Let’s Play a Game: Fortune Telling

Do you remember making paper fortune tellers when you were a child? My friends and I must have made hundreds over the years, ranging from your basic notebook paper and pencil to the more elaborate construction paper and marker. Some got really fancy. I even remember one with glitter. That’s right, glitter.

Have no clue what I’m talking about and/or need a refresher course in origami? Follow the instructions below to begin crafting your own.

HOW TO MAKE A PAPER FORTUNE TELLER

Start with a blank sheet of paper. Fold up the bottom left corner until it meets the other side.

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Fold the bottom right corner up to the other side to form a triangle (of sorts). Cut off the rectangle of unfolded paper at the top.

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Unfold and turn over.

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Fold each corner up to the middle so that all of the points meet. Flip over again.

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Fold each corner up toward the middle again so the points meet.

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Fold the square in half and unfold.

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Fold the square in half from top to bottom.

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Slide your pointer fingers and thumbs under the squares and push up to form pyramids.

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The fortune teller can be decorated anyway you would like. I like to decorate mine after folding so I can get the triangles inside exactly right.

You can use one color for each square but I like to use two.

You can use one color for each square but I like to use two.

Number each triangle inside.

Number each triangle inside.

Some people use text only, some pictures. I prefer a mixture of the two.

Write a fortune for each number. Some people use text only, some pictures. I prefer a mixture of the two.

Variety is the spice of life.

You can make the fortunes as silly or serious as you would like.

You can make the fortunes as serious or silly as you want.

Remember- variety is the spice of life.

This tiger is super badass.

This tiger is super badass.

HOW TO TELL FORTUNES

It’s more fun to tell someone else’s fortune but you can use it alone. Have the player select a color from the top and spell out the color while pulling the fortune teller in opposite directions for each letter.

Have the player choose a number from inside the fortune teller. Count to the chosen number while pulling the fortune teller in opposite directions on each count.

Have the player choose another number. Open the flap and read the fortune beneath the chosen number.

You have successfully told someone’s fortune!

LINKS

Here are some of the cool paper fortune tellers I came across while surfing the net. They all have files you can download and print to make your own.

What I Made…- A highly artistic fortune teller

Vintage Toys Blog- A retro fortune teller

Origami Yoda- A Star Wars wookie themed fortune teller.

Toys in the Dryer– A valentine’s day themed fortune teller.

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One comment

  1. Thanks so much for the shout-out to our Valentine’s fortune tellers!

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