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May 10th, 2010 by Rhiana

Origami Waterball Tutorial from Sara at KittyBabyLove

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I was so excited when Sara from KittyBabyLove offered to do a guest post here on Hurried Homemaker! If you haven’t already fallen in love with her adorable kitty egg crayons, you will now. Anyway, as I was saying …

Sara was kind enough to do a step-by-step picture and word origami tutorial. School is about to be out and I know that my oldest and I will be spending some time together doing this fun activity. Enjoy!

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Need some fun? Try out this tutorial for an origami waterball garland. Not
only is it simple enough to do with the little ones, but a fun way to pass
some time. All you need is some paper cut into squares, some string
(embroidery floss used in the image), and a needle. Get creative with your
color choices, types of paper you use, and additions you decide to make to
the garland.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
1. Start with a square paper. In the example shown I used a 3″x3″ square,
which yielded a ball slightly under 1″. Larger squares will be easier for
little hands to work with.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
2. Fold in half, corner to corner.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
3. Fold in half again, matching the corners of the triangle together.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
4. Unfold.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
5. Fold in half, this time straight edge to straight edge.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
6. Fold in half again- straight edge to straight edge

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
7. Unfold. You will use these prefolded lines as a guide for the next step.
Arrange the paper so that a flat edge is facing you. Notice where my thumbs
are in the picture. You will be bringing in these edges toward the bottom
center fold.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
8. Notice the triangle it makes on the bottom.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
9. Place your finger in the center and notice how the prefolds create a
triangle on the top side. Flatten this shape.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
10. Viola!

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
11. On one side of the triangle, fold the bottom corner up to the top corner

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
12. Repeat on the other leg of the triangle. Flip over to the backside.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
13. Repeat steps 11 & 12 on this side. This will give you a diamond
shape.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
14. Make sure the top of your diamond looks like this. Keep this side up
when working on the next step

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
15. Fold a side corner on one side of your diamond in toward the center

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
16. Repeat on the other side

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
17. Flip your diamond over and repeat steps 15 & 16 on the other side

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
18. Fold the top part of one “leg” downwards as shown

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
19. Repeat on all sides

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
20. Tuck the leg you just folded downward into the pocket you made in steps
15 & 16

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
21. It will look like this

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
22. Repeat this on all sides

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
23. Fold the bottom of the entire origami piece back and forth a little. You
don’t want to actually make any creases; the idea is to loosen the paper so
that it will blow into a ball more easily…

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
24. Do this also on the top part of the entire origami piece

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
25. Now time to inflate the ball! Grab opposite sides of the ball and try to
gently stretch it open as much as you can…

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
26. Find this side of the ball. See that hole? Blow into it to get the ball
to inflate the rest of the way..

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
27. Viola! One puffed up origami waterball. Make as many as you want.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
28. When you are ready, grab your needle and thread and get ready to thread
your garland together. A sharp point needle is recommended to pierce through
paper. Thread going in from this side (where you blew into the ball); poking
through the other side first may make your ball crinkle and deflate.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
29. You can use the intersection of the fold lines as a guide for center
when poking your needle through the other side.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
30. Thread as many together as you like. I used embroidery floss so the
balls dont slide around as much. You can get creative and add other things,
like beads or knots, into your garland strand. The knots, beads, etc will
act as spacers to hold the balls in their place on the garland.

Origami Waterball Garland Tutorial
31. And before you know it, viola! You are done!! You are done!

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8 Responses to “Origami Waterball Tutorial from Sara at KittyBabyLove”
  1. [...] recently did a guest blog post for the Hurried Homemaker blog. If you’re looking for an activity, take a look and leave a [...]

  2. awwww this totally brings back memories! These “fusen” balls were the first things I learnt how to make when I was a kid in Japan! When I came back to New Zealand, my friends were really impressed with my origami skills!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  3. My Mum taught me how to make these as a kid, to use instead of water bombs/balloons. I was recently lamenting the fact I’d forgotten how to make them, and here’s your tutorial!

    Thank you!

  4. [...] like Tribbles. Via the fine folks at whip up, I just rediscovered this addicting activity with a fine tutorial by KittyBabyLove at the Harried [...]

  5. These are really adorable! I can’t wait to make them as a party garland!

  6. Looooove! Bigger versions are a great substitute for the now-ubiquitous “decorative balls” (wrapped in jute, made of glass, etc.) Spent a bit of my morning enjoying your sweet tutorial!

  7. [...] The full tutorial can be found here. [...]

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