Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Learn how to fold these beautiful origami boats!
Ages: 5 - 11
30 minutes - 1 hour
A little messy
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.
Fold the paper in half to form a crease, and then open it.
Fold the paper in half downwards.
Bring the corners to the center crease.
Fold the uppermost layer on the bottom up, then turn over and do the same on the back. Now you have a pirate hat!
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.
Fold the bottom corner of the square up to the top, then turn over and do the same on the back.
Take the edges of your triangle and bring them to the center to meet again, forming another square. Press the creases firmly to flatten.
Gently pull the top corners outward. Pull it all the way flat and crease the folds.
Then open your form out again, forming a boat.
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.
Ta-da! Your very own tiny boat!