How to make a traditional origami ball (balloon)

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origami balloon


Level Beginner
Copyright Traditional

This page is for those who want the instruction to fold an origami balloon.


The origami balloon is the classic origami model and it is based on balloon base. It is easy to make and afterwards you can play with it.


If you are ready, then let's get started.


If you find any bugs on this instruction, please send an email to HyoAhn's email.


You may use any kind of paper to fold the origami balloon. It is a little easier if the front and the back side of the paper are slightly different whether it be in texture or color.

Make sure the paper that you use is a square (all sides are equal and all the angles equal 90 degrees). The paper I am using here is 20cm x 20cm square one. It is a good size for those who are not experienced in paper folding. If you are become familiar with this model. Then you can try smaller size paper.

traditional origami balloon (water bomb): front side of paper


This is the front side of paper.


It is somewhat shinier compare to the back side.

traditional origami balloon (water bomb): back side of paper


This is the back side of paper.


Keep in your mind that the front side is the shinier one.

traditional origami balloon (water bomb): new front side of paper


The crease pattern (CP) for balloon base is shown on the left.


The order of folding is


(1) two valley-folds followed by


(2) two mountain-folds.


The following steps #1 through #8 explain these folding in detail.


The CP for "balloon base" is exactly opposite of the one for "square base" .


If you switch between valley-fold and mountain-fold, then you can switch the base.



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