This simple origami boat is a fun model to fold. Use a fairly thin square of paper, and remember to fold neatly and crease firmly after each step.
- Start with your paper square as shown above. If you don’t have a creasing tool, you can use the back of your thumb nail to help crease. We’ll be folding it horizontally then vertically to start with, creating a grid of quarters. Ready?
- Fold in half from side to side, making sure the edges line up; crease and unfold.
- Do the same thing, this time folding the other way, to create the horizontal fold; crease and open up fully.
- You should be left with folds dissecting the paper into neat quarters.
- Turning the paper 90 degrees, fold the bottom point under and up to meet the top point.
- The next picture shows how the creases sit.
- Take the bottom point and fold it up to meet the centre.
- Do the same with the top point, so they meet in the middle.
- Next, fold the left point into the centre…
- …then fold this point back, but instead of folding from the original crease, fold a little way in from that.
- The next step can be a bit fiddly, but the previous folds will help you out! Pick the model up and press gently in the centre; the middle should go down and the outside edges should come up!
- Gently press the bottom together to encourage the creases – you’re after a big triangle at the bottom and 2 smaller triangles at the top.
- Once your model looks right, press and crease all the folds well.
- Lastly, fold the bottom point back to form the bottom of your boat. If you get it just right, it should stand up by itself!
Hope you enjoyed this model. They look great in different sizes to make a whole fleet.
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