Tip your hat to the Pilgrims with a ship constructed using a simple origami boat fold, and stocked with tools for decorating the butcherpaper "tablecloth."
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What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Fold butcher paper in half width-wise, with folded edge away from you.

Step 2

Mark middle of folded edge with a crease. Fold in two top corners of folded edge to meet at middle, forming a triangle with a double-layer flap sticking out underneath.

Step 3

Fold front layer of flap up to front; fold back layer flap up to back.

Step 4

Take hold of center front and back of triangle and pull apart, pushing in opposite corners so they lie flat against each other, creating a diamond shape.

Step 5

Fold front and back bottom corners of diamond up front and back, respectively, to meet at top corner. (You should now have an open-bottomed triangle.)

Step 6

Pull triangle open, flattening into a diamond as in step 4.

Step 7

Pull wings at top gently apart, forming half of ship. (You may need to pop up the center and smooth the sides to form the boat.).

Step 8

Snip center of ship and slip in dowel for mast (use a dab of clay to stick dowel to table). Cut out square scrapbook-paper sails; make slits in top and bottom, and slide them onto dowel.

Step 9

Top mast with a scrapbook-paper flag; secure it with double-stick tape. Tie on twine covered in triangular scrapbook-paper flags: Fold scrapbook paper, cut out triangles, and adhere to string with a small dot of glue.


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