So for Christmas I made these paper balls to hand out and attach to my gifts. :P
They also are good tree ornaments because when you go to store them for the next year, they can deflate and pack flat. Then when the next year comes you can just simply re-inflate them.
I made 70 and they fit snugly in a shirt box, but could also be stored and displayed many other ways too.
WATCH OUT FOR PAPER CUTS! >:O
(Sorry for it being uber long!)
Fold your paper in half diagonally with the color print showing.
Start with your sheet of origami paper. I'm starting with a 6"x6" sheet.
Now fold the sheet again into a smaller triangle and crease.
And again, fold the sheet into a smaller triangle and crease.
Now open the sheet up, and you have some guidelines to work with.
Put you finger on the out triangles and pinch. It might not work at first, so play around with it.
You should end up with a shape like this.
Lay the paper flat, and then crease the edges.
Now with the paper creased, take the two corners and pull up to the top to turn the large triangle into a diamond/square shape.
Repeat on the back.
It should then look like this.
Take the side flaps, and fold the tips into the center so that they touch the small slit in the middle.
After repeating this on all sides it should look like this.
To familiarizes your self with the next step I want to show you these flaps which you will need tot tuck into...
And repeat this on all side, two on the back and two on the front.
Now you want to bend the top and bottom points of the paper to weaken it so when inflated it forms a nice round shape.
If all these steps were done correctly, the paper should look like this.
Find the small hole at the bottom of the paper. This is where you are going to inflate it.
Puff it UP!
And you are done! Now make a tone more and admire it's beauty!