The Boat Base

The boat base is a less common, but still important, origami base. It is rather simple, and can be used to fold a variety of origami models. It is also used to help make the pinwheel base.


Step 1: Start with your piece of paper color side down


Step 2: Crease the paper by valley folding the paper in half horizontally and vertically


Step 3: Crease the diagonals


 Step 4: Valley fold the right and left edges to the center


Step 5: Valley fold the top and bottom edges to the center


Step 6: Partially unfold the top flap


Step 7: Valley fold the point at my index finger to the point at my thumb...



... like this:



Step 8: Do the same on the other side and squash fold the flap flat

 It should look like this:

Step 9: Rotate the model 180 degrees


Step 10: Repeat steps 6-9 on the new top part to complete your boat base!


Models requiring Boat base:

The Butterfly
The Pinwheel Base
Note: There are more models folded from first a boat base, then a pinwheel base. I listed these models under the instructions for The Pinwheel Base.

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