How to Make a Battle Ship Out of Paper

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To make a battle ship out of paper, begin with a piece of perfectly square paper, make several folds and strong creases, and include two smoke pipes on the ship for a fun detail. See how to fold an origami battle ship with instructions from a former middle school art teacher in this free video on paper crafts.

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Hi I'm Lynn Reynolds and I'm here to show you how to make a paper battle ship from a flat sheet of paper. Being fun it is kind of nice to have the colored paper but if all you have got is straight white that is fine. The clue is to have it exactly square. So lying down the color side I am going to take and fold it into a diagonal or a triangle here and make sure your creases are really really nice and sharp, open it up, crease it the other way, just like this so you have an X in the middle. Lying your paper down you are going to take one point, one of the corners and bring it in to the center of the X that you have just created and make sure that your creases are sharp. You can take and use like the edge of a ruler. You could also use a pencil something if your finger isn't working very well. So once I have established that first part because I want to line up this corner I am going to kind of hold my thumb there to help guide it, put it in the center, bring it down, crease it, turn, next corner up holding that other corner down, bringing it over, crease it and getting the last one up there and creasing that so you've got all the corners on both sides, turn it over. Now repeat the same thing, in to the center, creasing it. You have got to be careful so you don't catch those flaps that are inside there because you know it is kind of a double side here but if you guide it along it should work just perfectly fine. Bring it down, creasing it, two more corners. So you are now going to have these here and these flaps here but you have got one more step. You have already done this side and you are going to do what you just did one more time so for three times. So we have done our folds three times, same way flipping it over each time. We are going to flip it over one more time and what you are going to do is it doesn't make any difference which corner you take but you are just going to kind of guide, flip your thumb in and get your index finger up in here and open this up and bring it to your table or flat surface and flatten that down. Go on the opposite side as that and help bring this up, guide it, open it up, crease it and flatten it down. These will be, flattened out, these will be your smoke stacks for your battle ship. So you turn it and now you have these two parts while you are sticking your fingers in to bring it out, you are going to flatten it out this way, lay it down on the table, give it a little better crease and there is your battleship with two smoke pipes. This is Lynn Reynolds, hope you had fun time, I have.

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