Making an Easy Origami Boat


  • TOTAL TIME: 10 mins

How to make an origami boat? 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.

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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


  1. Make the First FoldsStart 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.Hands folding origami paper
  2. Create a Triangle ShapeUsing 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.Hands folding an origami boat
  3. A Boat Begins to Take ShapeFlip 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.Hands folding the origami traditional boat
  4. Form the Bottom of the BoatRe-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.Hands shaping an origami boat
  5. Continue FoldingFold one layer up to the top. Repeat on the back. Open the bottom of the model.Hands folding origami traditional boat
  6. Finalize the FoldsPull 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.Hands folding origami traditional boat

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