How to make a traditional origami sampan boat

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origami sampan boat


Level Beginner
Copyright Traditional

This page is for those who want the instruction to fold an origami sampan boat.


The origami sampan boat showing here has an impressive folding technique called "locking fold". This technique alone can be an exciting learning experience. I just want to let you know that a advanced origami model called "New Kawasaki Rose" incorporates this folding technique at the end.


Before working on this model, you need to know what valley-fold and mountain-fold are. If you know these two folding techniques, then you will have no problem in making origami boat.


If you are ready, then let's get started.


If you find any bugs on this instruction, please send an email to HyoAhn's email.


You may use any kind of paper to fold this boat. It is a little easier if the front and the back side of the paper are slightly different whether it be in texture or color.

Make sure the paper that you use is a square (all sides are equal and all the angles equal 90 degrees). The paper I am using here is 20cm x 20cm square one. It is a good size for those who are not expereienced in paper folding. If you are become familiar with this model. Then you can try smaller size paper.

traditional origami sampan boat: front side of paper


This is the front side of paper.


It is the shinnier side.

traditional origami sampan boat: back side of paper


This is the back side of paper.



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