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Fold A Paper Mayflower Ship {Free Printable}

Posted by  ·  November 20, 2018  ·  Last Updated: March 16, 2019

Adorn your Thanksgiving table with a paper Mayflower Ship. Fill the origami Mayflower with a sweet treat and set at each place setting for a special favor. Your guests might also like this Thanksgiving Trivia and Conversation Starters. The kids will love these Thanksgiving coloring pages.

Paper folding is a fun activity! Have you ever tried making an origami crane? It would be another way to keeps hand busy after a family dinner.

paper origami mayflower ship on white plate

How to make an Origami Mayflower Ship

This paper Mayflower Ship is really easy to make when using the free printable papers and folding instructions. First, download the printable boat and sail papers. Print in color on regular copy paper. You can always use brown construction paper for the boat if you would rather.

Download  Mayflower Ship Printableprintable brown paper with anchor

For the top flag, there are some options for you to choose.  You might even consider adding a name to the plain ones.

Printable Mayflower Ship Sails

printable mayflower ship sails



Following the instructions below fold the brown paper.

paper boat folding instructions

How to fold a paper Mayflower Ship

  1. With printed side up fold the printable Mayflower Ship paper in half width-wise, with folded edge away from you.
  2. Fold in two top corners of the folded edge to meet at the middle, forming a triangle with a double-layer flap sticking out underneath.
  3. Fold front layer of the flap up to front; fold back layer flap up to back.
  4. Fold the end of the front flaps to the back.
  5. Fold the end of the back sides around to the front.
  6. 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.
  7. Fold front and back bottom corners of the diamond up front and back, respectively, to meet at the top corner.
  8. You should now have an open-bottomed triangle.
  9. Pull wings at top gently apart, forming half of the ship. You may need to pop up the center and smooth the sides to form the boat.
  10. Finished

Needing a bit extra help folding the origami Mayflower ship? No worries just watch the video.

Once you have folded the brown paper into a boat, cut out the sails.  Use a wooden skewer to attach the sails to the boat. Use a glue stick to attach the give thanks flag to the top.

paper mayflower ship sitting on white plate

A few fun facts about the Mayflower Ship

  • What year did the Mayflower set sail? 1620
  • How long did it take for the Mayflower to cross the Atlantic ocean? 66 days
  • How many babies were born on the Mayflower? Oceanus Hopkins (1620—1626) was the only child born on the Mayflower during its voyage.
  • Who is the captain of the Mayflower? Christopher Jones
  • What did the people on the Mayflower eat? The passengers brought dried meat and fish, grains and flour, dried fruit, cheese, hard biscuits, and other foods with them. They had to eat the food they brought until they could plant and harvest food.
  • The Mayflower Ship carried how many passengers? 102 passengers

Leave a Comment


  1. Ana
    Monday, December 24th, 2018
    Hi! Loved your idea, I'm trying to do it but I can't find the video as much as I look for it! Could you help me out?

    Btw I'm using the ship with a new concept, an Erasmus ship for an invisible friend game.
  2. Kris
    Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
    Do you happen to have the link to the video? I'm seem to be missing it!
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
      Hi Kris, the video is the second to last picture (click on the hands). Let me know if you don't see it.
  3. Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
    How do I get the free printable for the Mayflower Ship to print?
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
      Nancy, I forgot to add them! So sorry! Just click the link above the images.
  4. George
    Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
    Adding the names of guests on the sail as you mentioned it a great idea and use them as placecards at the dinner table! Those are fun!