How to Make an Origami Boat That Floats

You don’t have to be an expert to make an origami boat that floats on water. There are several different books and craftsmen who will teach you different ways to make an origami boat; the one discussed below is the simplest of them all. You just need to make a few folds and your boat will be complete. Then you can use different colors in order to give your boat the design that you wish for.

Things Required:

– 8 ½ x 11 inch paper
– Crayons/Markers


  • 1

    Grab a sheet of 8 ½” x 11” of paper and fold it in half. Make a crease from the folded edge so there is a horizontal line passing from between the paper.

  • 2

    Now make another crease by folding the folded page from one side to the other. Once the crease has been drawn, unfold the paper.

  • 3

    Join the top left corner of the paper to the center crease which you drew in the second step. Once you have folded the paper, make a crease.

  • 4

    Repeat the third step but this time with the right top corner after turning the paper. Make sure you make a crease after the fold. Notice how the top of the paper is making a triangle.

  • 5

    Now fold the edge right at the bottom and make a crease once the fold is complete.

  • 6

    Turn the paper again and repeat the previous step.

  • 7

    Pick up the boat with the triangle pointing down and put your thumbs inside the little opening which would be at the bottom.

  • 8

    Pull out both the sides and make a rhombus.

  • 9

    The opened side of the boat should be placed on a flat surface, facing down. Now use the bottom flaps so they can touch the tip of the boat and once you have made the fold, make a crease.

  • 10

    Now turn the boat over again and repeat the same steps by using the remaining flaps. Always make a crease on the fold. Eventually you will notice that the whole boat will be triangular shaped.

  • 11

    Now put your thumbs inside the opening and form another rhombus by pulling the whole thing out.

  • 12

    Grab the outer edges with your thumbs and index fingers, and pull the whole shape out as much as you can. Try not to tear the paper.

  • 13

    Once the boat is flat, crease all the folds which you have made.

  • 14

    Make a wider base so the boat can float. Do this by putting your fingers inside the little opening at the bottom and making the gap wide.

  • 15

    Use crayons, markers or paints in order to add a desired color to your boat.

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