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How To Make Paper Fortune Cookies

These cute DIY paper fortune cookies are super easy to make! A fun Chinese New Year craft for kids, or even Valentine’s Day, wedding favors, birthday parties & much more…

paper fortune cookies on a white platter

Paper Fortune Cookies

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 — Valentine’s Day, birthdays, wedding receptions, etc. In fact, my youngest daughter already asked if we can make Valentine fortune cookies for her school party…

Luckily, origami fortune cookies are really quite easy to make. So even large quantities won’t take long, once you get the folding technique down!

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origami fortune cookie supplies

Origami Fortune Cookie Supplies

And the best part? DIY paper fortune cookies are also inexpensive to make. There’s no need to buy special origami paper — in fact, it’s probably too flimsy to hold the fortune cookie shape. Scrapbook paper is sturdier and comes in a huge assortment of colors and patterns at a more than affordable price.

Supplies you’ll need:

*Note: I don’t recommend using the Duck double-sided tape pictured. It’s what I had on hand at home, and I totally thought it would work. But it just wasn’t sticky enough to hold the paper fortune cookies closed for more than a few minutes. Whomp, whomp…

Look for an extra sticky double-sided tape or extra sticky glue dots for best results.

paper fortune cookies tutorial

How To Make Paper Fortune Cookies

Okay, folks — this is origami at its easiest! Seriously, anyone can figure out how to make a fortune cookie out of paper… It does require a few steps, but once you make one, you can churn them out like crazy. Even my 8-year-old got in on the action, after a quick demonstration.

Start by tracing the circles on the back side of the scrapbooking paper, and then carefully cutting them out. You should be able to fit approximately six circles per sheet of paper.

TIP: If you have a rotary paper cutter, you could eliminate this step altogether. Just set it to a 3.5″ diameter and start cutting.

folding paper fortune cookies

Choose one of the cut circles and gently fold it in half, but don’t crease it just yet…

folding paper fortune cookies

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.

folding paper fortune cookies

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 we just made is running perpendicular to the new fold.

folding paper fortune cookies

Gently push the fold inward with your index finger while using your thumb and middle finger to bring both ends together.

folding paper fortune cookies

Slip one of the fortunes in the opening on the side before bringing both ends completely together, and use an extra sticky glue dot near the fold to hold the fortune cookie’s shape.

paper fortune cookies on a white platter

Hopefully my photos and instructions are clear enough for you to make these fun little party favors yourself. If you’re struggling, let me know, and I’ll make a quick video to show the folding action!

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paper fortune cookies made with scrapbook paper

How To Make Paper Fortune Cookies

Yield: 12 paper fortune cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

These cute DIY paper fortune cookies are super easy to make! A fun Chinese New Year craft for kids, or even Valentine's Day, wedding favors, birthday parties & much more...

Materials

Tools

Instructions

  1. Trace the circles on the back side of the scrapbooking paper, and carefully cut them out. If you have a rotary paper cutter, you can eliminate this step altogether. Just set it to a 3.5″ or so diameter and start cutting.
  2. Take one of the cut circles and gently fold it in half. Smooth out a hard crease on just the center inch or so of the fold.
  3. Open the circle back up, and fold it in half the opposite way. The small crease you just made should be running perpendicular to the new fold.
  4. Gently push the fold inward with your index finger, while using your thumb and middle finger to bring both ends together.
  5. Slip a fortune in the opening on one side before bringing both ends completely together. Secure the paper fortune cookie closed with an extra sticky glue dot positioned near the fold.

Did you make this project?

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Customizing DIY Paper Fortune Cookies

The dimension I give in the instructions make a paper fortune cookie that about the size of a real fortune cookie. But my suggested sizes are just that — suggestions.

You can totally customize these paper fortune cookies to your heart’s desire. Make them giant, or make them tiny. Include a handwritten fortunes, or print some off. Add glitter or use shiny gold foil scrapbook paper. There are so many possibilities!

origami lights made from Chinese water bombs

Origami Lights

If you love these paper fortune cookies or are just looking for more Chinese New Year crafts for kids, I think you’ll also adore these origami lights! They’re made from simple paper Chinese water bombs (did you make these when you were little?!), and we used scrapbook paper for them, as well.

I’d love to see how your paper fortune cookies turn out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check them out. Enjoy!

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Juli

Thursday 5th of July 2018

These are so cute. My husband is being deployed and I've been looking for ideas for care packages our kids and I can make for him. These will be perfect for little "I miss you" notes. Thank you

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Friday 6th of July 2018

LOVE this idea, Juli -- thanks for sharing!

april

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

hello there, wondered if you would be able to show me a video of how you folded these. I can't seem to get it right ? thank you so much as i think these fortune cookies are so darn cute and i really want to make them.

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Hi April! Sure, I won't be able to get to it today, but I'll see if I can throw one together tomorrow. I'll let you know when it's available!

Helen Johnson

Friday 20th of January 2017

Was looking for a simple craft for my Rainbows (5-7yr olds) & Brownies (7-10 yr olds) to do & found this ! It's great & your instructions are so easy to follow. Can't thank you enough Helen, Girl Guiding Leader

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Friday 20th of January 2017

Oh, I hope they love it! I was a Brownie when I was little, and I have such fun memories of the craft projects we used to do. Thanks so much for sharing with your troops, Helen.

sharon

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

good idea for my granddaughter to make for thanksgiving...

Christine

Sunday 26th of April 2015

Thanks, I used these in place of a b-day card for my niece! I put 6 in a clear bag with a ribbon. My daughter made a few for her friend's b-day, too!

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