Sail Boat Napkins

13 Nov

Sail boat napkin

When my wife decided to throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, she asked me to make boats out of paper napkins. What do you mean, boats out of napkins!? Ummm, napkins (especially paper ones) definitely do not float. However, it turns out that for hundreds of years, people in Japan have been successfully turning paper into all sorts of things, including boats . . . Origami! Of course!

Nautical Place Settings

Sure enough we found an origami tutorial to create sail boats out of square paper. Without too much difficulty, I adapted the instructions for use on our square paper napkins, and was soon whipping out sail boat napkins that Jennifer used in the shower place settings. While napkins are slightly more difficult to work with than origami paper, after a couple, you’ll be folding them like a pro. And of course the same idea would work well with many other origami patterns. Here are step-by-step instructions for the sail boat:

sail boat napkin origami

1. Completely unfold the napkin to form a large square.

sail boat napkin origami

2. Fold the upper left corner down to the lower right corner.

sail boat napkin origami

3. Unfold and rotate the napkin 90 degrees (in either direction).

sail boat napkin origami

4. Fold the lower left and upper right corners into the middle.

sail boat napkin origami

5. Bring the upper left and lower right corners together, folding in the upper and lower halves of the diagonal so that the triangles in the lower left and upper right come together.

sail boat napkin origami

sail boat napkin origami

6. Fold down the left flap down to the bottom point.

sail boat napkin origami

7. Fold the left flap back up, creasing about half an inch below the center line.

sail boat napkin origami

8. Tuck the bottom portion of the left flap behind the center line.

sail boat napkin origami

9. Fold the bottom of the diamond to the center.

sail boat napkin origami

10. Flip the sail boat over. Anchors aweigh!

sail boat napkin origami

One Response to “Sail Boat Napkins”

  1. kathy 17. Nov, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Wow, I didn’t know it took so many steps for each!

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