Birthday Paper Fortune Cookies with Simply Modern Mom

Tiffany from Simply Modern Mom is here with a darling tutorial on How to Make Paper Fortune Cookies for a fun birthday party keepsake.

Hello Somewhat Simple. I’m Tiffany Bird, the mom behind the blog, Simply Modern Mom.

First birthdays are special, even though Elle will never remember it. I took ample pictures then made her a fortune cookie jar full of birthday fortunes, or wishes, from her loved ones. The fortunes are to be kept unopened until a later moment in time, like her 16th birthday party. Similar to the concept of a time capsule. And fortune cookies because her birthday party was based on a Chinese theme.

The intention was to set up a table where guests would write birthday fortunes to Elle as they entered the party. Great idea, but it didn’t go as planned. Majority of the guests arrive an hour before party time, while we were still in the process of setting up decorations and cooking the meal. Oh well. Plan B. I had everyone email me their fortunes to Elle, including my husband Nathan’s family who lives everywhere but here.


  • cardstock paper
  • glue
  • something circular as a template (3″ diameter)
  • scissors
  • rubber band
  • jar

1. Gather your paper. Use something circular and at least 3″ in diameter (depending on how big you want your cookies to turn out) to trace circles on the back of your paper. I used a coaster.


2. Cut out the circles and the fortunes. I printed the fortunes then cut them into strips.


3. Make a crease at the center of your circle about 1 1/2″ with the wrong side out (the paper patterns are on the inside touching each other when you fold to make the crease. Don’t fold the entire circle in half, just make a crease at the center.

4. With the crease pointing at you vertically, put glue at the edge of the circle going only about 1/3 of the circle. Make sure your crease is at the center point of where your gluing.

5. Place your fortune paper, folded, in the middle of the circle.

6. Fold circle in half touching the no-glue side to the side with glue. But don’t press down at the fold. Use laundry pins to hold the sides down.


7. This is where the crease comes in handy. Puff up your paper by pushing down on the crease and it should bend in the middle at the crease line. And it will open the holes at the two corners (see second picture below). Continuing to bend the crease until the paper takes shape of a fortune cookie.



8. If your cookie doesn’t hold it shape, put a little bit of glue inside the fold right above the crease line then use a rubber band to hold the cookie at the bend together. Allow for the glue to dry then remove rubber band.


9. Put it all in a jar then you can label or decorate the jar.

Thanks for letting me guest post!


Tiffany Bird {Simply Modern Mom}

(This post was originally published in February of 2010)

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Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. gina says

    Whata super cute presentation idea- can be used a countdown calendars too, or a word or theme of the day /week in your home, the possibilites are endless- and this is so easy!! Thanks again!

  2. Christina at I Gotta Create! says

    These are darling!!! I love the papers you used. I will definitely be using this idea.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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  3. Melissa says

    These are so cute! I love how simple they seem to be to make. It’ll be cute to do in fall colors for Thanksgiving… have family email you what they’re thankful for and make a fun game at dinnertime opening them up and guessing who’s thankful for what. :) Hope you’re having a Fabulous 4th!! Stop by and say Hi sometime. :)

  4. says

    I love this! I will be making these as party decorations for my business parties. I sell Origami Owl Custom Jewelry and these are perfect. Thank you so much.

  5. Kim says

    These are the sweetest things ever. They would be great done in Christmas colors for small co-worker gifts!!