I have a four year old. We do crafts. Every single day. I’m not kidding. Walk into my living room at any given moment and the coffee table is covered in construction paper, pencil crayons, glue, string and glitter. Oh the glitter. If you look at the search history on my computer it will be almost exclusively filled with things like “crafts for preschoolers”. I am not a crafty person. It is just one of those things that not does not come naturally to me. Ask me to go to the kitchen and whip up something creative and fabulous and – no problem. My pleasure. Most of the time I don’t even need a recipe. But when the four year old asks me to come up with a craft idea my mind goes blank and Google and Pinterest are my best friends.
When I was trying to come up a great idea for a Chinese New Years post a friend of mine suggested I make fortune cookies. I loved the idea but I decided to twist it a bit, challenge myself and make a craft out of it. I hit the Google and searched for paper fortune cookies. I had never seen them before but I was confident someone a lot craftier than me had already discovered it. And they had. A quick search yielded plenty of pages of paper fortune cookies. They are all pretty much identical in their basic design and after a few (ok many) attempts at it myself I actually was able to create something that looked like it was suppose to – it looked like a fortune cookie!
I didn’t have the time or desire to go out and buy fancy patterned paper so I created my own designs (I will share the printable versions with you) to make them look festive enough to be worthy of a Chinese New Year celebration! And the best part – no glitter! Although lets be honest given the change the four year old will smother these little gems in sparkles!
Paper Fortune Cookies
- Heavy paper – I experimented with different thicknesses and finally found card stock to be the perfect weight although I think scrap book paper would work too
- Plane paper for writing the fortunes on
- Double sided tape, glue tape or glue dots
- Pencil or pen
- Something to trace a 4 inch (approximately) circle with
On your plain paper write out your fortunes and cut into small strips to be inserted into your cookies.
As I mentioned above, I didn’t have any patterned paper at home that would work for the fortune cookies but I did have card stock so I just found some relevant clip art and created my own patterns to print on the card stock.
Now find something that you can use to trace circles on the back of the paper. Four inches is the perfect fortune cookie size but it doesn’t have to be exact. I used the lid of a travel mug that happened to be exactly four inches in diameter.
Pick up one of your cut out circles and gently fold it in half with the print on the inside. Do not crease the entire fold but just put a crease – about an inch long – in the middle of the fold.
Now unfold the circle, turn in so the print is on the outside and gently fold in the opposite direction – so the crease you made is now perpendicular. Do not crease the fold.
Now, the tricky part. This took me a few attempts to master but once I got it the rest were a breeze. You now want to fold your half circle into a fortune cookie. To do this pick of the paper in your non dominant hand. Now, with your opposite hand place your index finger in the middle where the small crease is. Place your thumb on the bottom edge and your middle finger on the top edge and gently pull the edges together while you push the center in. Place a small piece of double sided tape or glue tape in the fold near the top to hold the two sides together and continue to fold the rest of the way.
Now all you need to do is slip in the fortunes you made.
These little fortune cookies look awesome on the table for your Chinese New Year celebrations or you can also attach string or ribbon and make some festive garland to string on the fireplace, etc.
If you need some recipe ideas for your Chinese New Year celebration be sure to visit the Bamboo Room for some awesome inspiration.
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