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Today we have a tutorial to make your own paper ball! A craft you can play with – my boys’ favorite type (or they only type of craft they’ll do lately) Who else used to make these as a kid?

You’ll need a square sheet of paper, if you don’t have one that’s already square just cut one! 

Fold the paper in half, the other half, and in a triangle from each side.

So you end up with something looking like this

Push in 2 of the sides so it creates a triangle

Then you’re going to pull the bottom corner of one side up to the point of the triangle

Continue this for all 4 points

Next you’re going to take the side (like where his hand is covering above) and fold it in to meet the center

Do THIS for all 4 sides

Next you’re going to take the bottom loose flaps and tuck them into the little pocket you just made on the fold before

Do this for all loose ends/pockets

Next open up your creation a bit

And inflate through the little opening

and you have a ball! (literally and figuratively)

A paper ball! Go make your own 🙂

What I DIDN’T tell them (but plan to show them this summer) is that you can fill the ball with water and it becomes a water bomb/balloon. I thought I’d be nice and show them how to make one first 😉 Obviously the type of paper you use will change the outcome of this.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. The boys in my after school care program LOVED this! Any time they get their hands on scraps of paper, they make these and toss/kick them around until they are shredded. They also love the fact that they can now make their own water grenades. 🙂 Thank you for sharing such clear and detailed instructions!

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