How to Make a Paper Balloon

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Start by making a square. Fold top corner down and use scissors or tear the bottom off carefully to leave a square.

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Next fold opposite corner to produce an "X" on the square. Light crease a center line down the middle.

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Keep "bottom" side towards your body and gently push the two sides towards the middle.

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Squish the top flat to crease the center. This is a very important fold! Make sure the inside double fold is lined up with the center line.

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Fold one corner up towards center tip and crease hard. Repeat on the other side. Be careful to only fold the top half.

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Flip over and repeat the last step on this side. You should now have a square again.

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Fold the top corner to the middle center line. Repeat on the other side so the two corners touch.

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Flip over and repeat on the other side.

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If you look closely at the side tabs each has a slot and a corner above it. Fold each corner down and slide it as far as it will go into the slot.

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Make hard creases, these are the folds that will hold the ballon together.

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One corner now has a small opening. Hold your ballon in two hands, take a deep breath and blow hard to inflate your ballon.

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It may help to insert a straw into the hole to blow up your ballon. Your ballon will hold water if you are careful.

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If you experiment with paper type and sizes you can make a LED desk lamp shade or passable ping pong balls. Make three different sizes and stack into a no melt snowman. Make a mini piƱata or mobile!

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