Introduction: How to Make a Floating Paper Boat

This is a simple 10 step process of how to make an origami floating paper boat.

Here are a few key points to remember:

  • Do not worry if your paper boat leans towards its side
  • Please follow the steps at your own pace

Step 1: Step 1

Fold your construction paper hot dog style.

Step 2: Step 2

Unfold paper and refold the paper hamburger style, you should have an X and Y-axis on the paper. (4 quadrants)

Step 3: Step 3

Flip the paper (still in hamburger style) 180 degrees so that the opening is facing you. Then fold down the top left and right corners along the middle crease (in a triangular form) allowing about 1 ½ in. of unfolded space.

Step 4: Step 4

Take the extra 1 ½ inches of unfolded paper and fold up over the triangles on the front and backside. (It should resemble a paper hat)

Step 5: Step 5

Looking at the paper hat figure, take the top left corner of the rectangle paper and fold away from you along the triangles edge. Take the back left corner of the rectangle and fold towards you, overlapping the fold previously made. Repeat the same steps for the right side corners.

Step 6: Step 6

Pick up the paper and rotate 45 degrees, use your thumbs to open up the folds to create a diamond like figure. Once in the diamond shape squish it to make a square. (May need to turn it back 45 degrees to see the square figure) Press down along the creases to keep the square shape.

Step 7: Step 7

Arrange the paper so that the opening is facing you. Fold one flap upwards to match the top corner, flip paper over and repeat with the other side. You should have a triangle figure.

Step 8: Step 8

Repeat step 6. Should have a smaller square/diamond figure.

(Step 6) Pick up the paper and rotate 45 degrees, use your thumbs to open up the folds to create a diamond like figure. Once in the diamond shape squish it to make a square. (May need to turn it back 45 degrees to see the square figure) Press down along the creases to keep the square shape.

Step 9: Step 9

Turn the square to a diamond shape and pull apart the top of the triangles so that 3 triangles appear (2 on the sides 1 in the middle). Gently pull the two side triangles away from each other and press down on the bottom crease so that the boat is stronger.!

Step 10: Step 10

Place in water and watch your boat float!

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wold630 (author)2016-03-03

Looks like a cool boat! Not sure how well construction paper would hold up in water!

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