Text-Only Instructions -

Credits and Resources:

This is a traditional model.

Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found here at

The instructions outlined below will result in a colored boat with white sails if double-sided paper is used.

It has been designated as Method 1 since there are more than one way to fold this specific sailboat, so a folder may learn one or more methods that can be used to fold the same model.

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 11

Description: This is a simple sailboat with two raised sails. It should be able to stand upright on a flat surface while the bottom of the boat forms a pocket at the front and a flap folded towards the back, forms a stand for the boat.


Kids can decorate the boat, glue it onto a card or it can be secured in an upright position on top of a present.

It can also be used as place cards or name cards.

For a little gift, something small could be tucked into the bottom of the boat.

A large boat could serve as a stand for a photo.

For fun, have a race. Write a child's name on each boat and place the boats in an upright position. Move the boats across a flat surface by blowing.

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side up before starting to fold.

This will result in a colored boat with white sails.

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape.

Step 2

Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded.

You should have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the open point facing away from you.

Step 3

Fold the bottom left point of the triangle over to meet the bottom right point in order to create a center vertical crease line.

Crease lightly and unfold.

Step 4

Now grasp the left bottom corner of the triangle and fold it upwards and inwards to lie along the vertical center crease and meet the top point of the triangle.

Step 5

Repeat with the bottom right corner.

You should have a diamond-shaped model with two flaps that are lying along the vertical center crease line of the model.

Step 6

Next, unfold both triangular flaps you have just created. Notice that a two-layered diamond shape has now been revealed at the center of the model.

Step 7

Fold down the top point, top layer only, of this diamond, so its point meets the bottom center of the model, just where the two triangular flaps meet.

Step 8

Fold both bottom points of your triangle back up again along the folds you have already created in Step 4 and 5.

Turn over the model.

Step 9

Bring the point that is left at the top of your model down to meet its bottom.

You should have a boat-shaped triangle at the bottom with two triangles, the sails, at the top.

Turn the model over.

Step 10

Fold both layers of the bottom triangular point of your model upwards, just enough to create a fairly straight line at the bottom of the boat. This flap will also form a stand at the back of the boat for display purposes.

Step 11

Turn your model over once again and you should have a sailboat with a fairly flat bottom, rounded sides, two sails on top and a piece of paper at the back of the boat that could serve as a stand for your model.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2009

Revised: July 2022