Origami Boat

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Learn how to fold these beautiful origami boats!

  1. Ages: 5 - 11

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Start with a rectangular piece of paper, colored side up (if you're using colored paper). If you're using origami paper, you will first need to cut ~1" from one edge to form a rectangle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Fold the paper in half to form a crease, and then open it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Fold the paper in half downwards.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Bring the corners to the center crease.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Fold the uppermost layer on the bottom up, then turn over and do the same on the back. Now you have a pirate hat!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Push the corners of the pirate hat in toward each other to form a square. You'll need to tuck one edge of the paper border behind the other so you can flatten the square.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Fold the bottom corner of the square up to the top, then turn over and do the same on the back.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    Take the edges of your triangle and bring them to the center to meet again, forming another square. Press the creases firmly to flatten.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 9

    Gently pull the top corners outward. Pull it all the way flat and crease the folds.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

  • Step 10

    Then open your form out again, forming a boat.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

  • Step 11

    You may need to pull apart the folds a tiny bit on the bottom to form a more stable base for your boat to rest on.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 11

  • Done!

    Ta-da! Your very own tiny boat!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 12

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