DIY Fortune cookies

Recently we had a Chinese takeaway and Harry discovered fortune cookies.  On a scale of life’s wonders, it briefly ranked RIGHT AT THE TOP. ‘A cookie that actually tells you what is going to happen to you?  Woooah!’

In practice, the cookie itself was a little underwhelming, disintegrating into an explosion of crumbs when snapped and revealing a rather vague fortune about pleasant strangers.  So I had an idea; I’d make my own…

DIY Chinese Fortune Cookies made of paper

The good thing about homemade fortune cookies is that you can customise your fortunes to suit the recipient (these are the ones for my husband; heavy hints wrapped in paper);

DIY Paper Fortune Cookies from KCS

Harry’s contain equally alluring and essential promises;

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Best of all? They are so simple to make.  Details below…

Supplies:

  • Paper.  I used 3 types; a vellum-like paper with a sheen (gorgeous), basic paper torn from an exercise book, and script-patterned gift wrap
  • Circle template; I used the lid of the tin in the top picture.  Aim for something about 10cm/4in square
  • Fortunes; scribble them out onto strips of paper and cut up ready to slip in as you fold the paper cookies.
  • Scissors, pencil, glue

Steps:

Draw around your circle shape and cut out as many shapes as you need from your paper.
Then, using the pictures below as a guide;
1. Fold the circle lightly in half and pinch hard at the crease in the centre, leaving an indent
2. Let the circle open again and lay a fortune sideways across the indent you made
3. Roll the opposite sides of the circle together as shown so that they overlap slightly; this forms a cuff that will hold the paper cookie together
4. Press your finger into the indent you made on the opposite side to push in the centre of the cookie, making the distinctive folded shape
5. Add a dab of glue deep in the fold and either hold for a minute until dry or use the tips of your scissors to anchor it in place to set as shown
6.  Repeat!

DIY Paper Fortune Cookies
Ideas…

  • These would make a beautiful Valentines gift for someone; a bag of fortunes customised for the one you love
  • Or try making a single over-sized paper cookie (12″), containing a letter or poem written out along a whole strip
  • Experiment with materials (I want to try using a piece of tan-coloured leather; you could hide a pair of earrings or a necklace in here as an exquisite little gift)
  • Have fun with the packaging; I used an old tin that had once held tempura mix and made my own label to cover up the original text

Paper fortune cookies

 

Happy folding!

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