Introduction: Fortune Boats

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Follow this instructable by our HSBC Designer in Residence Lao Jianhua and make colourful fortune boats to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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Step 1:

Take a square piece of coloured paper. If you want to, you can write a wish for the new year on one side. If your paper is only coloured on one side, make sure you write on the white side.

Step 2:

Place your paper coloured side down and fold it in half to make a triangle.

Step 3:

Unfold and repeat for the opposite side.

Step 4:

Using the previous lines as guides, fold in each of the corners. Repeat for each of the four corners until you form a smaller square.

Step 5:

Take each point and fold it in half inwards.

Step 6:

Fold the whole piece in half, with the folded pieces on the inside.

Step 7:

Fold each side back on itself. You should be able to see the edges of the triangles you made before forming smaller triangles on each of the corners.

Step 8:

Fold each of the four smaller triangles downwards.

Step 9:

Make two diagonal folds from the edges to the middle on each side.

Step 10:

You should now have a big shallow triangle on each side. Take the top point of each and fold it back to the flat edge.

Step 11:

Carefully turn the boat inside-out.

Step 12:

Lift the corners.

Step 13:

Give the final touches by pushing the bottom of the boat out with your fingers.

Step 14:

Ready for sailing!