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Rainbows in a box.
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!)

Posted by Rachel H. from Northern, Virginia, United States • Published See Rachel H.'s 2 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fold your paper in half diagonally with the color print showing.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 1
    Step 2

    Start with your sheet of origami paper. I'm starting with a 6"x6" sheet.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 2
    Step 3

    Now fold the sheet again into a smaller triangle and crease.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 3
    Step 4

    And again, fold the sheet into a smaller triangle and crease.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 4
    Step 5

    Now open the sheet up, and you have some guidelines to work with.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 7
    Step 6

    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.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 8
    Step 7

    Lay the paper flat, and then crease the edges.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 9
    Step 8

    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.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 10
    Step 9

    It should then look like this.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 11
    Step 10

    Take the side flaps, and fold the tips into the center so that they touch the small slit in the middle.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 12
    Step 11

    After repeating this on all sides it should look like this.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 13
    Step 12

    To familiarizes your self with the next step I want to show you these flaps which you will need tot tuck into...

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 14
    Step 13

    ...these pockets...

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 15
    Step 14

    ...like so.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 16
    Step 15

    And repeat this on all side, two on the back and two on the front.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 17
    Step 16

    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.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 18
    Step 17

    If all these steps were done correctly, the paper should look like this.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 19
    Step 18

    Find the small hole at the bottom of the paper. This is where you are going to inflate it.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 20
    Step 19

    Puff it UP!

  • How to fold an origami shape. Origami Paper Balls - Step 21
    Step 20

    And you are done! Now make a tone more and admire it's beauty!

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selena
selena · Harlingen, Texas, US · 1 project
its so hard
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Scraphoarder
Scraphoarder · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 11 projects
Ha ha so cool!!! you know what i made my mom and dad sit down once i was done with it and i was all like oooh magic.... and they were like:oh we used to do this when we were in school....we used to call it inkpot and stick a twig into it

:|

but i had fun making it Happy
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Mai Mai S.
Mai Mai S.
I put the little paper stars insideHappy)
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LittleMissRandomXD
LittleMissRandomXD · 1 project
Wow, they look so cool that i might just have to give it a try Happy
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Lucia
Lucia · San Luis Obispo, California, US · 6 projects
I made 18 of these while watching Spinal Tap. Later, I strung three on 6 strings and they make sort of a mini-curtain.

Great tut!
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kitee54321
kitee54321
is it possible to fill theese with those cute papaer stars?
:>
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Hannah B.
Hannah B. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 5 projects
These are so pretty! Thanks for the instructions. Happy
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Ana A.
Ana A. · Gaithersburg, Maryland, US · 1 project
My father taught me how to make these! Happy
Nice job!
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Sandwich <3's Strawberries&Transformers    O w O
cute! > w < these are so awesome!
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
ohh, I love making these! I used to use them to put herbs in Happy
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