Introduction: Origami Sailboat

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These instructions are oddly specific. That is because they were written for a task analysis assignment for a special education class. They are very specific, but that was done on purpose.

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Get out origami paper.

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Choose which colour you would like to fold your sail boat out of.

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Pick just one piece of Origami paper.

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Every time you make a fold, be sure to make a solid crease by holding it against the table and running your finger along it firmly.

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Hold paper gently in both hands in front of you, coloured side you.

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Being careful to line up the corners, fold the paper in half diagonally to form a triangle, color side in. This is “fold A.” Remember to make solid creases in your paper!
The white side of the paper should be facing out.

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Set paper on the table with the largest angle pointing up. (Like a mountain)

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Hold the paper steady with your left hand.

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Locate the right edge of the top layer.

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Being careful to line up corners, fold the paper so that they right edge lines up with the bottom edge. This is “Fold B.”

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Flip the paper to the other side.

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Turn paper so large point is on top.

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Steady paper with your right hand.

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Being careful to make sure the corners line up, use your left hand to fold the left edge to the bottom edge. This is “Fold C”

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Unfold only “fold A”. Fold B and C should remain folded.

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Hold the paper in front of you with the skinner angle pointed down. The flaps should be in the back and no white should be visible

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Fold the bottom corner to the top corner. You should now have a pentagon!

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Flip paper over to reverse side.

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There are two long sides and two short sides, point to them.

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There is a vertical center crease. Find that also.

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On the right, fold the short side so that it lines up with the center crease.

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One the left, do the same thing, fold the short side so it line up with the center crease.

We now have a thinner pentagon!

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With your right hand grab the top triangle, but only the top most layer.

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Pull back the top layer till it is stopped by another fold.

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Form a crease there.

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Undo that fold slightly so that your new sail sticks up from the body of the boat at a right angle.

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Gently curl the front of your boat upwards. The easiest way to do this is to curl it around your index finger. It will look like an elf shoe.

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Set boat on table, front facing away from you

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Gently blow on sail until the boat sails forward and off the desk.


mulesaremylife (author)2014-11-03

I have never done origami before this is sooooo cool!!!!!

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