The funny thing is, being the sort of mother I am, I made one for Hedgehog last year; she laughed and put it on her treasure shelf, but did I rob her of the opportunity to be daring on her own? Oh well...
Perhaps you can make one of these as a Mother's Day gift for someone you love. I really really hope you do!
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Just for Mother's Day, I'm resurrecting an old childhood favorite (well, if you were a child like me that is), the Booby Butter Box. If you follow my instructions, you will experience for yourself the magical transformation of the iconic infinitely regressing Indian butter lady into your own tiny pocket peep show.
First, lay out your tools: a box of special butter (and only this particular box will do), scissors, an Exacto knife, and tape.
Cut a panel of cardboard with the full Indian girl depicted, then trim said panel right under her knees and on both sides, as you wish.
With your Exacto, cut around three sides of the butter box so that it forms a flap.
Next, fold your butter girl right above the knees, creasing the fold firmly so that it stays in place. Do you see where you're going with this yet?
Your next step is the key fold, but it's very difficult to describe. Suffice it to say, it's every man for himself at this point. The trick is to fold your lady so that her knees are facing forward behind the flap in the butter window. When you have achieved this, you have achieved the Booby Butter Box. Tape your fold at the back, and you're ready to go.
I've always thought that the original illustrator had intended this ultimate end for his innocent Indian maiden. Else why would he have made her knees just exactly like two enormous boobs?
Happy Mother's Day!
p.s. Maybe don't show this to your grandpa. I did when I was eight, and he wasn't amused.
originally posted 5/11/08