Mini-Dadventures:
Paper Boat

 

Sail on the high seas of imagination and make a boat from a single sheet of paper. All you need are a few basic materials and patience. Once you’ve completed your paper boat, why not try floating it in a bowl of water?

What you’ll need:
1 x sheet of coloured paper
1 x cut out diamond shape
1 x cocktail stick or wooden skewer
1 x pair of scissors
1 x glue stick

What you need to make a paper boat

STEP ONE
Fold your sheet of coloured paper in half to make a crease, from top to bottom.

Step 1: how to make a paper boat

STEP TWO
Fold the paper in half again, but this time from right to left. Unfold – a crease should be visible once you open the paper out again.

Step 2: How to make a paper boat

STEP THREE
Fold the top two corners down so they line up with the centre crease created in the previous step. There should be a space of between one and two inches below these folds. Now separate the two flaps left at the bottom of your paper and fold them up against the bottom of the triangle. Et voila, you’ve made a paper hat.

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STEP FOUR
Fold in the corners that are sticking out over the triangle. Make sure you do this on both sides.

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STEP FIVE
Push gently on either side of the triangle. This will result in the triangle popping into a square shape without you having to apply too much pressure. Fold one of the bottom points of the square up, aligning it with the top corner. Once you’ve done this, flip the paper over and repeat on the other side. You paper will now be triangular.

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STEP SIX
Open up the bottom of the triangle with your fingers. The bottom corners should now line up to form the bottom point of a square diamond.

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STEP SEVEN
Gently pull the two triangular flaps on each side of the square apart, so that the diamond opens to form a boat.

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STEP EIGHT
To add the final flourishes, use a cocktail stick or short wooden skewer as a flag pole. Gently push the skewer through the paper to secure it.

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STEP NINE
Use the glue to stick the cut out diamond shape together around the wooden skewer.

Step 9: How to make a paper boat

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