This origami sailboat is a very simple project that should only take the beginner a few minutes to complete. Read through each step carefully and only move on to the next step when you are certain that all previous steps have been correctly completed. Origami is not a hobby that requires a lot of supplies or equipment. You’ll need a piece of paper that has been cut into a perfect square and a place to work.
Practice folding your sailboat with just about any type of paper that you happen to have on hand. Start out with a plain, white copy paper (or similar) first and then move on to special patterned or colored paper, if desired. The paper you choose should be heavier in weight than the average sheet of notebook paper.
You need a work surface that is stable, hard, and flat. This type of surface will allow you to make the accurate folds and sharp crease necessary for the successful completion of your model. Either a table or hardback book will work well as a folding surface. Run a ruler or pencil edge over each crease as you work for even sharper creases.
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the sailboat is facing down.
- Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
- Position the square so that its edges are now facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded. You will now have a rectangular-shaped model.
- Grasp the model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
- Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing away from you.
- Bring the top point (top layer only) down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Bring the top point back along the crease line you just made to tuck into the interior of the model. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Step 8. The top half of the diamond shape will now be divided into two triangles.
- Bring the top point of the right triangle down to meet the model’s bottom point. Crease and leave folded. Bring just the point back up toward the top of the model to meet the model’s horizontal center. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the bottom edge of the flap created in Step 10 up and over into the interior of the model. Press flat. Turn the model over.
- Bring the bottom point of the model up to meet the horizontal center. Crease and leave folded.
- Turn the model over to complete the sailboat.