Making Paper Fortune Tellers

Inspired by this one we first made from Flow magazine, we’ve been making lots of paper fortune tellers this summer. You probably remember making them as a child; I certainly do!

how to make a paper fortune teller



paper fortune teller


But instead of writing fortunes in, I’ve been writing activities in. Perfect for bored summer holiday moments, a quick fortune teller game decides whether the next activity is a trip to the park, watching a film, doing some painting or making a cake.

Fancy giving them a go?

To make a Paper Fortune Teller:

Take an A4 piece of paper.

Fold the bottom corner up so it meets the other side. Fold the other corner up to meet the opposite side too.

Then cut off the top – leaving you with a perfect square with diagonal folds across it.

Turn it over and fold over all the four corners so they meet at the points in the middle.

Flip it over.

Again, fold over all the four corners so that they meet at a point in the middle.

Then bend it slightly across the centre line and work your fingers into the four corners from the fold side and open them out a bit…

How to make a paper fortune teller


If you get stuck using my instructions and silly hand-drawn guidance, (complete with un-planned spot of pink watercolour paint)  head to YouTube and have a look at one of the many video tutorials on there.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making time for this nostalgic bit of creativity, and it’s been a great way of making decisions about play activities with the kids. There’s a little bit of me that thinks it’d be a great idea to have all my life decisions made by one of these. Maybe I’ll try it for a day and see what happens…





One Response to Making Paper Fortune Tellers

  1. Manneskjur says:

    Oh my what a blast from the past Elizabeth! I used to love these!
    I remember ones with boys names inside in primary school too – oh those were the days. On this – Kitty would love it!
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