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
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!
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.
*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.
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.
PRO 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.
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 we just made is running perpendicular to the new fold.
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 an extra sticky glue dot near the fold to hold the fortune cookie’s shape.
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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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 String 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 paper lanterns with lights! Each string light cover is made from a simple paper Chinese water bomb (did you make these when you were little?!), and we used scrapbook paper for them, as well.