Nur’s Nook: Make an Origami Friend-SHIP

Make a sweet gift for a friend

Bon Voyage! With excitement, you set sail on an ocean adventure. Eager and nervous, you wonder about your journey: “Will the weather let me stay on course? Will people be friendly? Did I prepare well enough?”

In a similar way, friendships can take us on fun-filled expeditions or into stormy seas. With an open mind and a kind heart, you’ll discover when to make waves and when to go with the flow. You’ll also be ready to navigate obstacles you meet.

If your plans with a friend get blown off course, stay positive and calm. If someone’s upset with you, listen respectfully and try to see their point of view. If your friend’s spirit sinks, you can offer the lifesavers of love and encouragement.


You’ll Need: 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" (19 x 24 cm) sheet of colorful paper, thin twine, life ring-shaped mints, pen, 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" (6.3 x 3.8 cm) paper triangle, toothpick, nontoxic thick white glue

Step 1. Fold paper in half so short ends meet.



Step 2. Fold down top corners so they meet.



Step 3. (A) Fold top rectangle flap up. Fold its corners down to meet triangle’s edges.


(B) Flip paper over and repeat folds.



Step 4. Push triangle’s closed sides together until creases meet at center lines to form diamond shape. Press flat.



Step 5. (A) Fold upper flap up and crease it at diamond’s center.


(B) Flip paper over and repeat fold.



Step 6. On triangle’s open base, press corners in to meet, so paper forms diamond shape. Press flat.



Step 7. (A) Pull diamond’s flaps down to sides. Press flat.


(B) Open sides and base slightly, so ship stands up.



Step 8. Put twine “rope” and candy “life rings” in boat. For flag, write “FriendShip” on paper triangle. Glue triangle to toothpick, then glue flag to ship.


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