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SECRET MESSAGE BALLOON traditional

Use a square of paper.

 
 

 
  1 Begin colored side up. Fold the bottom to meet the top and unfold. Fold the sides together and unfold... 2 Turn over. Fold the bottom point to meet the top and unfold. Repeat with the side points. Unfold. 3 Write the secret message in the middle. 4 Fold the top down to the bottom. Do not unfold.  
         
 

 
 

5 Pinch as shown and push together. (See next step.)

6 Like this. Now press the triangle flat. 7 Fold the top layer of the side points up to the top. Leave a little space down the middle.  
         
 

 
  8 Fold the side points toward the center but leave a little gap again. 9 Tuck the loose top points into the small triangular pockets made in step 8. Tuck them in as far as they will go. 10 Turn over and repeat steps 7, 8 and 9 on the other side. 11 It looks like this.  
         
 

 
 

 

12 Locate the opening and inflate your secret message balloon. When you hold it up to the light and look through the hole, you will be able to read the message.
 
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