When I was a kid, my mom would make a new Christmas ornament representing that year. Actually she did it starting the year she and my dad got married, but of course I don’t remember those first 4 Christmases. But I do remember the ones where my brother, Andrew, and I got to be involved.
A couple of years ago, I decided that I liked that tradition. But I am not as, how shall we say it, as crafty as my mom. She would say otherwise, but this is my blog, not hers, huh? And truth be told, I’m not.
2 years ago, my girls pained wood ornaments with acrylic paint. Last year, we made salt dough ornaments (oh, THAT was an experience–let me tell you!). This year, I found origami box ornaments. They aren’t that hard.
Once I figured out how to fold the paper into a box shape and not a 3D trapezoid, it was a piece of cake!
I learned how to do this on the DIY channel on the internet–or something, I don’t even remember now–and watched their 4 minute tutorial. Then, I watched it again with a piece of paper in front of me.
Not too bad. I could do this. They suggested using a bone folder to make the folds tight.
I don’t have a bone folder. I didn’t have time to go get one. I didn’t want to spend money on one. But was I going to let that stop me?
NO WAY, JOSE!
I ran to our kitchen utensil drawer and dug around for a butter knife.
There you have it, folks! My one bone folder. I just use the flat butt of the knife and press down firmly. The crease is gorgeous! GORGEOUS, I tell you!
So if you ever want to make an origami something–box or swan–please know that you don’t need a bone folder. And one butter knife will do you fine!