Emergency Yogurt Spoon (Functional Origami)

Gregg & Hallee in Kuwait

My brilliant husband, Gregg, can be clever.

My clever husband often offers me a “day of rest” by taking over the homemaker duties here.  Once while at a military school, he didn’t have a spoon to eat his yogurt in his barracks room. Naturally, this did not stop him from fashioning his own spoon. When I witnessed this brilliance, I asked him to recreate it for my readers. Enjoy.

A Definition of Origami

Origami can be defined as the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.  I don’t think this yogurt spoon qualifies as origami since it is highly functional and not really beautiful like a swan or something. But whatever.

If you have yogurt with a foil lid but no spoon, you can make your own spoon, no problem. The only requirement I think I have is that the lid to your yogurt needs to be the sturdy foil type lid. This would not work with a flimsy thin plastic lid. I don’t really ever buy any kind of yogurt that doesn’t have the foil type lid so this isn’t a problem for me.

So,  start with your favorite yogurt. I wouldn’t say Dannon greek yogurt is my favorite but it isn’t bad and doesn’t have any high-fructose so it will work for this demonstration.

Carefully remove the foil lid and smooth it out.


Make a fold of about a third and smooth it well.


Keep folding.


Until you have a spoon.


Now enjoy your yogurt.


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