Valentines Day Crafts – Paper Fortune Cookie

Alright, now that you’ve met my partner in crime aft, Mr. EGC, let’s get this Valentine’s Day decorating ideas party started, shall we?!

First up- our paper fortune cookie tutorial…

You’ll need some pretty, double-sided scrapbook paper. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for .99 cents per 12″x12″ sheet. I also used a piece of old sheet music to make a few, but the heavier paper stock definitely worked better.

Next, (1) Trace around something round, that measures 3.5″ in diameter. Then, (2) cut out the circle you drew. (3) Bend the circle in half- but don’t crease it. (4) Gently hold the “cookie” in the center of the rounded side and pinch the ends of it forward.

After that, pinch it together nice and snug, like this…

After that, (5) Apply a tiny dab of hot glue on the “spine” of the cookie, and (6) pinch it together, tightly, while the glue dries. Finally, pinch the cookie open at its pressure points (7) to insert the fortune paper.

And that’s it!

We made ours for Valentines Day month, but you could really make them for any occasion (or just to have around the house!) depending on what kinds of papers you used.

And just in case you don’t have time to create your own fortune cookie sayings, here’s a link to the ones I made for our paper cookies…

FORTUNE COOKIE PRINTABLE

I put two little lines at the top and bottom of the printable so you could line it up with a paper cutter.

I would suggest cutting the paper vertically first, as shown in the photo above. It’s much easier cutting it that way than the other way around. And last but not least, most of the phrases I chose are inspirational/uplifting, but there are a few funny ones in there, too!

Kev said if he draws that one he’s “definitely drawing again”. Ha!

I linked this project up over at…

Home Stories A2Z

PS- It’s Weblog Award time again!

And boy were we shocked/honored to see our little Lettered love up for a bloggie in the Best Art, Craft, or Design Blog of 2012 category!

Thanks so much to whomever it was that nominated it!

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Comments

  1. says

    oh yay!
    thanks so much for tutorial!
    my kids are gonna LOVE these!
    and i hear ya on valentines MONTH…
    we’ve been crafting up a storm for weeks! :)
    i’m off to vote! {for you all of course}
    have a wonderful weekend.
    xo

    • Layla says

      Sure thing, Mary! I love that you’ve been crafting up a storm over there! :-D
      And thank you for the sweet comment today! :-)

  2. says

    love anything with pretty paper! these are so cute and i love the thought of writing something personal to hide inside.

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Marni! I love your idea and might just have to hide one of those for Mr. Kev today… ;-)

  3. Sheila says

    Thank-you, Thank-you!! I have had SO much FUN making these with the adorable V-day papers I knew I would need for something! :) Sending bunches to college students and using as table decor for my Stitch and Bi*ch group. Adorable and no question who deserves the votes! :)

  4. Melinda says

    BIG congratulations on your nomination! I will be voting right away. And thanks for the tutorial – fun for “kids” of ALL ages.

  5. says

    oh my…seriously the cutest craft ever! These are wonderful for the top plate on the tablesetting for my annual ValEnTinES dinner party! I think I will do a double one with the inside paper being a paper doily!
    Thanks for inspiration!…Yeah! you made my day!

  6. Laurie V says

    I’d just like to say that I believe you certainly deserve the nomination (and the win) for the Best Art, Craft, or Design Blog.
    I started reading your blog a few weeks ago. I have gone to the beginning of your blog and I’m working my way forward. It has so inspired me to update much of the decorating style in my own home. I even have Rice Grain as a possible choice for my living room. I’m striving for a cleaner, fresher style than I’ve had before, thanks to your inspiration. Your style has, without doubt, been the starting point for our redecorating approach.

    • Layla says

      Laurie, you definitely know how to make a Lettered Cottage couple feel good! :-D Thank you so much for your kind comment, and have so much fun decorating (and re-decorating!) your home to your hearts content! :-D

      • Laurie V says

        Thanks, at least this time we don’t have to sand any hardwood floors, or re-plaster any walls. We all know how much FUN those floor sanders are…. not.

    • Layla says

      Hey Kathleen!
      They slide out really easily so we’ve been doing it that way, but I guess you could rip them, or open them, too! :-D

  7. Elisa says

    Thanks for the super-cute tutorial! You’re so creative! This just reminded me of the fortune cookie I just got at a Chinese restaurant which said, “All of your hard work will be paid off.” ??? Maybe that makes sense to someone – let me know if you figure it out! ;)

  8. says

    Huge congrats TLC! Getting nominated for a Bloggie is something to be very, very proud of, and you so deserve it my friend. Better get that acceptance speech ready ; )

    Loved the note to your mom, by the way : )

    oxox
    Jennifer

  9. says

    Congrats on the nomination! I’d never heard of the bloggies before, but I’m glad that I now know.

    I love the fortune cookie idea — so cute & simple. Thanks for sharing!

  10. says

    My two elementary school-age daughters are sitting at the kitchen table making their paper fortune cookies right now! Thanks for the great idea. Handmade valentines are the best.

    • Layla says

      Yay! Yay! Yay! That sounds like a whole bunch’a fun and I’m so glad you left a comment! Warms my heart, Hillary! :-D

    • Layla says

      Thank you! They’re super easy to make and I enjoyed sitting down and getting crafty for a while, too! :-D

  11. Alecia Burleson says

    I just made these for my preschoolers as a valentine from me for our valentine exchange. Thanks so much for the fabulous idea :-)

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