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Making an origami paper boat is a great activity that’s easy to finish and doesn’t require a lot of materials. The beauty of making a paper boat is that you only need one piece of printer paper to complete the task! By folding the paper with sharp creases and shaping it carefully, you can make a great-looking origami boat in minutes. We'll walk you through folding your own paper boat with our complete step-by-step instructions.
Creating the Initial Folds
- To strengthen the crease, run your finger down the fold 3-4 more times.
- You should now have 2 creases along both centers (x-axis and y-axis) of the page.
- Use the crease you made before to help line up the folds coming in from the corners.
- The 2 folds should line up with each other.
Tip : When you go to fold the second side, use the first fold as a reference point.
- The flaps closest to you should be folded in front of the back flaps, not over them. If you fold over the back flaps, you won’t be able to fold the back flaps themselves.
Making the Final Folds
- Crease the paper along its edges so that it stays in the square shape.
- The bottom of the diamond should be the part of the paper with extra folds.
- The bottom corners will line up to become the bottom point of a square diamond.
- You may need to pull up the triangle inside the diamond while pulling apart the two sides. Try to keep the triangle inside the diamond sticking straight up as this will be your boat's "mast."
- You can reinforce the corners with clear tape and tape around the bottom to keep your boat dry.
Tip : Waterproof your boat! Use a waxed paper from an art store to make your boat last longer, or color one side of the paper completely with a crayon. You can also try to make your boat out of aluminum foil.
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- Be aware that the heavier the paper you use, the harder the boat will be to make. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 301 Not Helpful 135
- If you are floating your boat on a large body of water, like a pond, you can tape string onto one end of the boat. Hold on to the other end of the string so that it doesn't float away! ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 291 Not Helpful 138
- Try to get the edges of the paper to line up. An evenly made boat means less chances of tipping over. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 44 Not Helpful 21
- Make sure you don't have any holes, as one little hole can turn into a huge rip. This could be good in a procedural text. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 2 Not Helpful 1
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If you want to make a paper boat, fold a piece of paper in half from top to bottom. Then, fold it again from side to side and unfold so you have a crease in the center. Fold the top right corner down towards the center. Next, flip the paper over and fold the other corner down on the other side. Fold each of the bottom edges of the paper up and outwards to make a paper hat shape. Then, open the hat and flatten it horizontally to create a diamond. Fold the bottom edge of the diamond upwards towards the top. Then, turn the paper over and repeat on the other side. Pull the paper apart again and smooth it out to create a boat shape. Did this summary help you? Yes No
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Step 1: Use Rectangle Paper
Any size as you need
Step 2: 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
Flip the paper so that the fold opens toward you
Step 4: 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
Step 6: Fold the Bottom Corners In
Step 7: 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
Arrange your paper so that the bottom points of the diamond can fold upward.
Step 9: 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
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
Start at the top of the diamond
Step 12: Final
Now you have your paper boat
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How to Make a Paper Boat
Learning how to make a paper boat is SO FUN and really easy! With just five minutes and a sheet of regular printer paper , you can fold a cute little origami boat that actually floats on water.
This is such a classic craft project that’s quick and simple, and it’s a really fun introduction to origami ! Follow the step-by-step tutorial below, or watch the quick video to learn how to make a paper boat. You’ll be an expert in no time!
- 1 piece Letter sized printer paper (8-1/2 by 11 inches size; any colour)
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Instructions:, step 1: find what you need.
Step 2: Make the first folds
Step 3: Continue folding
Step 4: Make the final folds and adjustments
Do paper boats float in water?
Yes! These boats will float in water. But since they’re made out of paper, they can really only go in the water once. The boats should last in water for at least 10 minutes before they get waterlogged. Once they’re soaked with water, it will be hard to keep them upright, and they might even sink.
If you want them to last longer in the water, add a layer of tape to the bottom of your boat to make it waterproof.
What kind of paper do you need to make a paper boat?
I find it easiest to use regular printer paper or construction paper , since most people have those at home already. Printer paper comes in all sorts of fun colours, or you can colour or draw on white paper to add colour to your boat.
You can also use origami paper if you have it. You just have to cut it to make sure the proportions are right, since most origami paper is square.
Want your boat to last longer in the water? Make a waterproof boat out of waxed paper or aluminum foil!
Can you put things in paper boats?
Sort of. If you’re planning to put your boats in water, whatever you put into the boats has to be really light, otherwise the boats will tip over. You could cut out paper people to put in your boats… or possibly teeny tiny toys. But I can’t promise that the boats will stay upright in the water with toys in them.
If you’re playing with the boats on the floor (and not in the water), you can load them up with all sorts of fun, small toys. Try Lego figures, small Hatchimals , or even Polly Pockets!
Where can I play with these paper boats?
You can play with paper boats in the bath, in the sink, or even outside in a puddle. Or you can keep them dry and play with them on the floor so they last longer. A blue towel or blanket makes a great ocean!
How can I customize my origami boat?
Use brightly coloured paper, and decorate them with markers, pencil crayons, and stickers. Don’t forget to give your boat a name when you’re done!
We hope you’ll have a great time learning how to make a paper boat, because these boats are SO FUN and they’re really simple to make! All you need is one piece of regular sized printer paper and in 5 minutes you can fold an awesome boat that actually floats in water!
This is such a fun kids craft and a great introduction to origami for kids. Such a fun activity for summer or any time!
When my kids got home from school, they saw all my paper boats on the office floor (because that’s where all my best crafting is done!), and they got so excited to make them! My 5 year old is a little too young to make the folds, so I just gave him one of my paper boats. But my 7 and 9 year olds folded theirs all by themselves and they looked awesome!
Then my 3 kids gathered all the sofa cushions and made a giant fort for their paper boats. Because why not make an ocean fort for your paper boats!? They loaded their boats with tiny little toys and I heard all sorts of playing with “LOOK THERE’S LAND OVER THERE!” the whole time I was making dinner.
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January 20, 2020 at 4:59 pm
I haven’t done origami since elementary school; this would be so fun to show to my 3 year old! Also, I have to tell you, I am so impressed by your photography skills and the clear, clean way you showcase your tutorials and projects. I’m a photographer as well as a craft blogger too, and I think you are doing a seriously fantastic job.
January 21, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Thanks Laura! That’s such a nice comment. Sometimes it feels like I’m working in a void here, so I really appreciate that!!! 🙂
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slowly pull the top parts outwards and you have your paper boat!
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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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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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Put your leftover Sunday papers to good use and let your kids' imagination run wild with this stunning and simple guide on how to make a paper boat.
This paper boat is so easy and cheap to make and is perfect for a bedroom centre piece, or smaller versions make for great party place settings. Make your room come alive with these stunning paper ships.
Personalise or decorate your paper boats with flags - you can even paint them in your favourite bright, striking colours.
Follow our step-by-step how to picture guide to fold your newspaper into a paper boat. A couple of simple wallpaper and washi tape additions transform a simple origami technique into a paper boat you'd proudly display in your home. It'll keep the little ones entertained for a couple of hours too.
To make a paper boat:
- Broadsheet newspaper
- Wallpaper scraps
- Bamboo skewers
- Strong glue
- Spot and stripe washi tapes
Instructions to make a paper boat:
1. Cut a sheet of newspaper down to approximately 35x45cm.
2. Fold the newspaper sheet in half (top to bottom). Then fold from side to side, to create a crease, and unfold.
3. Next, fold the top left tip downwards, so it touches the middle crease. Do the same with the top right tip.
4. Fold the bottom flap upwards, flip it over and fold the other bottom flap upwards. Insert your thumbs into the middle and pull outward. Press flat to create a square.
5. With the point of the open side facing toward you, lift one bottom flap and make it touch the opposite tip. Turn over and repeat – you should have a triangle.
6. Hold the two top tips and pull outwards to create a boat.
7. Cut two small rectangular pieces of wallpaper. Push a skewer through each piece to create a sail, then poke it down through the top of the boat and glue to secure.
8. Cut another skewer in half. Glue one half to each end of the boat. Stick strips of craft tape along a 50cm piece of string at intervals. Snip the tape into triangle. Sail away!
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Making an Easy Origami Boat
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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
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.
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
We get tons of queries about how to make a paper boat. So this blog post is dedicated to teaching you how to make a boat out of paper. Following our simple step-by-step guide, you will have a floating paper boat in a flash.
In folding a paper boat you will make a step in Origami technique ; a creative and innovative world of paper formatting. Origami is the Japanese name for the art of paper folding, and it has now become a beloved art form for people around the world. Origami has a history; the first use of the word “Origami” in Japan was not for our familiar recreational paper folding, but certificates. In Japan, there is an expression, Origami Tsuki , meaning “certified” or “guaranteed”.
The phrase stems from an ancient custom of folding certain special documents – such as diplomas for Tea Ceremony masters , or masters of swordsmanship – in such a way as to prevent unauthorized copies from being made. However, nowadays origami represents a creative way of spending time and a hobby for both adults and children.
How to Make a Paper Boat Step by Step
- Start from a rectangle. Fold in half.
- Fold in half again and unfold.
- Fold to the center.
- Fold the overlapping strip upwards.
- Fold corners backwards. Turn over.
- Fold strip upwards.
- Fold triangle upwards. Repeat behind.
- Open (like in the steps 7 and 8).
- Take upper corners and stretch out.
- Your boat is finished.
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All over the world, the rainy season will see many kids building boats.
These actually float!
They can also be waterproofed to last longer. Let's start folding.
Begin with a rectangular piece of paper.
Fold it in half as shown. Then partially fold it again, making a crease near the top:
Here you can see the crease in the photo below left. This helps you line up the corners which you fold down as shown below:
Now fold each edge of the paper upwards as shown. Use your fingers to open up into a hat! You can stop at the hat, or continue on to the boat.
Bring the corners of the hat brim towards each other. The edges of the brim will be pushed outwards. It's kind of like you're "squashing" the hat into a square:
Now take one lower corner of the square and fold it upwards. Flip the piece over and do the same for the other corner.
You now have a folded triangle. Open up the folded triangle, bring the corners together...
...again, "squash" the triangle into a square (below middle photo).
Now pull the outer corners of the square, one in each hand.
Keep pulling to unfold your boat.
We like to turn the boat over and expand the hole in the bottom. This will help it balance and float better.
Now we just need some water to float our origami boat !
Here is a video showing the folding of this origami boat.
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