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Exploring Origami


Let's Make Origami!

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Balloon

Level: Medium


  1. 1

    Fold the paper in half downwards to make a rectangle.

    figure 1
  2. 2

    Fold in half again.

    figure 2
  3. 3

    Open the front half of the paper, swinging the flap out and folding it down to create a triangle.

    figure 3-1figure 3-2
  4. 4

    Flip over and repeat step 3 for the other side.

    figure 4
  5. 5

    Fold the corners up to meet at the tip.

    figure 5
  6. 6

    Fold the corners in to meet at the center.

    figure 6
  7. 7

    Now fold the top corners down to form small flaps.

    figure 7
  8. 8

    Insert these flaps into the pockets you created in step 6.

    figure 8
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  9. 9

    Flip over and repeat steps 5 through 8 for the other side.

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  10. 10

    Gently blow air into the small hole at the bottom of the figure.

    figure 10
  11. 11

    Once it inflates, you should have your paper balloon!

    figure 11