These instructions will show you how to fold an easy traditional origami boat. Most models begin with a square sheet of paper but this one uses a rectangle. A sheet of regular printer paper works fine and you don’t need to worry too much about the exact shape of the rectangle you use.

If you’re just starting out we recommend that you check out our Beginner’s Guide to learn all the basics first.

Boat Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half and then unfold it.

Boat Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half the other way.

Boat Step 3

Step 3) Fold the top corners down and to the centre.

Boat Step 4

Step 4) Fold the top layer of paper up along the dotted line.

Boat Step 5

Step 5) Fold the bottom layer of paper up and behind the model.

Boat Step 6

Step 6) Open up the paper the middle. Push in the sides while pulling the middle forward and back. Flatten everything.

Boat Step 7

Step 7) Fold the top flap of paper up along the dotted line then repeat behind.

Boat Step 8

Step 8) Pull the paper back out like you did in step 6.

Boat Step 9

Step 9) Pull both ends out.

Boat Step 10

The completed traditional origami boat

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