The kid next door just challenged me to a water fight! So I thought I’d tweet this while I wait for the kettle to boil…
About the Origami Waterbomb
This is an origami Waterbomb, sometimes referred to as a Balloon. It’s one of the best known traditional models, probably because it’s quite fun to fold. The last step calls for you to blow into the top to inflate it.
Origami Waterbombs can be used for water fights (obviously), by filling them with water through the hole at one end. They also make surprisingly good baubles to hang on a Christmas Tree! They are also a lot cheaper than the ones you find in store. Even by the standards of traditional models, Waterbombs are easy to make. This could be a fun thing to do with children in the run-up to Christmas – make the decorations for the tree.
Folding Origami Waterbombs
This is such a famous origami model, that it has its own base named after it – the Waterbomb Base. This base consists of mountain folds across the diagonals, valley folds joining opposite sides, and collapsed into a triangular shape.
Each origami Waterbomb takes less than five minutes to fold, which is a good thing if you’re planning to make enough to decorate a tree with!
Any paper will do. You might like to experiment a bit though if you are planning to fill the waterbomb with water and throw it. Bear in mind that whatever paper you use will go soggy in a few seconds, but you want something that is reasonably pliable so that it disintegrates on impact. If you’re planning on making Christmas Tree baubles, a shiny paper would be good. Preferably something reasonably robust if you want to keep them for another year! A standard sheet of 15cm x 15cm origami paper will produce an origami Waterbomb that is about 4cm (1.5in) on all sides.
I have made a video showing how to make this model: