origami boat – written folding instructions

An A4 sheet of paper is ideal – you do need a rectangular sheet of paper… and most sheets of paper work. But we like the dimensions of an A4 or A5 sheet of paper. They are the perfect rectangle for a paper boat.

Start off making what is the classic origami hat (don’t worry the boat bit is coming)

The first fold follows the basic pattern for an origami hat.

Fold your sheet of paper in half. Make a neat crease. (So if using an A4 sheet of paper, you now have an A5 sized paper infront of you – like a card that opens and shuts).

Turn the paper round, so the closed edge is along the top. And the open edges along the bottom.

Fold the paper in half again and make a middle crease. Open back up. You just wanted to create a perpendicular guide line.

Now you need to work on both top corners: Fold the top right corner down, to meet this middle crease and create a triangle flap.

Repeat with the top left corner. Now you have two triangle shape flaps that meet in the middle.

You should now have two triangles with a banner along the bottom made of two sheets of paper.

Take the bottom of the paper and fold up. Two small triangles will overlap. Fold these down to make another eat edge.

Flip the origami over and repeat for the other side.

You should now have what looks like a “classic paper hat”.

Turning the classic paper hat into a boat that floats

Take the two points one either side and bring to the centre and flatten.

You should have a diamond with equal sides in front of you (or a square shape on it’s side).

Take the bottom corner and fold up. Flip over.

Repeat for the other side. You should now have a traingle again.

Take the point on the left and right and again, bring them together to meet in the middle.

And flattern. You should have another diamond.

This time, you can pull it appart and make our final boat shape.

And finished! Now decorate it in any way you wish! And as we have shown you above you can have lots of fun with this basic paper boat.

The paper boat does float – it is perfect for the sink or puddles, but will eventually get soggy. If you want to play with it for longer, you may want to make it from waxed paper. Or maybe add some clear tape to the bottom of the boat to water proof it a little.

More Easy Origami for Kids here:

Cute and Easy Paper Crafts for kids. Teach the kids this Easy Origami for Kids. A great introduction to this wonderful traditional paper craft. Origami can be easy AND SUPER FUN, if you choose the right projects!

See all our fun DIY Boat Crafts here, incluing other fun boat crafts that float:

Boat DIY ideas

This video tutorial is also available on my YouTube channel

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Make a paper boat origami boat instructions and diagram.

Origami Boat

If you've always wanted to play with boats in the tub, but your parents wouldn't get one for you, don't worry. I will show you how to make an origami boat out of paper, and yes it floats...for a little bit, but it's still fun nonetheless. However, I heard that if you color the bottom of the boat with crayon, then it will float longer. Just be careful not to splash too much water on it!

Before we get into how to make an origami boat, let us first discuss where this paper folding originated and where it first appeared. If you're interested in the history of paper folding, continue reading to learn the fundamentals of origami.

Research studies say that origami was first invented about a thousand years ago by the Japanese, but its roots may well be in China. The term refers to the craft of paper folding. The word "origami" is an inclusive term for the folding process of paper. "Ori" means "folding," and "gami" means "paper." The objective of origami is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a fully completed piece of art through folding techniques and cutting methods.

How to Make a Paper Boat Float Longer?

If you're ready to make your paper boat origami, keep these tips in mind to ensure it will last a long time on the water. The most common is that if you color the bottom of the origami boat with crayons, it will float longer but not long enough to reach the finish line. Some people also say that to make the boat last longer when it is on water, try using foil paper or grease-proof paper.

How to Make a Paper Boat?

The origami boat is actually very simple to make. All you need is a rectangular piece of paper, so any 8.5x11 copy or lined paper will do. Then follow the instructions and pictures carefully and you'll be able to make your own origami boat that floats.

With the help of this simple step-by-step lesson, you can quickly and easily create the most well-known origami paper boat.

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Is your favorite childhood memory sailing a boat in your backyard pool? Or is it playing with a paper boat in the bathtub? Either way, you've likely had some experience with origami boats. Good old days, right?

Luckily, the time when you can relive these memories is here! Make an origami boat with your little one and have a joyous boat ride without getting wet. You'll need some colorful origami paper and a special folding technique. It's going to be so much fun.

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Is an Origami Craft Too Much for Young Kids?

Not at all! Having young children make origami boats is a great way to introduce them to the art of origami. With some guidance, even the smallest fingers can put together a beautiful boat that will impress everybody. Furthermore, it's a delightful experience for both children and adults alike.

Moreover, folding a rectangular piece of paper into different shapes is an excellent way to practice patience and attention to detail in preschoolers. It'll increase their concentration levels and fine motor skills.

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What Is the Best Origami Paper for Making a Boat?

Usually, origami boats spend their lives as bath toys, so it's best to choose waterproof origami paper that won't smudge easily. A thin foil paper works best, as it gives the boat a shiny finish and adds extra durability. Moreover, it enhances the overall appearance of the boat.

Can't find it? No worries. Use construction paper. Even an ordinary plain white paper would do.

When I declutter my desk, I give my kids colorful Post-it notes and extra newspapers. It reduces paper waste and eliminates the worries about getting it wrong.

Rember if you are using it in water, air drying the boat at the side of a bath or dry place is best so there isn't growth of bacteria and there is multiple use.

Don't miss our other boat crafts including the Paper Plate Boat , Juice Box Boat , Pirate Ship Craft , and How to Draw a Sailboat .

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Tips and Tricks for Making an Origami Boat

Most origami boat templates are not too complicated; in fact, they are relatively straightforward. You and your kids will soon get them right. Still, here are some helpful tips to make your project even easier:

  • To begin, start with a flat square sheet of paper, as it simplifies the process of folding and makes it easier for kids to understand what they are doing.
  • Use the reverse fold technique when folding the edges of the boat. It will give it a crisp and neat look.
  • To make the boat sturdier, use a few dots of glue when you're done.

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Ideas to Decorate the Origami Boat

Where's the fun in a solid-colored boat when you can liven it up with bright colors? Here are some ideas for decorative objects for your boat:

  • Use colorful paper and stickers for endless fun
  • Create tiny flags and sails from paper or fabric to make a boat look like a real one
  • Draw a beautiful scene on the boat to make it artsier

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What Else Can I Do with an Origami Boat?

The first thing that comes to our minds when we think of a boat is sailing. But you can do so much more with these paper creations!

  • Attach strings to hang them as a whimsical mobile
  • Display a tiny origami boat in a terrarium
  • Use them as gift tags for special occasions
  • Make them into keychains to remember the fun you had

Check Out These Other Origami Crafts!

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Origami Boat Craft Is an Exciting and Creative Activity for All Ages

Not only is origami art suitable for adults, but it's also perfect for children! Engaging in making an origami boat with your little ones, moreover, is a wonderful way to spend quality time together. And, rest assured, it's not hard at all! With the right techniques, you can easily master it. Additionally, I've attached the step-by-step guide for you all below. I hope it helps.

origami boat supplies

Boat Origami Supplies

  • A sheet of craft paper - origami paper
  • Glue (optional).
  • Scissors (optional).
  • Colorful craft paper and or card stock paper (for the flag).

step 1 origami boat

Step 1: Start with a rectangular sheet of craft paper. If the paper has a colored side, make sure it is facing down.

step 2 origami boat

Step 2: Fold the paper in half horizontally to create a crease in the center of the paper.

step 3 how to make a paper boat

Step 3: Fold the paper in half vertically to create another crease in the center.

Origami Boat Triangle

step 4 paper boat

Step 4: Bring the right edge of the paper towards the center crease line, folding it diagonally to create a triangle shape. Crease the fold well.

step 5 paper boats

Step 5: Repeat the previous step for the other edge of the paper, folding it diagonally to create another triangle shape. Crease the fold well.

Bottom of Boat

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Step 6: Fold the bottom edge of the paper up. Fold up to the bottom of the diagonal creases you made in the last two steps.

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Step 7: Flip it over.

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Step 8: Repeat the step. Fold the bottom edge.

step 9 boat origami

Step 9: Open the gap of the folded triangular-shaped origami pieces.

step 10 how to fold a paper boat

Step 10: Bring the top corners of the paper down.

Bring it toward the center of the paper.

Fold them along the diagonal creases on two sides.

step 11 paper boat instructions

Step 11: This will create a diamond shape.

step 12 how to make an origami boat

Step 12: Fold the top layer of the bottom point of the paper up. This should be folded along the top edge of the paper to create a triangle shape.

step 13 paper boat origami

Step 13: Flip it over.

step 14 how to fold a boat from from paper

Step 14: Repeat the process. It will create a triangle shape.

step 15 oragami boat

Step 15: Similar to step 9 open the gap in the middle.

step 16 how to make a boat out of paper

Step 16: Fold it along the two creases. Fold on to sides to create a diamond shape.

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Step 17: Gently pull the two sides of the boat apart to create a small opening.

step 18 make boat from paper

Step 18: Pinch the bottom corners of the boat. Then pull them down slightly to make the boat more stable.

step 19 make boat with paper

Step 19: To make the flags cut out triangular colorful craft paper and a thin strip from cardstock paper.

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Your origami boat is now complete! You can now use it as a decoration or float it in water.

We highlighted these Origami Crafts along with some other fun kid's crafts in our  Summer Crafts for Kids  along with our 101+ Easy Kids Crafts .

You also do not want to miss our 101+ Coloring Pages For Kids  and 101+ Printables full of Crafts and Coloring Pages.

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Origami Boat

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  • Origami paper
  • Card Stock Paper (for the flag)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Glue (optional)

Instructions

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How to Make a Paper Boat with a Big Sail

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Step 1: Use Rectangle Paper

Use Rectangle Paper

Any size as you need

Step 2: Fold the Rectangle Sheet of Paper in Half Along Its Short Side

Fold the Rectangle Sheet of Paper in Half Along Its Short Side

Step 3: Fold It in Half From Bottom to Top Along Its Long Side

Fold It in Half From Bottom to Top Along Its Long Side

Fold it in half from bottom to top along its long side

Flip the paper so that the fold opens toward you

Step 4: Fold Down the Top Corners

Fold Down the Top Corners

fold down the top corners while leaving of space at the bottom. Grab the two top corners, and fold down so that they line up with the centre crease.

Step 5: Fold the Bottom of the Paper Up Against Both Sides

Fold the Bottom of the Paper Up Against Both Sides

Step 6: Fold the Bottom Corners In

Fold the Bottom Corners In

Step 7: Make the Triangle Into a Square

Make the Triangle Into a Square

Pick up the triangle, then use your fingers to open up the bottom of the triangle. It should naturally start to pop into a square shape

Step 8: Fold Up the Bottom Flaps

Fold Up the Bottom Flaps

Arrange your paper so that the bottom points of the diamond can fold upward.

Step 9: Fold Up the Bottom Flaps Other Side

Fold Up the Bottom Flaps Other Side

Flip the paper over, and do the same thing to the other side

Step 10: Make the Triangle Into a Square Again

Make the Triangle Into a Square Again

Just like last time, open up the bottom of your new triangle with your fingers. The bottom corners will line up to become the bottom point of a square

Step 11: Pull Out the Triangles on the Side of the Square

Pull Out the Triangles on the Side of the Square

Start at the top of the diamond

Step 12: Final

Final

Now you have your paper boat

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Do you like making origami paper boats? Origami is fun, but it can be even more fun if you make the boat out of origami paper! This tutorial will teach you how to make an origami boat with just one piece of paper.

It’s also a great craft for kids , since it requires no cutting or gluing and is very simple to fold. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Paper Boat Origami

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How to make an Origami Paper Boat?

This tutorial is a step-by-step guide on how to make a paper boat for your child to enjoy. It’s a fun activity for all ages, and a perfect rainy day activity.

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Take a square sheet of paper, any kind of paper would work.

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Fold in half.

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Fold in half again.

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Then take one of the triangle and fold it upwards.

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Flip it and fold the remaining three triangles upwards.

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Now you can see a pocket below.

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Place your thumbs in it, stretch it and then press.

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Take upper corners and stretch out.

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That’s It! You have completed the Origami Boat.

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Origami paper boats are a fun craft that can be made by anyone. We’ve provided you with instructions for making an origami boat, but there are plenty of other designs to explore as well.

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Did you know that The art of folding a sheet of paper into something creative is a part of  origami art ? I am Todd, the in-house DIY expert. I am excited to make some paper boats that I can float in the nearby pond with Jax and Jane. Would you like to make one too? Here’s how you can get started.

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  • Take a square-shaped paper
  • Fold it in half
  • Fold it once more till you have a small square
  • Take three parts of the folded paper square and fold diagonally
  • Fold the last part on the other side diagonally
  • Once all the folds are completed, open the square and flatten it out in the opposite direction
  • Then, open the boat by separating the top ends of the folded triangle
  • Press the folded lines for the boat to hold its shape and set sail

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Origami, the art of paper folding, is a delightful pastime that allows you to create intricate designs using a simple sheet of paper. Among the many fascinating origami creations, the origami boat is a classic and timeless design that can be easily mastered by beginners. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to create a simple origami boat.

To begin, select a square sheet of paper. You can use origami paper, colored paper, or even a plain white sheet. Place the paper in front of you, ensuring that one corner is facing upwards.

Fold the paper in half diagonally, creating a triangle. Make sure the edges are aligned accurately, and crease the fold firmly. Next, unfold the triangle and repeat the same step by folding the paper diagonally in the opposite direction. Once again, unfold the paper to reveal a creased “X” shape.

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How do you make an origami boat step by step?

Origami boats are a classic and enjoyable paper folding project. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of creating an origami boat. With just a square sheet of paper and a few simple folds, you’ll be able to make your very own paper boat. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced origami enthusiast, this guide will help you create a charming origami boat that can sail your imagination’s seas. Let’s dive into the world of origami and get started on this delightful project.

Certainly! Here is a step-by-step guide to making an origami boat:

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Take the object and fold it in half according to the demonstrated method. Afterward, proceed to fold it once more, but only partially this time, creating a crease in close proximity to the upper section.

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Please refer to the image on the left below, where you can clearly observe the crease. This crease serves as a guide to align the corners appropriately. Proceed to fold down the corners as indicated in the image below.

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Begin by folding each edge of the paper upwards, following the instructions provided. As demonstrated, use your fingers to carefully open up the folds, resulting in the formation of a hat. At this point, you can choose to conclude the folding process and enjoy your hat. However, if you wish to proceed further, you have the option to transform the hat into a boat.

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To transform the hat into a square shape, bring the corners of the hat brim towards each other. As you do this, you will notice that the edges of the brim will naturally push outwards. This action can be likened to “squashing” the hat, gradually reshaping it into a square.

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Next, select one of the lower corners of the square and fold it upwards, creating a triangular shape. Flip the folded piece over and repeat the same folding process for the other corner. Now, you should have a folded triangle. To continue, carefully open up the folded triangle and bring the corners together, aligning them neatly…

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Once you have the folded triangle, proceed to “squash” it again into a square shape, similar to the middle photo provided. Gently pull on the folded edges to unfold the paper and reveal the boat shape. If you prefer, you can turn the boat over and expand the hole in the bottom. Enlarging the hole will improve the boat’s balance and floating ability.

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Can i use any size of paper to make an origami boat.

While it’s possible to make an origami boat with different sizes of paper, it is generally easier to work with a square sheet of paper. The size of the paper will determine the final size of the boat. Larger paper will result in a bigger boat, while smaller paper will create a smaller boat. It’s recommended to start with a square piece of paper, but you can experiment with different sizes to achieve the desired result.

What if I don’t have origami paper?

If you don’t have origami paper, you can use any square-shaped paper, such as regular printer paper, construction paper, or even recycled paper. You can easily make a square from rectangular paper by folding it diagonally and trimming off the excess. The key is to have a square shape to begin with, as it makes the folding process easier.

Can I decorate or personalize my origami boat?

Absolutely! Origami boats can be a fun and creative project. Once you’ve folded your boat, you can use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to add designs or patterns to the paper. Just be mindful not to use heavy materials that may weigh down the paper or make it difficult to fold.

How can I make the origami boat float in water?

While origami boats are not typically designed to float for extended periods, you can take some steps to make them float temporarily. You can apply a thin layer of waterproof sealant or wax on the surface of the boat to make it more water-resistant. Additionally, you can use lightweight materials, such as toothpicks or small pieces of cork, to create a simple raft-like structure underneath the boat, which can improve its floating ability.

Can I unfold the origami boat once it’s folded?

Yes, you can unfold the origami boat by reversing the folding steps. Gently unfold the paper along the creases you made, taking care not to tear or damage the paper. This allows you to reuse the paper or try folding a different origami model.

Making a simple origami boat is a fun and enjoyable activity. All you need is a square piece of paper, and you can follow the step-by-step instructions to create your own boat. Remember, while origami boats may not float for an extended period, you can decorate them and make them temporarily float by applying a waterproof sealant or adding lightweight materials. Don’t hesitate to get creative and personalize your origami boat. Enjoy the process of folding and have fun with your finished creation!

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To make a paper boat set, begin by downloading the template below. Download the SVG version if you will be using a cutting machine, or use the PDF version if you are cutting by hand. If you are using the PDF version, you can print the template directly onto the paper you will be using.

We made our paper boats with an assortment of pretty metallic text weight papers. You can use any color scheme that you would like for these boats, but we decided to create these boats to match our 1970s retro sailboat gift wrap . I’ve added links for each of the papers below in the materials list. If you are using this paper boat project to incorporate into a nautical or beach themed party, I would suggest using a color scheme that matches your specific event decor.

Our paper boats can be used as cute party favors that you can fill with candies, or to decorate a table setting. Scatter them around the table, or write names on the boats to use as adorable place cards! You can even create your own paper boat garland to hang around your party by attaching the boats to a pretty ribbon or piece of colored baker’s twine. I’m thinking these boats would make for a super cute baby mobile…there are so many possibilities!

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  • Fold along score lines. Clip slits along the tabs to allow for a curve.
  • Glue small tabs and attach to the side. Then, glue slit tabs to the front of the boat.

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Hi Lía! How are u? Im from Argentina and i love everything you do. I have a question for you please: i have the scan cut from Brother; today i tried to print the boat with the sgv file and everything was ok but in the part where im supposed to fold the paper, the print cut the Paper so i have to glue all the parts. I think i have done something wrong because the instructions shows that the botton part or the boat is one piece and instead i have several parts. Hope you undestand me and help me 🙂. Thank you very much Flavia

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We are not familiar with the Brother cutting machine, the lines that indicate fold lines should be scored by your machine. You will need to manually select these lines to score them. Please contact Brother customer care for any help regarding your machine.

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How adorable the little boats are, want to make lots of them. Did get few cut on my Cricut. Want to get more colors of metallic papers when we return from vacation, love how metallic papers give any item such rich look. Have so much want to do when we get back. The boats I did cut out on Cricut used some metallic papers gotten at Walmart, not much variety of colors but can do lighter boats, really pretty, look pearlescent. Have you looked into new Gold Cricut? Saw ad online can pay $50.00 to trade machines. Will there be your projects on gold machine? Haven’t used projects that came with Cricut Air, are those still in machine or have they expired? Am always so careful, concerned will mess up machine. Being digitally compromised tends to cause me to be extra cautious. Your site inspires me to be creative even when other part of life dulls creativity. There will be celebration of life for grandson who died in June 8th. Celebration will be on July 8th. Hoping we’ll be able to attend. Have great week all.

Thanks so much, I’m glad you love the boats! The Gold Cricut is beautiful, isn’t it? My projects won’t be available with that bundle. I’m not sure about the projects that came with your machine, but you can contact Cricut’s customer service to be sure. We’ll be thinking of you as you celebrate your grandson’s life!

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I have been searching everywhere for a 3D paper boat! I’m having a nautical theme for my wedding and since it’s river nautical and not ocean, I didn’t want whales, starfish, seahorses, etc. This will be great for the reception. I’m going to fill them with goldfish crackers!

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Oh that’s great, I’m so glad this will work for your wedding!

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Ooooh! Thank you! I’ve been trying to make a 3d ocean view mobile for my grandson. It is not easy finding 3d files, and I’ve had to try to make my own. This boat is perfect!

Oh, how great! I’m so glad the boat will work for you 🙂

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Thank you Lia you are such an inspiration to my craftie side. I really love all your projects. I find pleasure on opening my email and see your gift to me everyday. Many blessings.

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Would appericate more written instruction, plus a complete material list. For example, what is the size of dowel used, or was it even a dowel? Options are nice, but spefics are better:)

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Are you looking for a fun and easy craft activity that you can do at home? Making a boat out of paper is a classic activity that has been enjoyed by many generations. Not only is it a great way to spend an afternoon, but it also allows you to exercise your creativity and imagination.

In this beginner’s guide, we will teach you how to make a boat out of paper in a few simple steps. Whether you are a seasoned paper crafter or a complete beginner, this guide will help you create a beautiful paper boat that you can be proud of.

Materials Needed

A child's creativity at work making a paper boat

Before we get started, let’s gather the materials you will need to make a paper boat. The good news is that you probably already have most of these items at home.

  • A sheet of paper: You can use any type of paper, but we recommend using a square sheet of paper. You can use origami paper, printer paper, or even newspaper.
  • Scissors: You will need a pair of scissors to cut the paper.
  • Glue or tape: You will need glue or tape to hold the paper together.
  • Optional: You can decorate your paper boat with markers, crayons, or stickers.

Basic Steps in Making a Paper Boat

Now that you have your materials ready let’s move on to the basic steps in making a paper boat. Follow these simple steps to create your paper boat:

  • Start with a square sheet of paper. If you are using a rectangular sheet of paper, fold one corner over to the opposite edge to form a triangle. Cut off the excess paper to create a square.
  • Fold the paper in half diagonally to form a triangle. Crease the fold and then unfold the paper.
  • Fold the paper in half diagonally again, but in the opposite direction. Crease the fold and then unfold the paper.
  • Fold the paper in half horizontally. Crease the fold and then unfold the paper.
  • Fold the paper in half vertically. Crease the fold and then unfold the paper.
  • Fold the corners of the paper towards the center crease. The paper should look like a kite.
  • Fold the top layer of the bottom edge of the paper upwards to meet the center crease. Crease the fold.
  • Repeat step 7 for the other side of the paper.
  • Fold the top layer of the paper downwards along the horizontal crease. Crease the fold.
  • Tuck the corners of the paper into the pockets that were created in step 8.

Congratulations, you have just made a paper boat! Now that you have mastered the basic steps, let’s move on to the different types of paper boats you can make.

Types of Paper Boats

There are many different types of paper boats that you can make, ranging from simple designs to more complex origami boats. Here are three types of paper boats that you can try:

  • Classic Paper Boat: The classic paper boat is the design we just taught you how to make. This boat is easy to make and is perfect for beginners.
  • Origami Paper Boat: The origami paper boat is a more complex design that involves more folding techniques. This boat is perfect for those who have some experience with paper folding.
  • Paper Plate Boat: The paper plate boat is a fun and creative way to make a boat out of paper. You can use a paper plate as the base of the boat and decorate it with paper sails and flags.

As we mentioned earlier, there are various types of paper boats that you can make. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Classic Paper Boat

The classic paper boat is easy to make and perfect for beginners. It is a simple design that involves basic folding techniques. You can decorate it with markers, crayons, or stickers to make it more colorful and fun.

Origami Paper Boat

Origami paper boats are more complex than classic paper boats and require more folding techniques. This type of paper boat is perfect for those who have some experience with paper folding. There are many different types of origami paper boats that you can make, ranging from simple designs to more complex ones.

Paper Plate Boat

The paper plate boat is a fun and creative way to make a boat out of paper. You can use a paper plate as the base of the boat and decorate it with paper sails and flags. This type of paper boat is perfect for kids and can be used as a fun summer activity.

Tips and Tricks

Now that you know how to make a paper boat, here are some tips and tricks to help you create the perfect paper boat:

Choosing the Right Paper

When making a paper boat, it is important to choose the right type of paper. You can use any type of paper, but we recommend using a thicker paper, such as cardstock or construction paper. These types of paper are more durable and will make your boat last longer.

Making the Boat Waterproof

If you want your paper boat to float on water, you need to make it waterproof. You can do this by applying a layer of wax or clear nail polish to the paper. This will make the boat water-resistant and prevent it from getting soggy.

Adding Designs and Decorations

To make your paper boat more fun and colorful, you can add designs and decorations. You can use markers, crayons, or stickers to decorate your boat. You can also add paper sails and flags to make it look like a real boat. Let your imagination run wild and create a unique and beautiful paper boat.

Fun Activities with Paper Boats

Once you have made your paper boat, there are many fun activities you can do with it. Here are three fun activities that you can try:

  • Racing Paper Boats: You can race your paper boat with your friends or family members. All you need is a tub of water, and you can race your boats to see whose boat is the fastest. You can also make adjustments to your boat to see which modifications help it move faster through the water.
  • Floating Paper Boats in a Pool: If you have access to a swimming pool, you can float your paper boats on the water. You can also make a game out of it by trying to toss your boats into a designated area of the pool.
  • Making a Paper Boat Fleet: Once you have made a few paper boats, you can create a paper boat fleet. You can decorate each boat differently or even create different types of boats to add variety to your fleet. You can display your fleet on a shelf or use it as a centerpiece for a party.

In conclusion, making a boat out of paper is a fun and easy craft activity that anyone can enjoy. With a few simple steps, you can create a beautiful paper boat that you can be proud of. There are also many fun activities that you can do with your paper boat, such as racing, floating, and creating a paper boat fleet.

We hope that this beginner’s guide has inspired you to try making a paper boat. Remember to have fun and let your imagination run wild. With a little creativity, you can create a paper boat that is truly unique and special. So grab your paper and scissors, and let’s get crafting!

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