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brightly colored fortune cookies made out of paper
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How to Make Paper Fortune Cookies

How to Make Paper Fortune Cookies for a fun surprise gift or a memorable birthday party keepsake.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins


  • scissors
  • Pencil


  • colorful cardstock
  • circle template approx. 3" diameter - I used a canning lid
  • paper fortune strips
  • white glue
  • clothespins or rubber bands
  • cookie jar


  • Place your circle template on the backside of your cardstock and trace as many circles as you need with your pencil.¬†Cut out each circle.
  • Choose one of the cut circles and gently fold it in half.¬†Tightly crease only the very center - do not crease across the entire circle.
  • Fold the circle in half again, this time in the opposite direction from the crease you just made. (This first crease will now be perpendicular to your new fold.)
  • Carefully push the fold to the center while using your thumb and middle finger to bring both ends together.
  • Add a fortune slip into one of the side openings before bringing both ends completely together. Add a small dab of glue near the fold to hold the cookie's shape.
  • Use a clothespin to hold the cookie together until the glue dries.
  • Place the cookies in a jar for safekeeping, and you're done!