Origami Waterbombs make good Christmas Decorations

Traditional Origami Waterbomb "Origami Waterbombs make great Christmas Decorations!" - origamiexpressions.com

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 especially if you use nice Christmas origami paper! They are also a lot cheaper than the ones you find in a 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 origami Christmas Baubles 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 3D origami ornaments 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 Christmas origami 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.

After you have put your Origami waterbomb baubles on the tree, consider making this origami angel for the topper.

Instructions To Fold an Origami Bauble

I have made a video showing how to make this Origami bauble:

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Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

  • I remember making these back in the day… Love the papers you’ve used in your photo. They do make lovely ornaments. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  • I really like the papers you have used – really rich and opulent. I created some Origami waterbombs using quite thin origami paper and popped them over some LED lights and hung them over my desk.

    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks for the comment. I love these papers! They work really well with what is essentially a very simple design and take them to a whole new level.

      A couple of people have suggested using waterbombs with LED lights. It sounds like a great idea – frankly I wish I’d thought of it! A very good way to brighten up a workspace.

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