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How to Make Kubo and the Two Strings Inspired Origami Boats (Plus Movie Ticket Giveaway)

How to Make Kubo and the Two Strings Inspired Origami Boats (Plus Movie Ticket Giveaway)

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Grab your bucket of popcorn and cinema tickets! Kubo and the Two Strings from animation studio LAIKA (makers of the Academy Award-nominated Coraline) hits cinemas Thursday 18th August, and it promises to be unforgettable!

Kubo, a scruffy street urchin in ancient Japan, ekes out a humble daily living, by mesmerising the townspeople of a small fishing village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales out of folded origami. By night he takes care of his mother as she slips into trances that seem ruled by the rising and setting of the moon.


But this relatively quiet existence is shattered when Kubo accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. On the run, Kubo joins forces with the fierce no-nonsense Monkey (Charlize Theron) and samurai Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest Samurai warrior the world has ever known. Kubo must find the coveted items left behind by his father. The Armor Impenetrable, The Sword Unbreakable, and The Helmet Invulnerable.

Inspired by this magical movie, I decided to explore the Japanese culture more over the weekend with my children, and what better way than try our hand at origami just like Kubo? The great thing about engaging in origami is that it gives you plenty of time to think as you carefully fold the paper in the tradition of the Japanese Master Craftsmen. And it’s great for fine motor skills too!

It also provides a great opportunity to talk about everything Japanese. What do you think of when we talk about Japan? Cherry blossoms, tea ceremonies, bonsai, the list is endless, perhaps you can look up Japan and look at all the beautiful pictures and have a lovely tea ceremony yourself!

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How to Make Origami Boats

What you need:
  • Pretty paper, not too thick as you need to be able to manipulate it, I downloaded my patterns from Pinterest (search: Japanese Papers)
  • String and needle to make the wall hanging

You can make these boats any size, these ones are A5. I got two from an A4 sheet of paper that I folded in half and trimmed off the white edges.

Kubo21. Fold the paper in half with the pattern facing in

2. Fold the corners in, making the top point at the creased end.

3. Fold the bottom up on both sides

4. Lift the middle and push both sides together so that the triangle is facing the opposite way.

Kubo and the Two Strings inspired origami boats 3

Kubo and the Two Strings inspired origami boats 4

5. Fold both points up lift the middle and push sides together.

6. Pull the ends apart and pull to get the boat shape.

7. You have a boat!

8. You can then get some string and a needle and thread your boats together to make a beautiful wall hanging!

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How pretty in the nursery or even the bathroom to add an exotic nautical look for any room. I made mine with my 11 year old and had no problems but even much younger children will enjoy simply sailing the boats down our wintery creeks.


Mums Lounge have 10 family passes (2 adults and 2 children) valed at $80 each to see Kubo and the Two Strings in the cinema to giveaway! For your chance to win simply complete the entry form below. Good luck!

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