Introduction: Pocket Sized Explosion

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In this instructable, you will learn how make a cool, fun, and harmless explosion that is a cool party trick. All you need for this Instructable is a piece of white paper, scissors, and a regular cigarette lighter.

Step 1: Making a Square

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Many of you probably already know this trick, but just in case you dont, this is how you make a square out of a regular peice of printer paper.

First take the top right corner and fold it over untill the top of the paper meets the left side.

Next you need to take the bottom peoce of paper that is hanging out and cut with your scissors across the line of the flap. Then unfold and you have a square.

Step 2: The Triangle

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This is hard to describe, but what i did was i made a pyramid and then i pushed two side into it untill they met. Then you lay it flat so it looks like a paper triangle.

Step 3: Folding

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Now you want to take the bottom corners and meet them with the top point. You need to do this on the right and left side, then turn it over and do the right and left side again.

Step 4: More Folding

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Now the paper should look like the first picture. Now, you want to take the right and left corners and fold them into the middle. Then, turn over and do the same on the other side.

Step 5: A Little More Folding...

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Now, the previously folded flaps should have an openning on one side. Take the bottem flap and insert it into the opening. Do this on all sides.

Step 6: UN Folding...

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Now you should be able to unfold it to were it looks like and X. There should be a small hole on one side. You may want to cut the hole a little bigger. Next you need to blow up the "balloon" so it looks like picture two.

Step 7: Now for the Lighter...

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Okay, now you take the lighter, and put it very close to the hole. Hold down the button so that the lighter fluid flows into the balloon for about four-six seconds. Then, keep the lighter in the same place, and ignite it! The balloon should shoot three-five feet!

Step 8: Thanks!

Please vote for me! I hope you like the Instructable and enjoyed it! (BTW this is my first one!)


Gothamite (author)2009-03-03

I don't understand step 3. It would be nice if someone would help me out.

Spazmodic (author)Gothamite2017-11-11

This origami pattern is called the Waterbomb, because it can be filled with water if the right paper (wax paper) is used. If you have trouble with a step, many tutorials may be found online. I recommend YouTube.

ToggleSwitch (author)Gothamite2015-02-21

Just fold the bottom corners of the front and back of the triangle you made towards the top

ToXiCATOM (author)2013-05-04

Hey I can make this too

danieljw (author)2011-11-04

how do you do the second step i dont get it pleas help this looks fun

edfel01 (author)2008-12-15

so hold the balloon vertical wen u put gas in a nd light it? does the gas rise i take it?

wilddog (author)edfel012011-10-15

Butane is actually heavier than air so it sinks...

chardster (author)edfel012009-01-01

I have actually never tried it vertical but know that you say it it does make a lot more sense. :) I always put it on the ground for safety reasons.

Thelonelysandwitch (author)2009-05-03

Sometimes I go crazy with these, I spray butane from a butane refill and light that. It is crazy fun.

i made a flamethrower out of butane cans by pressing the nozzle in...

Ananand (author)2009-04-14

Couldn't you also spray some perfume or Axe in there as it's also flammable? Or does it have to be lighter fluid from the lighter.

chardster (author)Ananand2009-06-16

never thought about that, but it seems like it would work fine.

mettaurlover (author)chardster2010-07-05

Actually, that only works if it's at the right ratio of air-to-liquid, which it would settle out of pretty quickly. Lighter fluid actually ignites even if it was absorbed into something.

dont forget, however, that the fluid inside of these lighters is actually pressurized butane and becomes a gas as soon as it released from the lighter. So the lighter 'fluid' isn't fluid in this situation, it is gaseous butane.

Thelonelysandwitch (author)2009-01-31

I love these, They make a good sized pop but dont explode. there really cool.

edfel01 (author)2008-12-15

Kewl!! i got to try it. its a nice trick to show off to friends....know any more?

Obsessive (author)2008-04-08

It was really hard to get it to light. I'll have to get a better lighter and try another night. I've been making those inflatable boxes for years though, so insulation on the folding quality of the box probably isn't the problem. In the end, I set two paper boxes on fire and walked away with almost the same satisfaction.

chardster (author)Obsessive2008-04-09

Haha, Thats what you do if all you have is matches:)

jj32x (author)chardster2008-10-29

or a zippo

A.C.E. (author)2008-08-26

but nice instructable though, i found it easier to follow than his. vote!!

A.C.E. (author)2008-08-26

whitedude0728 first put the paper balloon idea

afrodude99 (author)2008-07-29

try doing it with an aerosol can it is awesome and very dangerous!!! LOL

Whitedude0728 (author)2008-07-24

do the long barbeque lighters work??

chardster (author)Whitedude07282008-07-25

Yes, i would think so.

someone6445 (author)2008-07-24

its just as easy to do this by using your fist instead of a box... it doesn't burn you at all, it just makes a fireball in your hand

travisface (author)2008-05-11


MatheusGodoy (author)2008-04-20

Great. I done it at 1A.M. here, really fast funny hand movies at the video xD

supersaddy (author)2008-04-04

cool. ive seen people do that but instead of filling it with gas, you fill it with water and throw it at ur friends!

Kiteman (author)2008-04-03
A video of it flying would be really nice.

In the mean-time, try this version from YouTube:

chardster (author)Kiteman2008-04-03

Wow nice video. Did you make it?

Kiteman (author)chardster2008-04-03

No, I just found it when I was looking for something else.

lovecarl (author)2008-04-03

Totally Awsome!!!

budsiskos (author)2008-04-02

cool! but its more of a rocket than an explosion

chardster (author)budsiskos2008-04-03

Your probably right, but i thought of it as an explosion inside the ballon to propel itself.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-04-02

Awesome! It's like doing the fireball, but in this box. Great job, gotta try this sometime.

chardster (author)GorillazMiko2008-04-03


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