Traditional Origami Sailboat

Traditional Sailboat

“Better drowned than duffers if not duffers won’t drown.”

-Arthur Ransome, Author of Swallows and Amazons

An Easy Origami Sailboat

The Traditional Origami Sailboat is an elegant model that is simple to make.  This design is not 3D, so unlike the Sampan, I posted instructions for recently, it won’t float.  Some of you might recognise this model as the logo for OrigamiUSA.

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Folding the Traditional Origami Sailboat

This is a simple origami model so it’s perfect for beginners.  Like most traditional origami, it can be folded out of just about any paper, although it looks best made from paper that is coloured differently on each side.  I have used Kami coloured on one side for the model pictured because I like the white sails against the coloured hull of the boat.

The traditional origami sailboat can be folded in less than five minutes.

Origami Sailboat Instructions

The origami sailboat is one of the models included in my new book, Origami Made Simple.  The book is designed for people that are new to origami so it includes written instructions along with the diagrams.  The 40 models in the book progress in difficulty with each chapter, starting at 10 steps or less, up to a maximum of 25 steps.

origami made simple book by russell wood

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More Origami Sailboats

Once you have mastered the traditional origami sailboat, you might like to try your hand at other similar models, like these:

  • A Money Origami Sailboat that is folded out of a dollar bill.  Get the instructions here.
  • A Business Card Origami Sailboat.  Get the instructions here.

Get Involved

I’d love to hear your views on this easy origami sailboat.  Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below, or you find can me on Instagram or Twitter. Check out my Pinterest boards too!


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About the Author


Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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