This origami speedboat is a beginner level project that should take approximately five minutes to complete. Follow all the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are sure that all previous steps have been correctly completed.
As with most origami projects you’ll need to locate a piece of paper that has been cut into a true square. If the dimensions of the paper are not accurate then your model will not fold correctly. A pre-cut square of origami paper or a square cut from a standard sheet of copy paper will both work well. Practice with plain paper until you are confident in your ability to fold this model correctly. Then, if desired, move on to any special colored or patterned paper.
You will also need to have access to an appropriate work surface. Folding against a surface that is hard and flat (table, floor, etc.) will allow you to evenly match up points and edges and make the sharp creases needed for a successful model.
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges 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 boat is facing down.
- Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
4, Bring the upper right point of the model down to the center, using the intersection of crease lines made in Steps 2 and 3 as your guide.
- Repeat Step 4 for the remaining upper left, lower left, and lower right points of the model. Turn the model over.
- Position the diamond-shaped model so that the edges are facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the top edge of the model down to the center, using the intersection of crease lines made in Steps 2 and 3 as your guide.
- Repeat Step 7 for the bottom edge to create a symmetrical model. Turn the model over and position it so that its long edges are facing up and down. Locate the four points that come together at the model’s center.
- Bring the left interior-point over to meet the left edge. Crease and leave folded.
- Repeat Step 9 for the right point to create a symmetrical model. Turn the model over.
- Position the model so that the short edges are facing up and down.
- Bring the upper left point down toward the center of the model. The left half of the upper edge will come down to lie along the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded.
- Repeat Step 12 for the upper right, lower left, and lower right points of the model.
- Bring the upper-left edge of the model down to meet the vertical center crease line and leave folded.
- Repeat Step 14 for the upper right, lower right, and lower left edges of the model. Turn the model over.
- Fold the model in half lengthwise, from left to right.
- Pick the model up and locate the three folded edges that make up its left edge. Pull the model apart at the two outer edges so that the center folded edge is flattened out. Your model should now be shaped like a boat.
- Very carefully turn the model inside out.
- Lift up one of the flaps at the end of the boat to create the boat’s windshield and to complete the model.