Always wanted to know how to make fortune cookies with paper? Well today’s your lucky day, because I’m going to show you! (get it? lucky day, fortune cookies…. yeah, yeah, I know, I couldn’t stop myself ;)
So, as many of you know, I work part-time for Bella deLuna Designs, and part-time for McCormick & Moore Photography, and over at MMP, we’ve been doing a photo every day, and our goal is to do that for a year (don’t worry, this is going to come back around to the fortune cookies!). Yesterday I was mulling over what to photograph for the day, I had been doing a lot of landscapes and birds recently with the snowfall we had earlier in the week, so I wanted something completely different. Then it occurred to me that it was the Chinese New Year and I could make fortune cookies! I had made them years before when I went through an origami paper phase, and with a few less-than-perfect cookies to start with, I got the hang of it again pretty quickly.
Things you’ll need: paper, pencil, compass or round object to trace your circles, scissors, and glue of your preference.
First, you’ll want to get some pretty paper. You want it to have some weight to it, but definitely don’t want to use card stock, which won’t bend as well for you. Think something a little heavier than standard printer paper. Most scrapbooking papers work just fine (again, as long as they aren’t card stock). Then, get your compass or your round object out (I used the bottom of a vase) and trace circles onto the paper. You’ll want circles at least 3″ in diameter (that’s what mine are) but you could easily go to 4″ and still be able to have control of the paper.
Next, cut out your circles. Side note: After I had drawn my circles and cut them out I realized what I should have done was draw the circles on the unprinted side of paper, that way if I wasn’t super duper precise in my cutting, it wouldn’t show on the fortune cookies. Learn from my mistake! :)
Then you’ll want to softly bend the circle in half, without creasing or folding the paper, so it makes a saddle shape. If you’re right handed like me, you’ll be holding the edges of the paper together with your left hand.
Now this is where it might get tricky, as in reality, you’d be using two hands to do this, but I had to take a photo of it, so I’m only using one. ;) So pretend my left hand is still holding the edges of the paper together, like the the photo before this one. You then take your right hand and gently push in the middle of the paper to crease it, bringing the edges of the paper back to you with your thumb and middle fingers. The crease doesn’t have to be directly in the middle of the paper, so don’t worry about being exact.
Place a dab of glue in the middle to keep the paper sides together. I used hot glue for speed purposes and just held the sides together for a few seconds while it set. You could use tape as well. Or those scrapbooking squares.
And there you have it, paper fortune cookies! These are a fun, quick craft and perfect for little hands. It may take a few tries to get the hand of the soft folding/bending, but once you do, it’s a breeze! Happy crafting!
And by the way, if you’re here because I linked up over at Tatertots and Jello, thank you!