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.

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Step 1: Fold the Paper Into a Triangle

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

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

Collapse the two sides in and form another triangle.

Step 4: Fold Up the Lower Edges

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

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

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)

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

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.

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    Orange robot

    2 years ago

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

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    Shiv Patil

    3 years ago

    It bursts with great power!

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    fraser02

    3 years ago

    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:)

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    SueHibbs

    3 years ago

    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!

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    wold630

    3 years ago

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