Posted: Sep 08, 2014 5:00 AM
 
Pass on the fun of reading your fortune when you create your own giftable fortune cookies that won't go stale. Using paper, felt and cupcake liners, learn how to make three fortune cookie crafts in minutes.

allParenting Felt fortune cookies

Felt fortune cookies

The easiest non-edible fortune cookie craft in the bunch, these look adorable in any color felt you have on hand.

Materials:

  • Felt in color of choice
  • 4-inch circle template
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper and printer for fortunes (optional)

Directions:

  1. First, use a bowl or coaster as a guide and trace a 4-inch circle onto a piece of felt with a pencil.
  2. Next, use the scissors to cut out your circle. Fabric scissors work the best.
  3. Then, add a small amount of hot glue to the inside top edge of your circle and fold the opposite edge up to form a taco-like shape. Press gently until adhered together.
  4. Now, holding your fortune cookie in the taco shape, place your index finger into either side of your fortune cookie's open ends, place your thumbs in the center under the "taco" and fold the open ends towards each other, gently pushing up with your thumbs until your felt looks like a fortune cookie. The top should keep its rounded shape but the bottom will pinch together and cave inward a bit.
  5. Next, holding the cookie from underneath at the bottom fold with 1 hand, place a small dot of hot glue deep in the inside fold — on the front side of your cookie — with your other hand and pinch it closed until your glue dries.
  6. Finally, print and cut out your fortunes onto white paper and work it into the felt fortune cookie craft at the open end until only an edge is left peeking out. You can also use a strip of white paper and hand write fortunes when a printer isn't handy and your felt fortune cookie is ready for display, a classroom gift or party giveaway.

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Paper fortune cookies

Oh-so-easy to whip up in a flash, you can create this paper craft with any scrapbook paper, construction paper or even printer paper you have on hand.

Materials:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • 4-inch circle template
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper and printer for fortunes (optional)

Directions:

  1. First, trace a 4-inch circle onto the back of your scrapbook paper with a pencil and cut it out with scissors.
  2. Next, fold your circle in half right sides in and give it a gentle crease; open it up, give your circle a quarter turn and refold in half right sides in again and crease gently to complete a plus-shaped crease.
  3. Then, fold your circle in half again, this time with the decorated side facing out and secure it with a dot of hot glue in the inside top edge of your circle to form a taco-like shape until the glue has dried.
  4. Now, holding your fortune cookie in the taco shape, place your index finger into either side of your fortune cookie's open ends and gently flatten out the bottom of your paper fortune cookie to get the horizontal fold ready to fold in on itself. Remove your fingers and place them on the outside edges of the bottom of your "taco."
  5. Next, place your thumbs in the center under the "taco" and use your fingers to fold the open ends down towards each other, gently pushing up with your thumbs until your paper craft looks like a fortune cookie. The top should keep its rounded shape but the bottom will pinch together and cave inward a bit, so don't worry about being gentle. As it gets a good bend into it, use your fingers from 1 side of the fortune cookie to shape it from underneath.
  6. Then, holding the cookie from underneath at the bottom fold with 1 hand, place a small dot of hot glue deep in the inside fold of your cookie — on the front side — with your other hand and pinch it closed until your glue dries.
  7. Finally, print and cut your fortunes and slip them into your paper fortune cookie craft until only the edge of the fortune is peeking out.

Tip^ Only have plain paper on hand? Don't be afraid to jazz it up with glitter, markers or other colorful craft supplies before you glue and bend it into shape.

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Cupcake liner fortune cookies

Undoubtedly the most challenging fortune cookie craft of the three, the delicate nature of cupcake liners calls for a little extra patience to create this particular paper craft.

Materials:

  • Cupcake liner
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper and printer for fortunes (optional)

Directions:

  1. First, fold your cupcake liner in half with the right sides in and give it a really strong crease. Open it up, give it a quarter turn and repeat with a second strong crease to create a plus-shaped crease.
  2. Next, open up your cupcake liner and fold it in half along 1 crease, this time with the decorated side facing out. It should look like a taco.
  3. Then, print and cut your fortune and lay it in the "taco" before adding a dab of glue in the inside top center of your fortune cookie paper craft. This cupcake liner version is too delicate to work in the fortune at the end, so you'll need to add it now if you want a fortune in there.
  4. Now, place your fingers inside each open side of the "taco" shape and pull down toward each other as you push up in the center with your thumbs to encourage it to bend and fold.
  5. Finally, grab the 2 edges with 2 fingers on 1 hand and use your free hand to pinch the bottom of the fortune cookie into shape. And, don't be shy; this crease can be sharp to keep this delicate fortune cookie in place. Once you secure the fold with a dot of hot glue in the inside, fold from the front of the cookie — just like the other fortune cookie crafts — pile it in a dish or a take-out style box and you've got pretty fortune cookies that are too cute to eat.

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