Who knew you could create such beautiful fortune cookies out of a simple piece of paper? Laurie’s DIY project this week is not only creative and fun, but also very inexpensive to make(less than 10 cents per a fortune cookie). Enjoy!!


What You’ll Need

Decorative or Scrapbook paper (not too thick, similar to a text weight,
not cardstock)
White text weight paper
Double faced tape
A pencil
A round plastic lid to use as a template (approximately four to five
inches in diameter) or a extra large circle craft punch
A pair of scissors
Computer and printer


1.  Begin by using a plastic lid as a template to trace circles on your
decorative paper.   A 12” square piece of paper yields approximately 9
circles.   Cut out your circles using your scissors.   If you have an
extra large circle craft punch, that works well too.  (see figure 1)

2.  Fold a circle in half with the pattern side in.   Make a crease (at
arrow A) along the folded edge.  (see figure 2)

3.  Open your circle, and turn it pattern side out.

4.  Turn your circle so the crease you made in step 2 is vertical. Fold
the circle in in half horizontally, pattern side out, rounded side down,
Do NOT crease.  (see figure 3)

Hold the half circle on the bottom, ( where arrow B points in figure 3)
between your thumb and index finger.   Use the index finger from your
other hand to push in the middle of the folded side of the circle at the
crease.  (where arrow C points in figure 3).

As you push in, the top corners will start to turn up.

Continue to hold the half circle and use your other hand to pull the
corners in until they nearly meet and form the cookie shape.

If your cookie doesn’t want to stay folded, use a tiny piece of double
stick tape to keep the halves together.  (at arrow in figure 6)

Compose your fortunes on your computer and print them out on a standard
sheet of printer paper using a nine point font.  The fortunes can be a
simple note for the guests such as  “We’re so fortunate to know you.
Thanks for being here today”.   Keep the fortunes  just a sentence or two

Cut the fortunes into small slips of paper approximately 1/2 inch high by
two to three inches long.  (see figure 7)

Tuck the fortune into one of the open ends of the cookie.  (see figure 8)

Display in a bowl or on a tray for your guests.

You may struggle with the first one, but after folding a couple of
cookies, you will have it mastered.

What It Costs:
Not much at all !  It works out to be less than 10 cents a cookie.


Comments (10)

L | Reply

Wow! Another great project from the oh-so-talented Laurie. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to give this a shot.

Kathryn | Reply

These are beautiful! The paper choice makes such an impact.

Laurenrach | Reply

I am SOOO doing this! I will scatter them along the tables and allow people to pick their own! Yeah for another great DIY idea!!!

simone | Reply

these are super cute. love them!

Michelle | Reply

I love everything about this project – the beautiful papers, how easy it looks, and you can totally customize it to fit in perfectly to whatever event you’re doing. Thanks for posting this!

kristina@lovelymorning | Reply

i LOVE that you post actual instructions for DIY projects. such a great resource amid your other excellent posts!

Bliss Weddings Market | Reply

This is such an awesome idea! What a simple and elegant DIY favor project! Wish I had thought of this!

London Bride | Reply

Such a lovely idea, and one which can suit any style wedding. I love the idea of being able to personalise the messages too.

Katie | Reply

This is such a cute idea! I’m going to do them in shades of blue paper and then scatter them across the mirror plates under the centerpieces. Has anyone tried to make these? Mine wouldn’t stay together, so I guess I’m going to have to use tape, or a little bit of glue.

Bethany Marcello | Reply

Hi –

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