Whether or not you celebrate Chinese New Year, I think you'll agree that these paper fortune cookies are super cute! And they're totally perfect for so many other occasions, including Valentine's Day, birthdays, wedding receptions, and more. In fact, my youngest daughter already asked if we can make them again as Valentines...
Luckily, paper fortune cookies are really quite easy to make, so even large quantities won't take long once you get the folding technique down.
How To Make Paper Fortune Cookies
There's no need to buy special origami paper -- in fact, it's probably too flimsy to hold the fortune cookie shape. Scrapbook paper works far better, is very inexpensive, and comes in a huge assortment of colors and patterns. I picked up this packet of 8.5"x11" designer paper in the scrapbooking aisle at Walmart, 50 pages in all for just $5!
Supplies you'll need:
- scrapbook paper
- extra sticky double-sided tape or glue dots
- 3.5"-4" lid for tracing
- 0.5"x3" strips of paper (for the fortunes)
Note that I don't recommend using the Duck double-sided tape pictured. It's what I had on hand at home and I thought it would work, but it just wasn't sticky enough to hold the paper fortune cookies closed for more than a few minutes. Look for an extra sticky double-sided tape or glue dots with the scrapbooking supplies.
Trace the circles on the back side of the scrapbooking paper, and carefully cut them out. You should be able to fit approximately six circles per sheet of paper.
If you have an X-Acto compass, you could eliminate this step altogether. Just set it to a 3.5" or so diameter and start cutting.
Choose one of the cut circles and gently fold it in half, but don't crease it just yet...
We want to form a crease on the fold but not across the entire circle. Crease only the center inch or so of the circle as shown here.
Open the circle back up, and fold it in half again, this time in the opposite direction from the crease we just made. It's a little hard to see here, but if you look closely, you'll see that the crease is running perpendicular to the fold now.
Gently push the fold inward with your index finger while using your thumb and middle finger to bring both ends together.
Slip one of the fortunes in the opening on the side before bringing both ends completely together, and use a piece of the double-sided sticky tape near the fold to hold the fortune cookie's shape.
Hopefully my photos and instructions are clear enough for you to make these little favors yourself. If you're struggling, let me know and I'll make a quick video to show the folding action -- I just didn't have a helper at home earlier to assist me with that part.
P.S. If you love these paper fortune cookies, I think you'll also adore these origami lights! They're made from a simple Chinese water bomb (did you make these when you were little?!), and we used scrapbook paper for them, as well.