How to make origami boats

 

 

 

Origami boat is one of the most important category in origami.

Traditionally there are many kinds of origami boats and it is good to learn all of them since they contain very interesting folding techniques. There are also modern origami boats presented here.

 

 

 

Traditional

Easy Origami Boat

traditional easy origami boat
Level

Beginner

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This traditional easy origami boat might be the simplest origami boat you will ever fold. In this instruction, there are six steps to complete this model. However, if you become an expert, you will only need two steps to make it. Those steps are one valley-fold and one outside reverse-fold. This is a good example to learn the folding technique of outside reverse-fold. If you want, you can try this boat on the water. It actually floats

 

Traditional

Origami Catamaran

traditional origami catamaran
Level

Beginner

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The folding technique that you will learn from this origami catamaran is inside reverse fold. You will apply two inside reverse folds to this model.

 

Traditional

Origami Magic Boat

traditional origami magic boat
Level

Beginner

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What you will learn from this magic boat is gate-fold and it is very similar to the traditional origami catamaran in the initial sequence of folding. The most interesting feature of this model is that you can perform a magic in front of your friend with this boat.

 

 

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Origami Sailboat

origami sailboat
Level

Beginner

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You will be starting with a square-base with this origami sailboat. It is very easy to follow. Once we complete making the traditional origami sailboat, you can stop there. However, an instruction to make a modified version of this sailboat will be given afterwards

 

Traditional Origami Sailboat

traditional origami sailboat
Level

Beginner

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This traditional origami sailboat is one of easiest origami models you could make. You will learn a special folding technique to open a pocket.

 

Traditional Origami Steamboat

traditional origami steamboat
Level

Beginner

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This traditional origami steamboat is very interesting model to work on. This is a good example to learn the folding technique called "squash-fold".

 

 

Traditional Origami Steamboat II

traditional origami steamboat2
Level

Beginner

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This traditional origami steamboat with double smokestacks is very close to the traditional origami chair. They share the same folding steps up to the step #10 by applying cushion-fold three times

 

Traditional Origami Sampan Boat

traditional origami sampan boat
Level

Beginner

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The origami sampan boat showing here has an impressive folding technique called "locking fold". This technique alone can be an exciting learning experience.

 

Traditional Origami Motorboat

traditional origami motorboat
Level

Beginner

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This traditional origami motorboat is similar to the traditional origami sampan boat. Two model share the same folding technique of opening a pocket. However, there is a difference. This origami motorboat has two nice decks.

 

 

 

Traditional

Paper Boat

traditional paper boat
Level

Beginner

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The most important technique that you should remember is the "pocket fold" which will be applied twice to make this boat. The most fascinating feature of this boat is that if you apply the "pocket fold" three times (that is, one more time) , then you can make a smaller size (about 2/3) boat with an identical shape of the original boat.

 

Traditional

Origami Junk Boat

origami junkboat
Level

Beginner / Intermediate

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This origami junk boat is a traditional model. It is advised to use a paper not easily tearable.

This means that a typical origami paper is not recommended.

 

Long Origami Canoe

origami long canoe boat
Level

Beginner

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The special folding technique is being used for this origami boat is the inside reverse fold. Excep that, it is fairly easy to fold this long canoe.

 

 

 

Origami Reed Boat

 

origami reed boat
Level

Beginner

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This origami reed boat is fairly easy to fold. The special folding techniques you will learn from this origami boat is the inside reverse fold and a curved mountain-fold.

 

 

Large Origami Sampan

 

origami large sampan boat
Level

Beginner

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The large sampan boat is based on Fish Base and it is larger than the traditional sampan by about 40%.

 

 

Inflatable Origami Boat

inflatable origami boat
Level

Beginner

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Inflatable origami boat requires you to learn both gate-fold and inside reverse fold. Other than that, it is a simple boat to fold with.

 

 

 

Origami Catamaran Boat

origami catamaran boat

 

Level

Beginner

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The folding technique that you will learn from this origami catamaran boat is squash-fold. You will need to apply four squash-folds to this model.

 

Origami Catamaran Boat II

origami catamaran2 boat

 

Level

Beginner

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This origami catamaran boat II is a little more complicated compared to a regular catamaran boat since the front side is slander than the back side.

 

Simple Origami Catamaran Boat

simple origami catamaran boat

 

Level

Beginner

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This simple origami catamaran origami boat is different from the traditional one in folding sequence although the shape is very similar. One special folding technique you will need to know for this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

 

Simple Origami

Noah's Ark

simple origami Noah's ark
Level

Beginner

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This simple origami Noah's ark is a simple version of origami Noah's ark. There is no special folding technique involved with this model.

 

Origami Magic Boat

 

origami magic boat
Level

Beginner

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This origami magic boat starts from 8x8 matrix base. Its function is similar to the traditional magic boat. However, it is a bit skinnier compare to the traditional one.

 

Wide Origami Boat

 

origami wide boat
Level

Beginner

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This wide origami boat simulates a boat with a wide width. The special folding techniques that you will learn from this origami boat are inside reverse fold, squash-fold, and petal-fold.

 

 

Origami Gondola Boat

 

origami Gondola boat

 

Level

Intermediate

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The origami Gondola boat is consist of (1) boat, (2) four chair, and (3) stand. The boat itself is derived from a long canoe. It will take 16 steps to make a boat stand while 31 steps for Gondola chair. Since you have to go through 21 steps for this instruction, the total steps for making three models will be 68.

 

Origami Boat Stand

 

origami boat stand

 

Level

Beginner

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You can use this origami boat stand for both origami boat and plastic model boat. You will be starting with Z-fold initially. One special folding technique you would learn from this model is inside reverse-fold.

 

Origami Heart Boat

 

origami heart boat

 

Level

Beginner

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The upside-down side view of the origami heart boat resembles a heart shape.

 

 

Heart Origami Boat

 

heart origami boat

 

Level

Intermediate

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This heart origami boat starts from 4x4 matrix base. The special folding techniques that you need to learn for this model are squash-fold, inside reverse-fold, open sink-fold, closed-open sink-fold, and open-closed sink-fold.

 

New Origami Sampan Boat

new origami sampan boat
Level

Beginner

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This new origami sampan boat is easier to fold compared to the traditional sampan boat. It is free from the special folding technique called "locking fold". I think it is a better looking interior of boat too.

 

Origami House Boat

 

origami house boat
Level

Beginner

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This origami house boat simulates a real house boat. One special folding technique you would learn from this model is outside reverse-fold.

 
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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