Origami Rocket

This tutorial will show you how to fold an origami rocket – just in time for July 4th! It’s not too hard, either, which makes it great as a last-minute craft for kids. The rocket can lie flat to be glued on a flat surface, or stand on its own to be used as a table center piece. Use American-themed paper or colors for a festive touch. Add glitter for some glam. 🙂 Enjoy!

Every year for the 4th of July, my family gathers in New Jersey for a barbecue. There’s a plethora of food – mostly Chinese, but some American too. I always look forward to having hot dogs. I know they’re probably so bad for you, but it’s quite delicious if you ask me!

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Written Instructions

Warning: Written instructions may be confusing for beginners. They’re meant to be generalguidelines, and will often skip ahead! If you’re lost, refer to the video tutorial above, where I go into extreme detail. 🙂


  • 1 square sheet of paper (recommended size: 6″ x 6″)


1. Start with a waterbomb base.

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2. Fold flaps to center crease. Repeat on both sides. Unfold.
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3. Fold flaps upward to align with top tip.
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4. Squash fold to create two squares (one on each side). Repeat steps 2-4 on the other side!
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5. Maneuver flaps so that the side WITHOUT the squash-folded-squares are showing (image on left).
Fold flap, and align with vertical center crease (image on right). Repeat on both sides.
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6. Squash fold flaps to create triangles. Repeat on both sides.
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7. Fold center (triangle) flap upwards. Reverse fold. Tuck inside rocket from the bottom. Repeat on both sides.
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And you’re DONE! 🙂 Yay! Be sure to leave some love on YouTube. <3 

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