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Ahoy! Learn to Fold a Toilet Paper Origami Sailboat

How to make an origami toilet paper sailboat (It's really easy.)

You have absolutely nothing better to do right now than jump up, run to the nearest bathroom and learn how to fold a toilet paper origami boat. Seriously. Bonus points if you’re near a public bathroom and you just hang out there re-folding the toilet paper every time someone leaves the stall.

I’m going to let you know right now that I happen to enjoy the crispy, cheap toilet paper instead of the creepy fluffy stuff that feels like I want to punch it, so I can’t attest to how this will hold up on that.

For as easy as this looks, and it is once you have the hang of it, you first few boats will look like utter crap. (I couldn’t resist a poop reference in this post.) Practice a bunch of times until you figure out the proportions you like for the sail to hull ratio, the fatness or thinness of the sail, etc. You’ll see which folds affect what as you practice.
toilet paper origami sailboat failures

I found it strangely satisfying to focus on this one simple activity for a while until I mastered it, because my brain has become so sadly unused to focusing on anything.

Instructions For the Toilet Paper Origami Sailboat:

  1. Unfold a section of toilet paper up against the wall.
  2. Fold down the 2 corners toward you to meet in the middle.
  3. Fold the whole piece back down onto the roll and fold back the 2 edges to make a new point. You can kinda see what’s going on in the photo, but I recommend you watch the video to see this fancy move more clearly.

How to make an origami toilet paper sailboat (It's really easy.)

4. Fold this whole piece back up the roll at the top of this v-shape so you see your original folds.
5. Fold the bottom edge of the t.p. up to just cover the bottom edges of these folds.
6. Fold the little bottom corners under.
7. Now say ‘toilet paper origami sailboat’ 5 times fast.

How to make an origami toilet paper sailboat (It's really easy.)

Bonus: This will totally get you invited back to the boyfriend’s house for another dinner. Or you can amuse yourself in the bathroom stall at Target while your 3 year old is trying to poop for 25 minutes.

Here, have a video. it’s easier to see the steps, and I have a special thumbnail with the remains of some random pink nail polish on it.

Here is the nautical shot I took:

How to make an origami toilet paper sailboat (It's really easy.)

Like strange origami projects? I also have a lovely origami giraffe for you to make.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Thank you for the VIDEO! I have tried this several times without success. I’m traveling this week and can’t wait to whip this up in my hostess’s guest bathroom during my stay.

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