These instructions will show you how to make an easy origami fish balloon. This is a variation of the traditional water bomb model. If you’ve never folded anything before you should take a moment to review our Beginner’s Guide which will teach you all the basic folds and techniques.

Goldfish Balloon Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Goldfish Balloon Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Goldfish Balloon Step 3

Step 3) Open the top flap of paper over to the right.

Goldfish Balloon Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold this flap down.

Goldfish Balloon Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Goldfish Balloon Step 6

Step 6) Open up the top flap of paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

Goldfish Balloon Step 7

Step 7) Fold the flaps of paper on each side up along the dotted lines.

Goldfish Balloon Step 8

Step 8) Fold both sides in along the dotted lines.

Goldfish Balloon Step 9

Step 9) Fold the the little triangle shaped flaps down along the dotted lines. Then unfold it.

Goldfish Balloon Step 10

Step 10) Fold those triangle flaps down along the creases you just made and tuck them into the little pockets.

Goldfish Balloon Step 11

Step 11) Turn the paper over.

Goldfish Balloon Step 12

Step 12) Fold both sides of the model down along the dotted lines.

Goldfish Balloon Step 13

Step 13) Fold out the left flap of paper along the dotted lines.

Goldfish Balloon Step 14

Step 14) Ignore this step… I’m not sure why this is here…

Goldfish Balloon Step 15

Step 15) Fold the left section of paper over to the right.

Goldfish Balloon Step 16

Step 16) Rotate the paper over so the fish is right-side up.

Goldfish Balloon Step 17

Step 17) Open up the model a bit to make it 3D. You can blow into the hole to inflate it like a water bomb.

Goldfish Balloon Step 18

The complete goldfish balloon

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