Crafty Tools–Improvising and Frugal

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?


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!

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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1 Response to Crafty Tools–Improvising and Frugal

  1. I've never even HEARD of a bone folder??? sounds… creepy… and painful… ;o)

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