Making Paper Boats

Josie and I recently spent some time making and playing with paper boats.

Paper Boat Instructions

Paper Boat Instructions

There are lots of instructions for doing this on the net, but we felt a bit challenged, so when we finally got it right, we made our own :)

First we covered one side of the paper in wax crayon.

Then folded it in half, pattern side inwards.

With the ‘open’ edge at the bottom, fold the corners down to meet in the middle. We found it helped to ‘quarter’ the sheet lightly first, so we knew where to fold to.


Fold one bottom ‘lip’ upwards.

And fold the little corners that overhand the triangles over the back.

Turn it over and fold the other lip upward too.

Open the shape up into a ‘hat’ and fold it down in the other direction so that the corners which were at each end are now together.

It will look like this (you will have to provide your own finger).

Fold the corner at the bottom of the new diamond up to lie flat. Effectively you open up the shape into a square.

Turn it over and do the same.

As before, open it up from the bottom and flatten it in the opposite direction.

The two upper corners will be loose, almost like a pistachio shell. Grasp them and pull gently apart. The boat will open up in front of you :)

Josie made LOADS of these on her own. She was really interested by the idea of the wax and paper weights, so she made some in printer paper, some with wax crayon and some in heavy card and experimented with floating and sinking.