This is my very first Instructable. While I expect to publish a number of projects I’ve done over the years, I thought I’d start out with something extremely simple. Don’t expect my future posts to be this easy!

When I was little, my dad used to make these neat paper balloons for us to play with. He taught me how to do it in about 5 minutes when I was 10 or so. Since then I’ve always been able to impress the kids (My own and those of my friends.) with this little feat, although, I’ve never succeeded in teaching others how it’s done.

Hopefully this tutorial will show others how to easily impress their friends and kids. It’s actually very easy, but until you’ve made two or three, it won’t seem that way. The most important thing to remember is that every step after the third has to be repeated four times and the folds should be as exact as you can do.

Tools? There are none. Only your hands and a sheet of paper. This also makes it more impressive when the kids watch you make it. It’s almost like a magic act. If your paper isn’t square to begin with, you’ll do a little tearing in step 2. While you could use scissors, it would take away from the performance.

I’ve created a printout that should help you the first couple of times. This printout covers an entire 8.5 x 11 sheet and should be printed with a printer that can print to the edge of a standard sheet of paper. My Epson printer does this nicely. Don’t try to get the folds to match up exactly with the lines. It’s more important that the folds be in the exact centers. Remember that it’s most impressive when you can perform the process with a blank sheet of paper. Almost any size will do.

Step 1: Fold the Diagonals

Fold the paper diagonally toward the back of the paper, so that the top and side exactly line up. This is so the edge of the fold, when opened is toward you. Sharpen the edge with your forefinger and thumbnail. Note that all folds should be as sharp as possible. Open the paper and repeat this step with the other diagonal.
hey, thanks for this instructable i could never make these.
You could also put them on Christmas lights, just stick the lights where you blow it up and let it glow, something neat for a party or just decorations :)<br>
I'm just curious. Whats on your hand?
It's a very common genetic disorder called Psoriasis. I was hoping no one would comment on it…
i thought it was a healing burn.
I couldn't understand step 3... None of it Can anybody explain it to me?
I describe the same step in my paper airplane instructable. Not a much better explanation, but maybe a few more pictures will help. Tell me how far you've gotten and I'll start there.<br> http://www.instructables.com/id/Four-winged-paper-airplane/step5/Body-first-step/
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... then you fillit with airsoft bbs, put in a firecracker, light it,and throw it at your enemy.
This was the first instructable i read
I have never understood these
<strong>thanx man i really loved it , it was awesome good job on this video</strong><br/>
I loved this instructable. I wanted to teach my son how to make paper hot air balloons and he asked me to look these up. I did it in 5 minutes and I am horrible when it comes to following instructions. The pictures were very helpful.
hay I don't get step 4 sm1 help me please? my mom taught me how to make them like 12 years ago and now she forgot and so did I and like so yeah sm1 help me with step 4!!!! any1
Download and print the PDF file from the Info page and print it out. It should help understanding the steps and you go through them.
want me to make a better instructable?
I people really have a problem, before I knew this guy had it on intructables, I posted the same thing... look at it
not trying to be mean or something but this guy has some steps explained better.
we used to call this paper football :)
Awsome! I havent made one of these since elementary school. I had completely forgotten how to do it and this was fun. Ill be teaching my 3 year old soon. : )
Yo! me 2! Say, does "bhunter" stand for the swedish techno artist Basshunter?
sorry, b is for Brad. Id like to be a known artist, all I would need is talent! ; )
Dude, even if u never heard of basshunter, go to his site! www.basshunter.se
or to save the many trees youve wasted you could go to the dollor store and buy some real ballons for a dollor.
Ya maybe we should buy the rubber than our precous trees that a getting cut down
Oh, Stop Being a tree hugger, mr. doll<em><strong>o'</strong></em>r.<br/>
Rubber balloons are more difficult to recycle than paper (as is the packaging). . . if you are that concerned. Thanks, LasVegas, for the great instructable. I was waiting in an office with two small children, and needed something to keep them occupied and interested. This DEFINITELY kept them and the other people waiting, very entertained. Well done.
This was awsome the blowing part was dufficute
I made one with out with a blank page on my first try. Nice job. i love these things, keep it up ~Twisted
Hey Twisted! i loved your Knex Gun! it pones all newbs!
dis is awsum steps are well xplained jst made it
very easy to follow instructions, very cool
this is the best instructable that i have seen so far. very clear instructions. great job, i look forward to seeing more instructables from you. :D
awsome instructable - i used to make something like these but they were a teardrop shap. no idea how to make them now
Cool thing! made 2 pices. the end is litte hard, but the secend time the cube was better. ;-) Thank you.
Download the PDF helper sheet from Step 1.
i wasnt able to make it, it was too confusing
I really like the cup! ;-)
Yea! I picked up that "WordPerfect for Macintosh" cup at COMDEX years ago. The other side say's "Forever Mac!"
i must be the only one that couldn't do this then??
Try printing the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://static2.instructables.com/ID/FMC/RT1C/7SQETVPL7OM/FMCRT1C7SQETVPL7OM.pdf">PaperBalloon.pdf</a> and use it while following the instructions. This will show you where to fold and in what order.<br/>
Woohoo! This jogged old memories of making these before. Now I remember how, thanks for this Lasvegas! Very clear and easy to understand too :)
My oldest boy and I really enjoyed putting this together, a first for both of us! Instructions were clear and the pictures made everything straightforward. Thanks for giving us a great evening!
Vegas, this is really well documented and looks like a lot of fun to do with my kids. I think I learned how to make these as a kid but that time is now too far past for me to remember how to do it. That is what instructables is all about! Thanks!
Sweet, I remember making these, has to be almost as well known as making paper airplanes. I didnt think anyone else squared the corners though. I need to start doing some of these.
Wow, this in my opinion is one of the best instructables I have seen so far, next to the LED throwies by the GRL. Extremely well documented, and clear proper instructions. I use these as water baloons all the time, but turning it into an square and the little see-hole thing were <strong>genius!</strong> Good work, I expect to see alot of good instructables from you! =D<br/>
I remember using these in the summer as water bombs. If you fill them with water then throw them, they are like water balloons. Although, unlike water balloons they break on impact. Good job in the Instructable.
I know, the companies are actually not cheaping out on water balloons, so they never break!
I remember making these.... Excellent instructions Good Job :)

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