Paper Balloon: How To Make Your Own

How to Make Your Own Origami Balloon

The key to any balloon is air, and that's the same for a paper balloon. The last step of this easy origami project is to blow up your paper balloon. Step 1: Using a square piece of paper, make two mountain folds as shown. Unfold the paper back into its original square when you’re done. A mountain fold is simple a fold that goes down (instead of up, like a valley fold) and makes a sort of mountain shape. mountain fold

Step 2:

Now you’re going to do two valley folds (folds that go up). Then unfold the paper into its original square, as shown below.

valley fold

Step 3:

Next, you’re going to pull the folded edges in, to start collapsing the paper, as you can see below:


Continue to collapse it, until it ends up in a shape that looks like this:


Step 4:

The next step includes 2 of the same folds on each side of the paper. On the front side, fold the corners up as shown:

fold corners

It should look something like this:

fold result

Then, flip it over and do the same on the other side.

other side

Step 5:

The next step is to fold the corners into the middle. You’ll be doing this on both sides as well. Let’s start with one side:

corners in

Then flip the paper over and do the same on the other side.

corner other side

Step 6:

Now, here’s the first tricky part. You’re going to take the bottom flap and tuck it into the pocket made by the flap above it…on both sides of your paper shape. To accomplish this, first fold each of the bottom flaps up. In the picture below, you can see the right side has been folded up.

right flap

Then we repeat the process on the left.

left flap

Now we’re ready to tuck those flaps into the flap above it. First on the right side.

insert right

And then on the left. Once you’re done, it should look something like this:

insert done

Flip it over and repeat the process on the other side. Once you’ve done both sides, the folding is done. Continue to the next step to find out how thing becomes a balloon.

Step 7:

When you look at the bottom of your shape, you’ll see a small hole where the folded paper comes together. Blow in it gently until it looks like a box or balloon shape.

blow up balloon

Your finished product will look something like this:


Now you know how to do origami and make your very own paper balloon.

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