Paper Boat


Fold Your Own Origami Boats, Ships and Yachts to Sail the High Seas!

boy-floating-paper-boatIf you are an aspiring seafarer, if you love the feel of wind in your hair and salt spray on your face, or if you just love mucking about in boats, then welcome to the fun world of paper boats. With the models shown in this section, you will be able to create your own nautical adventures on boating ponds, local streams, rivers, rapids, the beach, or even the high seas… be it your local swimming pool or in your bathtub.

These models are easy to make, some require scissors, some use two pieces of paper (for sail sections) and some are fold-only – so there is a level of skill for all the family. US Letter or A4 is mainly used, though some boats use bigger paper (A3, card, etc.). I encourage you to invent your own craft too since anything is possible with paper, or plastic sheeting for more permanent water use.

Inches and millimeters are used in various places throughout this chapter, so have a ruler handy that has both metric and imperial measurements. Finally, read the instructions carefully, practice the folds and don’t give up. Once you have mastered the basic steps, you won’t be left high and dry.


List of all Boats in this categoria:

Origami boat is one of the most important category in origami. Traditionally there are many kinds of Paper Boats and it is good to learn all of them since they contain very interesting folding techniques. There are also modern origami boats presented here.

BoatBox by Rachel Katz

Traditional Magic Boat

Origami Chinese Ship

A Giant Origami Boat

Traditional Paper Boat

Origami Catamaran


How to Make an Origami Boat

Are you fascinated of Origami Ships?

I am a child of a shipman and l was attracted by water and boats throughout my childhood. My parents were captains. As a child I accompanied my parents on their ship. lt was a wonderful time.

The hobby Origami accompanies me for years. I have leamed a lot of several books as well as of my parents and my aunt and many friends. ln this Section of boats l have chosen traditional models as well as own models and classic models, boats with big sails, all of then find on Internet. The simple boats with different degrees of difficulty are not meant only for playing but also for sail contests and transports of loads. Sailing boats made of AQUAPAPIER exhibit a characteristic. The boats made of AQUAPAPIER are water resistant, unsinkable and do not collapse. Also tlat and not swimmable boats are conceivable i.e. for holiday greetings or other opportunities.

l wish you much fun with folding and “action” with the boats.


Video Tutorial: How to Make a Paper Boat


Origami Paper Boat Tutorial

This is a very simple traditional paper boat model, the origami sail boat makes a sweet little decoration perfect as decor at a kids party, because they stand up, make great table place cards or, folded flat, use as a card embellishment!

You could also attach a long thread and use as a garland, hanging display or baby mobile, there are so many possibilities with this easy to remember origami model.

This craft project requires just one piece of square paper, it works best with origami paper that has a design or colour that is different on each side.

It’s easy to take a piece of paper and turn it into a boat. (Note: You may need to help younger kids with some of the folds. You can also make your own craft boat. The more boats the better for when we get to the boat-racing part!)

  • Step 1: Fold a letter-sized (8.5″ x 11″ or A4) piece of paper or cardboard in half, making a neat crease along the middle. Start by folding your paper in half.
  • Step 2: Fold the two corners of the folded edge inwards toward the middle, so that the top makes a point.
  • Step 3: Now, fold the bottom loose rectangular ends up toward the end of the triangles. Then turn the boat over and repeat on the other side. The boat should look like a hat. Fold the edges along the crease inward and then fold up the loose ends on both sides.
  • Step 4: Fold the bottom corners inward. Flip the boat over and fold the other side. Fold the bottom corners inward on both sides, so the paper is in the shape of a triangle.
  • Step 5: Next, open up the boat into the hat shape and then fold it over into a square. Fold the triangle back into a square.
  • Step 6: Fold the bottom flaps upward—toward the top corner—and form another triangle. Fold up the bottom flaps toward the top corner to form another triangle.
  • Step 7: Now take the triangle, shift it and make it into a square. (I know; again. Be patient, we are almost done.) Shift the triangle into another small square.
  • Step 8: Take the top corners and pull them down to reveal your origami boat.

Voilà! Your boat of paper!
There’s a lot of folding. A square. A triangle. Another square. Another triangle. Etc. Just be patient and watch the video again if you need to.


Follow Us on Twitter


Origami Categories:

For a easy search of the models, we divide the site into the following categories:

Related Post

Published by Origami-Kids on

Comments are closed.