How to make an origami boat mobile

Create a shipshape hanging mobile by creating darling paper origami boats and clouds. You can easily scale the instructions up to create a larger origami boat, too!

How to make an origami sail boat mobile

Put the wind in your sails with this beautiful hanging mobile featuring origami clouds and sail boats, which you can craft from the patterned and white paper in your craft stash. You can find all the instructions to make these paper boats below. Use a lightweight paper for the origami boats (100gsm or less) as a thicker paper will make it hard to fold and more likely to crease.

Shopping list

  • Patterned papers
  • White card
  • White twine or string
  • Bone folder
  • PVA glue
  • Hole punch
  • Cord
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Step 1

Cut one 14.8x21cm and two 14x10cm pieces of patterned paper. Fold each in half with the pattern on the inside. Then bring the corners into the centre.

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Step 2

Fold flaps at the bottom on each side up so that the pattern is visible at the base of the triangle. Fold in the corners of the flaps to keep the triangle’s shape.

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Step 3

Pulling out both the front and back sections, open the triangle out along the longest edge and then flatten it into a square as shown.

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Step 4

Fold the patterned edge of the square all the way up to meet the white section. Repeat on the other side to form a smaller, patterned triangle.

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Step 5

Repeating the motion from step 3, take both sides of the triangle’s base, and open it up along the longest edge. Flatten into a square.

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Step 6

Gently pull the two flaps on either side of the square outwards from the top and flatten into a boat shape. Attach a 30cm piece of white twine to the white peak.

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Step 7

Fold two pieces of patterned paper in half and cut two triangles of slightly different sizes. Attach to create boat’s sail and cover twine. Repeat for smaller boats.

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Step 8

Draw and cut out six large cloud shapes from sturdy white card. Fold each of these in half and begin to stick cloud halves back to back.

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Step 9

Before sticking together the final two halves of the last clouds, add a piece of string (tie a loop at the top) down the centre of the clouds, along with the twine attached to the largest boat. Trim the cord and tie into a knot at bottom.

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Step 10

Draw and cut out 18 small cloud shapes and repeat the same process as for the larger cloud to make three small clouds. Attach a 15cm of twine down the centre of each cloud.

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Step 11

Cut out two white seagull shapes from white card. Score down the centre of each, add a piece of twine and stick the bodies together. Fold the wings down 1cm from their base for a 3D effect.

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Step 12

Punch seven holes into a large cloud, six along the edge of each panel and one at the centre of the panel. Thread twine through each of the punched holes, then attach the small boats, clouds and seagulls to the large cloud, to finish.

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