I have memories of this origami boat as far back as 6 years old. My mom taught me how to fold it, and we took our boats to the creek behind our apartment to watch them sail. I distinctly remember also “finding” leeches on that trip too – the hard way. At the time, I was mesmerized by the nimbleness of my mom’s fingers as she folded the paper in on itself until suddenly it became a sailing vessel. It seemed like she was doing magic before my eyes, and I was totally entranced.
It turns out, this little boat is far, far older than my memories. According to Oragami-Resource-Center.com, there are decorative wood panels that features the boat among other origami shapes dating back to the 1700s. But don’t think this little guy has been collecting dust for all of those years.
In 2015, a group of students from Tottenham UTC made a giant version of this paper boat that was almost 11 feet tall and 12 feet long. The coolest part? They actually sailed it.
But wait! There’s more!
That same little boat origami, can actually make a bunch of things. I’ve created a printable download that creates a series of adorable puppets in addition to the classic boat. You can grab those below.
Want to make them with me?
This ancient origami project is going to be our first Real Talk Live Craft Along. (You can read more about that here.) If you want to join me, sign up below and grab your printables. We’ll chat, share some fails, and I’ll walk you through how to make each of these little treasures. It is the perfect beginner craft for kids, those out of practice, and all of those “I’m not crafty” types. And it’ll be fun!
This Live Craftalong was completed on June 27! Check out the video below!
Get real! (with me, LIVE!)
Spend some time following along in a funny, fail prone and relaxing craft. I'll send you the supplies, you just bring your smile and we'll make something beautiful!