Making Paper Boats

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


  8 comments for “Making Paper Boats

  1. April 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Lovely. Great explanation. Will be getting my little ones having a go.

  2. June 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks. ou made it easy. Now to show my little one.

  3. Jolly Ong II
    August 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for the instructions. Very helpful. Now my 6 year old boy is asking me to make a dozen. :)

  4. Aman
    August 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thanks a lot….

  5. carrie
    November 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Great instructions, me and my little ones are on our third boat and having lots of fun!!

  6. Kelly
    January 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Easiest instructions I’ve found, now to make heaps for all the kids at kindy :-)

  7. max
    March 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    really cool you dont have to cut it

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