Does your child dream of sailing the seven seas? Help fuel their imagination with this step-by-step guide on how to make a paper boat.
All you need to make paper boats for kids is a piece of paper and materials for decorating. Kids can use crayons, pens, and paints to craft their own pirate ship or fleet of battle ships. Before you know it, they’ll be playing captain in their very own sea adventures.
How to make a paper boat: step-by-step instructions
Making a paper boat can seem tricky, so it’s good to have some written instructions to follow.
- Lay out a rectangular piece of paper. If you are using patterned or printed paper, begin with the decorated side facing up so it will show on the outside of the boat
- Fold the sheet of paper in half from top to bottom to create a horizontal crease in the middle – the non-patterned side of your paper should now be visible
- Fold the top corners in towards the middle so that they meet. Leave 1-2 inches of space at the bottom. You should now have a triangle shape
- Fold the flaps at the bottom of the triangle shape up on both sides
- Pop out the middle to make a hat shape
- Using your fingers, open the hat shape out even more until it forms a square. Tuck the corners of one flap under the other
- Fold up the bottom flaps of the square on both sides so you are left with a triangle shape
- Pull out the middle of the triangle to form a square
- Pull out the middle of the square
- Press the shape flat
- Open out from the bottom to assemble your boat shape
- Ta-da! You now have a paper boat which your kids can decorate however they like!
You can get creative with paint and decorations to personalise your boat so it's ready to sail the seven seas! Always make sure to protect your surfaces when you're getting messy with decorating. Check out Cleaipedia's article on how to get paint out the carpet for paint that escapes!