Making an Easy Origami Boat

  • 01 of 07

    Step-by-Step Instructions

    Two origami traditional boats
    The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk

    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.

    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.

    For this origami boat, you need a rectangular sheet of paper. You can use regular white printer paper, letter paper, or any other size, just as long as it is rectangular.

    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.

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  • 02 of 07

    Make the First Folds

    Hands folding origami paper
    The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk
    1. Start with your rectangular paper, orient it vertically, with the long edges going up and down. 
    2. Fold the bottom half up to the top.
    3. 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.
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  • 03 of 07

    Creating a Triangle Shape

    Hands folding an origami boat
    The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk
    1. Using the crease as a guide, fold the left and right bottom corners up and to the middle.
    2. Flatten the folded pieces down.
    3. Rotate the paper.
    4. Fold one layer from the bottom up along the bottom of the front flaps.
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  • 04 of 07

    A Boat Begins to Take Shape

    Hands folding the origami traditional boat
    The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk
    1. Flip the paper over to the other side.
    2. Fold the bottom edge up in the same way.
    3. Unfold, and then fold the bottom right corner in along the crease you made.
    4. Repeat on the bottom left flap.
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  • 05 of 07

    Forming the Bottom of the Boat

    Hands shaping an origami boat
    The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk
    1. Re-fold the bottom edge back up.
    2. Open the bottom of the model.
    3. Look at the corners. Flatten and then insert the overlapping flap on the left underneath the right section.
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  • 06 of 07

    Final Folds

    Hands folding origami traditional boat
    The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk
    1. Fold one layer up to the top.
    2. Repeat on the back.
    3. Open the bottom of the model.
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  • 07 of 07

    Folded Boat

    Hands folding origami traditional boat
    The Spruce Crafts / Chrissy Pk
    1. Pull apart the left and right flaps.
    2. Flatten it out, in the shape of a boat
    3. Open it slightly. The triangle in the middle resembles a sail. And, you're done.

    You may want to shape the underside of the boat so that it can stand up.