Introduction: How to Make a Paper Water Balloon

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A paper water ballon is very versatile and can be used as anything from a decoration to a destructive water bomb.

Step 1: Fold the Paper Into a Triangle

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There will be a strip of excess paper that must be cut off. The dotted line in the picture is where to cut.

Step 2: Fold Into Triangle Again

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Unfold the paper into a square and repeat the last step folding the other way this time.

Step 3: Collapse Two Corners Inside and Form Another Triangle

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Collapse the two sides in and form another triangle.

Step 4: Fold Up the Lower Edges

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Fold up the lower edges to the top point. Do this on both sides. Then fold in the middle corner half way, do this four times.

Step 5: Fasten It Together

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Using the four small sections at the top of the paper fold each one into the middle corners that were folded in the last step.

Step 6: Finishing Up the Balloon

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There will be a hole at the top of the balloon. Blow air into it until full. If you want a more square balloon the fold the bottom an top edges at 90 degrees.

Step 7: Paint Balloon (optional)

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If your making lots of balloons and want different colors then you can lightly spray paint them from about 15-20 inches away.

Step 8: Filling the Balloon

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At the top of the balloon there will be a hole. Blow air or pour water directly into the hole while gently supporting the sides with your fingers.

Step 9: All Finished!!!

Be sure to use balloon shortly after filling to prevent leakage.


Orange robot (author)2017-03-09

Here's and idea:
Color the paper with crayon so that it will repel the water inside of it and keep it more waterproof

Shiv Patil (author)2016-04-20

It bursts with great power!

fraser02 (author)2016-03-27

These are very cool and easy, i have made them before...

bear in mind you don;t want to leave them filled for too long, or else the water will soak through, rip the paper and cause a nasty mess:)

SueHibbs (author)2016-03-24

These also make great "snowballs" for kids! On a day that they can't go outside, they can have a snowball fight! Did this with fifth graders and it was a riot!

wold630 (author)2016-03-24

How long does it take for them to start leaking? Seems much more sustainable to use paper than latex balloons.

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