# Make a Paper Balloon in 8 Easy Steps!

9 Steps
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.

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## 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.
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patriotsman says: Dec 28, 2011. 4:42 PM
hey, thanks for this instructable i could never make these.
baba87 says: Sep 18, 2011. 5:50 PM
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 :)
PetervG says: Nov 2, 2006. 7:03 PM
I'm just curious. Whats on your hand?
LasVegas (author) in reply to PetervGNov 2, 2006. 7:27 PM
It's a very common genetic disorder called Psoriasis. I was hoping no one would comment on it…
ilpug in reply to LasVegasSep 18, 2011. 12:27 PM
i thought it was a healing burn.
Aar000n3y says: Oct 27, 2007. 10:19 AM
I couldn't understand step 3... None of it Can anybody explain it to me?
travisttt in reply to Aar000n3ySep 18, 2011. 7:16 AM
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.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Four-winged-paper-airplane/step5/Body-first-step/
mhbrat123 in reply to Aar000n3yNov 18, 2008. 4:13 PM
me to aar000n3y
howtowithmanish says: Sep 18, 2011. 1:54 AM
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-A-Rocket-Engine/
aflacpyro267 says: Dec 26, 2010. 12:41 PM
... then you fillit with airsoft bbs, put in a firecracker, light it,and throw it at your enemy.
theburn7 says: Feb 2, 2009. 5:34 PM
This was the first instructable i read
Zaphod Beeblebrox says: Jan 4, 2009. 5:55 AM
I have never understood these
hamares says: Sep 25, 2008. 10:57 AM
thanx man i really loved it , it was awesome good job on this video
Tammie1 says: Jul 22, 2008. 12:30 PM
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.
lacrossehannah91 says: Feb 23, 2008. 6:07 AM
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
LasVegas (author) in reply to lacrossehannah91Feb 23, 2008. 3:04 PM
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.
joey2542667 says: Jan 4, 2008. 7:58 AM
want me to make a better instructable?
kid123 says: Nov 26, 2007. 4:14 PM
I people really have a problem, before I knew this guy had it on intructables, I posted the same thing... look at it
animeman819 in reply to kid123Nov 29, 2007. 6:21 PM
not trying to be mean or something but this guy has some steps explained better.
saintshortckt says: Aug 12, 2007. 12:20 PM
we used to call this paper football :)
bhunter736 says: Mar 5, 2007. 10:31 PM
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. : )
TjT in reply to bhunter736Jun 6, 2007. 7:54 PM
Yo! me 2! Say, does "bhunter" stand for the swedish techno artist Basshunter?
bhunter736 in reply to TjTJun 7, 2007. 1:36 PM
sorry, b is for Brad. Id like to be a known artist, all I would need is talent! ; )
TjT in reply to bhunter736Jun 11, 2007. 6:14 PM
Dude, even if u never heard of basshunter, go to his site! www.basshunter.se
weebl says: Mar 27, 2007. 9:38 PM
or to save the many trees youve wasted you could go to the dollor store and buy some real ballons for a dollor.
monkeylander6552 in reply to weeblJun 7, 2007. 12:16 PM
Ya maybe we should buy the rubber than our precous trees that a getting cut down
TjT in reply to weeblJun 6, 2007. 7:55 PM
Oh, Stop Being a tree hugger, mr. dollo'r.
chaka2 in reply to weeblApr 22, 2007. 1:14 PM
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.
monkeylander6552 says: Jun 7, 2007. 12:12 PM
This was awsome the blowing part was dufficute
twisted says: Feb 26, 2007. 1:38 PM
I made one with out with a blank page on my first try. Nice job. i love these things, keep it up ~Twisted
TjT in reply to twistedJun 6, 2007. 7:56 PM
Hey Twisted! i loved your Knex Gun! it pones all newbs!
babyboi512 says: Jun 1, 2007. 5:28 AM
dis is awsum steps are well xplained jst made it
instructionsguy11791 says: Feb 14, 2007. 8:52 PM
very easy to follow instructions, very cool
knexer1 says: Feb 10, 2007. 7:21 PM
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
dustinthorley says: Jan 13, 2007. 9:03 PM
awsome instructable - i used to make something like these but they were a teardrop shap. no idea how to make them now
paulza says: Jan 6, 2007. 7:47 AM
Cool thing! made 2 pices. the end is litte hard, but the secend time the cube was better. ;-) Thank you.
LasVegas (author) says: Dec 24, 2006. 4:37 PM