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How to Fold and Use a Paper Fortune Teller

Last Updated: November 25, 2023 Fact Checked

Folding the Fortune Teller

Filling in the fortunes, playing with the fortune teller.

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This article was co-authored by Amy Guerrero and by wikiHow staff writer, Ali Garbacz, B.A. . Amy Guerrero is an Arts and Crafts Specialist and the Owner of Sunshine Craft Co., a crafting studio based in Phoenix, Arizona. Amy specializes in macrame, DIY crafting, and teaching fiber arts. She offers monthly in-person and online workshops along with having developed a range of DIY craft kits for at-home projects. Amy holds a BS in Industrial Design from Philadelphia University. She worked as a graphic designer before starting her own business. Sunshine Craft Co. is a creative hub that offers a wide range of workshops, tools, and resources for any craft project to inspire creativity and community engagement. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 1,065,165 times.

A paper fortune teller is a simple yet fun craft that creates infinite entertainment for you and your friends. All you need is a piece of paper, something to write with, and your imagination to come up with some fun and unique fortunes. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to make your very own fortune teller and get ready to amaze your friends with your predictions!

Step 1 Fold a square...

  • If you're using a piece of rectangular paper, you can cut it into a square .
  • Use colored paper to make your fortune teller stand out.
  • Use construction paper to make your fortune teller more sturdy and less flimsy.
  • Make sure you’re folding so that the creases all remain on the same side. The raised edges should all be on one side of the paper, while the indents should all remain on the other.
  • If the paper doesn’t stay in place when you press it with your fingernail, then use the edge of a spoon or knife to run along the fold.

Step 1 Number each small triangle 1 through 8.

  • Each of the smaller triangles will be on half of a larger triangle. If you want to make their separation more obvious, draw a line along the crease between them using a marker or colored pencil.
  • You’ll meet the love of your life soon
  • You’re going to get a lot of money
  • You’re going to be happy
  • You’re about to get some bad news
  • You’re going to misplace something
  • If you don’t have colored markers, just write the name of the color on the squares instead.
  • Be careful when you’re folding the corners inwards since the paper could potentially rip if you’re too rough.
  • For example, if you chose the color red, you'd say "R" and open the fortune teller one direction. Then, you'd say "E" and open it the other way. Finally, you'd say "D" and open it in the other direction one more time.
  • If you picked an even number, the fortune teller will end in the same position. If you picked an odd number, you’ll see new numbers to choose from.
  • Keep playing the fortune teller until you reveal all of the fortunes.

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  • You don’t have to only write fortunes. Switch things up and write things like dares or questions to give your friends. Thanks Helpful 15 Not Helpful 7
  • If you have small hands, use a smaller piece of paper to make a fortune teller that’s a good size for you to operate. Thanks Helpful 10 Not Helpful 4
  • Use colored paper to make your fortune teller more colorful. Thanks Helpful 10 Not Helpful 7

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  • Scissors (if using a rectangular piece of paper)
  • Square paper
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils

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Paper Fortune Teller

A fortune-teller is someone who, after examining something like the lines on your hand, tells you what they believe will happen to you in the future.

However, children's games employ this style of origami. Eight flaps on the inside of the fortune teller, each hiding a message, are labeled with colors or numbers to offer as possibilities for a player to choose from. Based on the player's decisions, the person operating the fortune teller manipulates the origami until one of the concealed messages is ultimately exposed. These messages might be tasks that the player needs to complete or they could pretend to be answers (thus the name).

There are various ways to use the fortune teller. The fortune teller holds the four corners of the paper with the index fingers and thumbs on both hands, keeping two pairs of corners together and the other two pairs apart so that only half of the internal sides of the corners are visible.

How to Play a Game Using an Origami Paper Fortune Teller?

Here's how to play. Ask a friend to pick a number from 1 to 10. Then open and close the fortune teller while counting to and stopping at the chosen number. Then ask your friend to pick a color. After a color is picked, open the flap containing that color and read the prewritten fortune to him or her.

There are several comparable techniques used to do manipulations. Another way to play. The player will typically ask the person holding the fortune teller a question, and the device will respond with the appropriate prediction. A number or color is then requested by the bearer. The holder switches between the two sets of colors and numbers inside the fortune teller using their fingers once the number or color has been selected. According to the number of letters in the color chosen, the number initially selected, or the sum of the two, the holder changes these spots a certain number of times.

The player selects one of the flaps that has been disclosed once the holder has done shifting the fortune teller's places. There are frequent colors or numbers on these flaps. The fortune is then seen when the person lifts the flap. The users may choose to repeat steps as necessary.

Paper Fortune Teller Rules

What are the Folded Paper Fortune Tellers Called?

They are generally called cootie catcher. A fortune teller (also called a cootie catcher, chatterbox, salt cellar, whirlybird, or paku-paku) and it is a form of origami used in children's games.

Why is it Called the Cootie Catcher?

This shape has been employed as a fortune teller in England and the United States since the 1950s! In toys that mimic the act of gathering insects like lice, other small creatures, and notably cooties, they are utilized under this term.

How Did Cooties Start?

However, reports indicate that the term's rise to slang insult fame began during World War I. Cooties initially arose in trench slang in 1915 as a colloquialism for head or body lice. It's apparently derived from the coot, a species of waterfowl generally known for being infested with lice and other parasites.

How Does a Paper Fortune Teller Work?

A fortune teller works by having the person whose fortune is being told choose a color from the ones labeled on the outer folds. The fortune teller's operator then spells out that color by pulling and pinching the sides four times to form the letters "B-L-U-E."

How to Make an Origami Fortune Teller?

Ready to make your own? Just follow the instructions below to learn how to make a fortune teller out of paper.

In short, by following the instructions in this article, you can simply create an easy fortune teller origami and spend time with your loved ones.Happy crafting and have a fun filled time with your loved ones!

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Teach your kids how to make an origami fortune teller for a fun paper craft that doubles as a game they’ll spend hours playing.

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You might remember making an origami fortune teller, aka cootie catcher, in grade school. This is a great beginner craft that only has a few steps. Teach your kids how to make one, then see how many different ways you can use it for games, learning, and silly fortunes.

Origami fortune teller activities

Classic fortune teller.

  • Write a mysterious fortune beneath the inside flaps.
  • Make them as vague as possible to get silly interpretations. For example: You’ll visit a new place, you might meet a stranger today, or you will find something that you lost.

Fortune teller game

  • Instead of numbers to count, write words that kids have to spell out.
  • Beneath the inside flaps, write different activities you have to do. For example: hop on one foot, do 5 jumping jacks, or sing a song.

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  • Number the outside as usual. For the inside, write a question on each flap and the answer beneath it.
  • Questions could include math problems, trivia, or anything that could go on flashcards.

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How to make a fortune teller

  • craft paper – White makes writing easier to read; colorful paper is pretty. Use whichever you prefer!
  • ruler , optional
  • pens or markers

Instructions

1. crease the paper into 4 sections..

Start with a square of paper. It can be any size, but generally 5-8 inches wide works best.

Fold the paper in half, crease, and unfold. Repeat the other direction. Your square should now have creases to mark 4 smaller squares.

A square piece of paper creased into 4 square sections.

2. Fold the corners to the center.

  • Next, fold the corner toward the center, making a triangle flap. Repeat with the other corners for 4 total. They should all meet in the center and more or less line up.

Square folded with 3 of 4 corners meeting in the center.

3. Fold the corners again.

Flip the paper over so that the open edges you just folded are facing down.

Fold the corner toward the center, making a triangle flap. Repeat with the other corners for 4 total. They should all meet in the center again.

Square paper with 4 corners folded toward the center.

4. Shape the corners.

  • Fold the paper in half to crease between each of the 4 sections and unfold. Separate each of the open corners by sliding your fingers into them.
  • Turn the fortune over. Open up the corners with the points facing up and open sides facing down.

Folded paper into a rectangle.

5. Number or label the flaps.

On the outside flaps, number each square 1 through 4.

On the inside flaps, number each triangle 1 through 8. Beneath each flap, write a fortune or activity.

A paper fortune with corners numbered 1 through 4.

How to use a paper fortune teller

Hold the fortune teller..

For the easiest way to use it, hold the fortune teller with both hands. Your thumbs go in 2 of the pockets and pointer fingers in the other 2 pockets. This makes it easy to grip and move.

A person holds an origami fortune teller with both hands.

Pick a number and count.

With the fortune closed, choose a number from the outside 4. Open and close the fortune, alternating directions and counting the number chosen.

Hold the fortune open to reveal half of the inside numbers, based on how many times you opened it.

A person holds a paper fortune open to reveal some of the inside numbers.

Pick a number and count again.

Next, choose a number from the ones visible inside. Repeat the opening and closing process, counting with the new number.

A person holding an open fortune to show the inside flap numbers.

Reveal the secret.

When you finish, there will be a few numbers showing (and they might be the same ones). Pick one of those numbers and see what’s behind it.

A person opening a paper fortune to reveal 2 activities: tell a funny story or do a cartwheel.

Making an origami fortune teller is a classic kids’ activity! Make one this week with your little ones for a fun boredom buster.

Printable instructions

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  • craft paper
  • ruler, optional
  • Start with a square of paper. It can be any size, but generally 5-8 inches wide works best. Fold the paper in half, crease, and unfold. Repeat the other direction. Your square should now have creases to mark 4 smaller squares.
  • Flip the paper over so that the open edges you just folded are facing down. Fold the corner toward the center, making a triangle flap. Repeat with the other corners for 4 total. They should all meet in the center again.
  • On the outside flaps, number each square 1 through 4. On the inside flaps, number each triangle 1 through 8. Beneath each flap, write a fortune or activity.

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How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

A single sheet of paper and a few origami folds are all you need in order to spend hours of fun finding out what luck you have in store. 

Humans have always had a fascination with what the future holds. We have our palms read, ask questions with Magic 8-Balls, and love to crack open fortune cookies hoping it will tell us that something good is on the horizon. These childhood favorites are a schoolyard staple. Make one to let your friends know what is in store for them. For extra-fancy versions, use patterned origami paper instead of plain or use a pair of scissors to cut out embellishments like letters, numbers, and stick-on stars.

Remember how to play ? First, hold the fortune teller: Insert your thumbs and index fingers into the four square flaps on one side, and move your fingers back and forth, opening the fortune teller's "mouth" in alternating directions. Have someone pick a panel from the first four flaps, and open and close the teller once for each letter in that word; repeat twice with the words, letters, or numbers on the inside triangles. Pick one last time; lift the flap, and reveal their fortune.

What You'll Need

  • Card stock paper (Colorbok Pastel Smooth Card Stock, 8.5" by 11")

Instructions

Fold a square piece of paper in half, then in half again. Open, and smooth flat.

Fold each of the four corners into the center, creating a smaller square.

Fold the paper in half and unfold; fold in half the other way and unfold. Write words, letters, or numbers on each of the four flaps and the eight triangles inside the teller.

Decorate your teller: On the outermost part of the teller, draw or glue colored paper circles. On the next layer, pick numbers to put on each smaller triangle. On the last layer, lift each flap to write "fortunes" underneath.

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How To Make Paper Fortune Teller (Step-by-Step Tutorial + Video)

Hello, today we’re going to show you how to make a project that’s enjoyable for kids as well as entertaining. Kids play this paper fortune teller, which is also known as a chatterbox or cootie catcher. This paper fortune teller is also an origami craft, which is made with just a piece of squared paper for your preferred color with some simple folding techniques. You can also check our step-by-step guide of Origami Fish and Origami Boat which is perfect for origami beginners and children.

Lets start the guide of How to Make Paper Fortune Teller, and also check out How kids can play with this origami craft which is simple and decorative.

Here is the video of this amazing tutorial :

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So lets begin the step-by-step tutorial of How To Make Paper Fortune Teller, which is explained in simple step :

Material’s You’ll Need :

  • Origami Paper ( Any preferred color ) – Any size, should be square shape.

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STEP 1 : Cut The Paper In Square

Take a A4 size paper or directly take a any squared paper as per the availability. If you are using a A4 size paper then fold the from left top edge and bring it bottom of the paper making a triangle shape.

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STEP 2 : Use Squared Paper

Cut the paper using scissors in a straight line forming a triangle and unfold the paper making a crease.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

STEP 3 : Make Fortune Teller Base

Crease the paper after folding it in half diagonally so that the two opposing corners line up. This is going to form a triangle.

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Unfold the paper and now, line the other two opposing corners and fold it diagonally in the other way, creasing the fold.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

STEP 4 : Fold The X Crease

An X shaped crease will be formed on the paper making a center point on the paper. Gently fold the sides of the paper from the edge towards the center.

Repeat the same folding steps for the other three sides, making a square box. Crease the folds at the corners by pressing on the square edges.

STEP 5 : Flip And Fold

Flip over the squared shape paper. The structure would be visible with four divided squares and a center point.

Fold each corner to the center again and complete the box. From all the four edges the paper would be folded at the center wherein all pointed edges would meet.

STEP 6 : Make Square Shape

Turn over the paper back and the front side of the paper fortune teller would be ready.

Simply fold the papers and crease at the edges. Open the center part and four pockets would be created which will help to hold the paper fortune teller firmly and also move from criss-cross movement.

The paper fortune teller base is ready and now its time to decorate and fill the numbers.

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Now, we will get a front side of the fortune teller and also the back side wherein there would be flaps which can be easily opened to view the luck or any good wishes mentioned in it to try the luck while playing with the paper fortune teller.

STEP 7 : Decorate

Write numbers on the backside of the paper fortune teller with a black marker pen or any colored crayons or pens.

Open the number flap and inside you can write a fortune messages or any good wishes to complete this fortune teller.

Flip back the front part of the paper fortune teller and color the four flaps with different colors , or write the names of the colors, for eg – Blue, Pink, Green, Red or stick on any four different color decorative to pick color while playing with the paper fortune teller.

That is all! You have made a fortune teller out of paper. You may write a variety of fortunes or messages on it for limitless amusement, or you can adorn it with drawings and patterns. You would also enjoy reading our easy origami envelope tutorial, which is as easy as this craft.

How To Play – Paper Fortune Teller

Once, you create a Paper Fortune Teller, by following this guideline, you can hold the fortune teller by placing your thumbs and fingers into the pockets created by the flaps. Your fingers should be touching from inside and making the fortune teller hold securely.

Now, ask your friend or any loved ones to choose a color which is outside of the fortune teller. If the person choose “Pink” color then, spell out the chosen color name, while moving the fortune teller back and forth, opening the fold of Pink color.

Once you flip back of the pink color, ask the person to choose the number from the flap. For eg : The person can choose between 3 or 4 . If the person chooses number 3 then open the flap and read the message or note written backside of number 3.

Yippie, the note written on the number 3 flap is – chocolates, so your you got lucky and you will receive a sweet treat soon of chocolates.

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Kids mainly call it Fortune Teller, but it is also called a cootie catcher or a chatterbox.

Yes, paper fortune teller is an origami craft. This origami craft is simple to make and is loved by kids and they enjoy playing with this easy to make paper fortune teller.

Fortune Teller. It is also called as a paper fortune teller as this craft contains small pockets at the backside wherein the kids can place their fingers to move the fortune teller.

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Introduction: Fortune-Teller Origami

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This tutorial will teach you how to make the handheld paper fortune tellers that we all used to make back in elementary school!

For such a simple craft, you don't need a whole lot of materials!

  • A single sheet of blank US letter sized paper

You can also use coloured pencils, markers, or stickers to make it bright, colourful, and fun! But for this tutorial, we are going to make it as basic as possible.

Step 1: Cross-Body Fold

Cross-Body Fold

Take your sheet of paper and fold it diagonally so that the top edge of the paper lines up with the left edge of the paper. Make sure that the point at the top of the diagonal fold is sharp and the paper isn't folded unevenly!

Step 2: Trimming the Square

Trimming the Square

Cut off the strip of paper that isn't part of the folded layer so that you have a single folded triangle.

Step 3: Unfold-Refold

Unfold-Refold

Unfold your triangle and rotate it so that the fold is a vertical line.

Take the bottom corner of the paper square and fold it up to make another triangle.

Unfold the paper to reveal a plus sign-shaped fold in the paper square.

Step 4: Make a Smaller Square

Make a Smaller Square

Take the corner-edges of the square and start folding them inward so that the points meet at the center of the plus-sign fold.

Repeat this step with each corner until you have a smaller square with all edges folded in.

Step 5: Make an Even SMALLER Square

Make an Even SMALLER Square

Flip over the paper square.

Repeat the previous folding steps by taking the corners and folding them in towards the center until you have an even smaller square.

Step 6: Number Time!

Number Time!

Write the numbers 1 through 4 on each paper corner, one number on each corner.

Flip the paper over and write the numbers 1 through 8 on each section of the folded flaps.

Step 7: Flexibility Folding

Flexibility Folding

Flip the square over so that you see your 1 through 4 numbers again.

Fold the paper in half one way, then unfold it and then fold it the other way like another plus-sign. This gives the fortune-teller flexibility when you place your fingers into it.

Step 8: Fortune Writing

Fortune Writing

Flip the paper square over.

Open up the folded sections and write a fortune underneath each section. Remember that you have 8 sections, even though 2 sections share a flap. Make sure that you let the folds of the paper determine the section that you are writing in so that one fortune for one number doesn't flow into the fortune of another number!

Step 9: Harass Your Friends

Harass Your Friends

Slip your fingers under the 1 through 4 labelled folds and there you go!

Your fortune-teller is now completed! Go out and harass your friends with horrifically inaccurate fortune-telling!

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Are you looking for a fun and creative activity to do at home or with your kids? Look no further than a paper fortune teller! Also known as a cootie catcher, this paper toy has been enjoyed by children and adults alike for generations. In this article, we’ll take you through the steps to make your own paper fortune teller and provide tips on how to decorate and write fortunes.

Materials Needed

Learn how to make a paper fortune teller with our easy-to-follow instructions.

Before you can get started on your paper fortune teller, you’ll need a few materials. Luckily, you probably already have most of them at home! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper (printer paper or construction paper works well)
  • Pens or markers for decorating
  • Optional: stickers, washi tape, or other decorative elements

If you don’t have any paper on hand, you can easily purchase some at a local craft store or online. The same goes for any decorative elements you might want to add. Keep in mind that the paper fortune teller can be made with any size paper, but the instructions will be for an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet.

Now that you have your materials ready, it’s time to start folding your paper fortune teller. Don’t worry if you’re new to origami – this is a simple and easy project that anyone can do!

Step 1: Fold the Paper in Half

Take your sheet of paper and fold it in half horizontally, creasing the center. Then unfold the paper and fold it in half vertically, creasing the center again. You should now have four equal-sized rectangles on your paper.

Step 2: Fold the Corners

Fold each corner of the paper towards the center, making sure that the edges meet. Then, flip the paper over and repeat the process on the other side. You should now have an X-shaped crease on your paper.

Step 3: Fold the Paper in Half

Fold the paper in half horizontally again, this time bringing the top edge down to the bottom edge. Crease the center.

Step 4: Create the Fortune Teller

Using your fingers, gently push the four corners of the paper towards the center, creating a small pocket. Then, fold the paper in half vertically and tuck your fingers inside the pockets to create the fortune teller. Voila! You have now made your own paper fortune teller.

Steps to Fold the Paper Fortune Teller: Detailed Instructions and Visual Aids

Now that you have all of your materials ready, it’s time to fold your paper fortune teller. If you’re having trouble following the written instructions, don’t worry! Here’s a helpful video that will guide you through each step:

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If you prefer written instructions, here they are:

Start with a square piece of paper. Fold it in half diagonally, creasing the center. Unfold the paper and fold it in half diagonally again, creasing it the other way.

Fold each corner of the paper towards the center, making sure that the edges meet. Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side.

Fold the paper in half horizontally, bringing the top edge down to the bottom edge. Crease the center.

Fold the paper in half vertically, bringing the left edge over to the right edge. Crease the center.

Using your fingers, gently push the four corners of the paper towards the center, creating a small pocket. Then, fold the paper in half vertically and tuck your fingers inside the pockets to create the fortune teller.

Decorating the Paper Fortune Teller: Tips and Design Options

Once you have your paper fortune teller folded, it’s time to decorate it! This is where you can get creative and add your own personal touch. Here are some suggestions for decorating your fortune teller:

  • Use pens or markers to draw designs or patterns on the outside of the fortune teller.
  • Add stickers or washi tape to create a fun and colorful design.
  • Write your name or initials on the outside of the fortune teller.
  • Use different colored paper to make a multicolored fortune teller.

There are endless design options when it comes to decorating your fortune teller, so don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with it! Just be sure to leave enough space to write your fortunes on the inside.

In addition to decorating the outside of the fortune teller, you can also add designs or patterns to the inside flaps. This will make it more visually appealing and add an element of surprise when someone opens it up to read their fortune.

Overall, decorating your paper fortune teller is a great way to make it unique and personalized. Whether you’re making it for yourself or for someone else, take the time to add your own flair and make it special.

Writing the Fortunes: Tips and Examples

One of the most enjoyable parts of making a paper fortune teller is writing the fortunes that go inside. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Keep it simple: The fortunes don’t have to be complex or profound. In fact, sometimes the simplest fortunes are the most enjoyable.

Be positive: It’s important to keep the fortunes positive and uplifting. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun activity!

Get creative: Think outside the box and come up with unique fortunes that will surprise and delight your friends and family.

Now, let’s take a look at some examples of fortunes for different age groups:

  • You will find a penny on the ground today!
  • You will make a new friend this week.
  • You are a superhero in disguise!
  • You will ace your next test.
  • Someone special is thinking about you right now.
  • You will discover a hidden talent this year.

For Adults:

  • You will receive a promotion at work.
  • A long-lost friend will get in touch with you soon.
  • You will go on an exciting adventure in the near future.

How to Use the Paper Fortune Teller: Instructions and Suggestions

Now that you have your paper fortune teller and fortunes ready, it’s time to start playing! Here’s how to use the paper fortune teller:

Hold the fortune teller in your hands, with your thumbs and index fingers on the top and bottom flaps.

Move the fortune teller back and forth to open and close it.

Choose a color or number on the top flaps and spell out the word while moving the fortune teller back and forth. For example, if you choose the color blue, you would move the fortune teller back and forth four times while spelling out B-L-U-E.

Choose a number on the inside flaps and move the fortune teller back and forth that number of times.

Choose a final number on the inside flaps and lift up the flap to reveal your fortune!

Here are some suggestions on how to play with others:

Take turns asking and answering questions using the fortune teller.

Use the fortunes as conversation starters at a party or gathering.

Create a game where each player has to complete a task based on their fortune.

Remember, the possibilities are endless when it comes to playing with a paper fortune teller. So get creative and have fun!

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Fortune Teller Paper – 110 Fun and Mystical Predictions

Welcome to the enchanting world of Fortune Teller Paper! Discover the thrill of predicting the future and delighting your loved ones with this simple origami craft. In this guide, we’ll show you how to create your own Fortune Teller Paper, offer tips for accurate folding, and provide instructions on how to use it. Explore the meanings behind the predictions, enjoy interactive games, and uncover the fascinating origins of this mystical tradition. Get ready to unleash your imagination and embark on an exciting journey of fortune-telling fun!

Fortune Teller Paper - 110 Fun and Mystical Predictions

Table of Contents

Material Need To Make Fortune Teller Paper

Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Fortune Teller Paper

Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Fortune Teller Paper

  • Gather the necessary materials:  Prepare a square sheet of paper, markers, or colored pencils for decoration.
  • Folding instructions with illustrations:  Follow our detailed step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations to create the Fortune Teller Paper.
  • Tips for achieving precise folds:  Learn valuable tips and techniques to ensure your folds are crisp and accurate, resulting in a well-crafted Fortune Teller Paper.
  • Decorative ideas to personalize your Fortune Teller Paper:  Get creative and make your Fortune Teller Paper unique by adding designs, patterns, or colors that reflect your style and personality. Let your imagination run wild!

Fortune Teller Paper Predictions and Meanings

The Fortune Teller Paper has several sections, each revealing a prediction or message. Here’s an overview of the various sections and their predictions:

  • Numbers:  The numbers on the inner flaps correspond to a specific prediction or category.
  • Colors:  The colors on the outer flaps are associated with different predictions or themes.

Interpretation of different results and meanings

Interpreting the predictions on the Fortune Teller Paper is part of the fun. Each prediction can be open to personal interpretation, but here are some general meanings for common categories:

  • Love:  Predictions related to relationships, romance, and emotional connections.
  • Career:  Insights about work, professional growth, and success.
  • Friendship:  Predictions centered around friendships, social interactions, and connections.
  • Adventure:  Messages encouraging new experiences, exploring opportunities, and embracing change.

20 Fortune Teller Ideas To Write And Predict

20 Fortune Teller Ideas To Write And Predict

Fortune Teller ideas can be adapted and enjoyed by people of all ages, allowing everyone to participate in the delightful and magical experience of Fortune Teller Paper.

Animal Kingdom

Predict your favorite animal or the animal that represents your personality.

Travel Destinations

Discover where your next adventure will take you.

Friendship Traits

Uncover the qualities that make you a great friend.

Superpowers

Imagine the extraordinary abilities you would possess as a superhero.

Future Career

Explore potential career paths or dream job possibilities.

Love Languages

Identify how you express and receive love in relationships.

Book Recommendations

Find out what book you should read next.

Fun Activities

Predict exciting activities or hobbies you should try.

Bucket List

Unveil a future goal or experience you should add to your bucket list.

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

Receive a nugget of wisdom or advice for the day.

Secret Talents

Discover hidden talents or abilities you may possess.

Positive Affirmations

Receive uplifting and empowering messages to boost your confidence.

Life Lessons

Reflect on valuable life lessons or insights for personal growth.

Food Choices

Determine what delicious meal or snack you should indulge in.

Travel Companions

Predict the perfect travel companion for your next trip.

Future Trends

Gain insight into upcoming trends or innovations in technology, fashion, or entertainment.

Hobby Matches

Find out which hobby or recreational activity suits your personality.

Lucky Numbers

Discover your lucky numbers for potential lottery or game-winning endeavors.

Personal Mantra

Receive a powerful phrase or motto to inspire and motivate you.

Enjoy a surprise prediction filled with humor or quirky outcomes.

10 Fortune Teller Kids Paper Ideas

10 Fortune Teller Kids Paper Ideas

Fantasy Creatures

Predict which mythical creature would be your best friend.

Favorite School Subject

Determine which subject you’ll excel or enjoy most.

Sports Star

Discover the sport you’ll excel at or have a natural talent for.

Pet Predictions

Find out which type of pet would be the perfect match for you.

Future Inventor

Unveil an invention you’ll create that will change the world.

Funniest Joke

Receive a hilarious joke or pun to share with friends and family.

Dream Vacation

Explore your dream vacation destination and what adventures await you.

Kindness Challenge

Predict a kind act or good deed you can do to make someone’s day brighter.

Music Maestro

Discover the musical instrument you’ll be amazing at playing.

Outdoor Adventure

Predict an exciting outdoor activity or exploration you’ll embark on.

20 Fortune Teller Sayings To Write On Paper For Kids

Fortune Teller’s sayings for  kids impact positive and uplifting , encouraging self-belief, kindness, imagination, and a sense of wonder. They aim to inspire and motivate young minds to embrace their potential and approach life enthusiastically and positively.

  • “Believe in yourself, and magic will happen!”
  • “You are destined for greatness!”
  • “Adventure awaits just around the corner.”
  • “Dream big and make it happen!”
  • “Spread kindness like confetti!”
  • “Embrace your uniqueness and let it shine.”
  • “You have the power to make a difference.”
  • “Stay curious and never stop exploring.”
  • “Find joy in the little things every day.”
  • “Remember, you are loved and cherished always.”
  • “Let your imagination soar and create magic wherever you go.”
  • “In every mistake, there’s a chance to learn and grow.”
  • “Be a superhero of kindness, spreading smiles wherever you roam.”
  • “The world is your canvas; paint it with your vibrant dreams.”
  • “You have a heart full of courage and bravery.”
  • “Chase your dreams with determination, and they will come true.”
  • “Find joy in the journey, not just the destination.”
  • “Every day is a new adventure waiting to be discovered.”
  • “Your laughter is contagious; share it with the world.”
  • “You can make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.”

You may also  encourage your child to write  their own ideas as sayings on paper while playing.

10 Paper Fortune Teller Ideas For Adults

  • Travel Escapades:  Predict your next exciting travel destination or adventure.
  • Career Booster:  Discover a valuable tip or insight to advance your professional journey.
  • Mindfulness Moment:  Receive a calming affirmation or mindfulness exercise to practice.
  • Personal Achievement:  Unveil a future accomplishment you’ll be proud of achieving.
  • Relationship Insight:  Gain wisdom or guidance regarding a current or future relationship.
  • Financial Success:  Predict a positive financial outcome or investment opportunity.
  • Creative Inspiration:  Discover inspiration for your artistic or creative endeavors.
  • Self-Care Prescription:  Receive a personalized self-care activity or practice to prioritize.
  • Life-changing Decision:  Gain insight and guidance on an important decision.
  • Wellness Boost:  Uncover a wellness practice or habit that will improve your overall well-being.

20 Fortune Teller Origami Sayings

  • “Unlock the doors to endless possibilities and embrace the adventure.”
  • “Your creativity knows no bounds; let it guide you to extraordinary heights.”
  • “Trust your intuition, for it is a powerful compass leading you to greatness.”
  • “Wisdom is your ally; seek it within and share it with the world.”
  • “Love surrounds you; open your heart and let its magic embrace your soul.”
  • “Embrace change fearlessly, for it holds the key to growth and transformation.”
  • “Your dreams are whispers of your soul; listen closely and pursue them fiercely.”
  • “Radiate positivity, and watch as it illuminates your path to success.”
  • “Gratitude is the secret ingredient to a fulfilling and joyful life; cultivate it daily.”
  • “Courage is your greatest strength; tap into it to overcome any obstacle.”
  • “Embrace the beauty of imperfection; it’s what makes you uniquely you.”
  • “The universe conspires in your favor; trust its divine timing and unfold your destiny.”
  • “Embrace the unknown, for within it lies the magic of endless possibilities.”
  • “Adversity is a stepping stone to greatness; rise above and let your resilience shine.”
  • “Kindness is a superpower; use it to create ripple effects of love and compassion.”
  • “Every ending is a new beginning; release the past and welcome the promising future.”
  • “Seek joy in the simplest moments; they can transform your world.”
  • “Your authentic self is your greatest gift to the world; let it shine unapologetically.”
  • “You have the power to manifest your desires; believe in your innate ability to create.”
  • “Life is a beautiful dance; let go, surrender to the rhythm, and enjoy every step.”

10 Fortune Teller Origami Ideas

Here we are providing unique Fortune Teller Origami ideas that offer diverse inspirations and insights to enrich your journey through life. Unfold the magic and let these origami creations spark your imagination and personal growth.

  • Elements of Nature:  Discover which natural element (earth, air, fire, water) resonates with your spirit.
  • Inspiring Quotes:  Unfold a meaningful and inspiring quote that will uplift your day.
  • Personal Mantra:  Create a personalized mantra or affirmation to guide and empower you.
  • Travel Serendipity:  Predict a serendipitous travel experience in the future.
  • Mindful Moment:  Unveil a mindful activity or practice to bring peace and clarity to your mind.
  • Creativity Booster:  Receive a creative prompt or idea to ignite your artistic expression.
  • Wellness Journey:  Discover a wellness practice or habit to enhance your overall well-being.
  • Dream Symbol:  Decode a symbol from your dreams and gain insight into its meaning.
  • Personal Growth:  Uncover a valuable lesson or growth opportunity that lies ahead.
  • Friendship Forecast:  Predict a special bond or new friendship that will bring joy to your life.

20 Paper Fortune Teller Games

The Paper Fortune Teller games offer interactive and entertaining experiences for individuals or groups, bringing laughter, challenge, and excitement to your gatherings or leisure time. Have fun exploring these games, and let the surprises unfold!

“Would You Rather”

Pose a series of fun and thought-provoking “Would You Rather” questions for players to choose between.

“Truth or Dare”

Assign truth-or-dare challenges to each section, allowing players to choose their fate.

“Guess the Movie”

Write down movie titles on the flaps and have players guess the movie based on the clues given.

“Song Lyrics Challenge”

Fill the flaps with lines from popular songs and challenge players to guess the song or complete the lyrics.

“Trivia Time”

Create a trivia game by writing down trivia questions on the flaps and revealing the answers when they unfold.

“Future Fortune”

Fill the sections with different future scenarios and have players predict which one will come true for each other.

“Charades Challenge”

Write down different charade prompts on the flaps and have players act them out.

“Bucket List Adventures”

Write down adventurous activities or experiences on the flaps and have players share their aspirations.

“Personality Quiz”

Create a personality quiz by assigning different personality traits to each section and having players discover their results.

“Laugh-out-Loud Jokes”

Fill the flaps with funny jokes and enjoy sharing laughter.

“Emoji Pictionary”

Fill the flaps with different emojis and challenge players to guess the word or phrase represented by each set of emojis.

“Story Starters”

Write down story prompts on the flaps and have players continue the story from where it left off.

“Fantasy Character Creator”

Assign different traits (such as magical powers, appearance, and personality) to each section and have players create their unique fantasy character.

“Word Association”

Write down random words on the flaps and have players develop associations or connections between the words.

“Celebrity Matchmaker”

Assign different celebrities to each section and have players match themselves or their friends with the celebrity they land on.

“Destination Roulette”

Fill the sections with various travel destinations and have players spin the fortune teller to discover their next imaginary vacation spot.

“Inventor’s Challenge”

Assign different objects or problems to each section and have players develop inventive solutions or creative uses for the objects.

“Movie Plot Twist”

Write down different movie plots on the flaps and have players suggest unexpected twists or alternate endings.

“Food Fusion”

Fill the flaps with different food items and have players combine them to create a unique and imaginative dish.

“Time Travel Adventure”

Assign different historical eras or periods to each section and have players imagine a time travel adventure in that era.

Paper Fortune Teller games provide a fun and interactive experience for all ages. Whether you’re seeking predictions, creative prompts, or engaging challenges, these games offer a delightful way to spark imagination, foster connection, and bring moments of laughter and excitement to any gathering or leisure time. Unfold the magic and enjoy the adventure!

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DIY Paper Fortune Teller- Cootie Catcher

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Fun Paper Fortune Teller Games

Need a 5–10-minute craft and a bit of fun? A Paper Fortune Teller is an origami finger game made from one sheet of paper. It moves up, down, and sideways on your fingers in a game of chance answers.

Add riddles or predictions of future dreams and you are ready for lots of laughs!

Also terrific for a fast puppet or cute May basket!! Versatile, fast, and easy!

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Cootie Catchers - ha!

Did you ever make a paper fortune teller in grade school? We called them cootie catchers or pinchers and filled them with riddles or predictions of who we might marry. 

This little folded paper game provided entertainment so many times when all we had was a piece of paper, some time to fill, and a bit of imagination. We probably made hundreds of cootie catchers over the years- for games, puppets, and May baskets.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Origami fortune teller or origami finger game

I never thought of this being origami, but that’s what it is! We would tear a piece of paper into a square, fold it carefully, and write our messages inside. So technically, it is origami. I’ve heard it called an origami finger game as well.

  • Free Printable Paper Fortune Teller Pattern

There is a printable paper fortune teller for you to print off, cut out and fold if you would like. Or you can easily cut and use your own paper. Let’s see how it works.

Print off the Printable Paper Fortune Teller and cut it out . Here is the link: Printable Paper Fortune Teller .

OR you can take a sheet of printer paper, fold down one corner to make a triangle from the paper and cut off the extra. The triangle will open and be an even square. That’s the starting point of this craft, a square piece of paper.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Paper Fortune Teller Instructions

Crease the paper all directions.

  • Fold the square paper in half one direction, crease well, and then open out flat. Fold the square paper in half the other direction, crease well and then open out flat. Then fold the square paper diagonally both directions, crease well, and open out flat again.

These crease lines will help you to do the origami folding of the fortune teller evenly- so make the first folds as accurately as possible.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Fold the corners into the center

Lay the flat but creased paper in front of you. Fold a corner of the paper into the very center of the square (where all of the first creased lines intersect). 

Note: If using the free printable pattern , start with the printed side DOWN.

Repeat this with all four corners of the paper. These corners of the original square should meet at the center but not overlap. 

Keep the corners folded in, don’t unfold again- which makes it a smaller square.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Write on or color in the color words

If you are making the game from your own paper, write a color word on each point that meets at the center- “BLUE”, “YELLOW”, “RED”, and “GREEN”.

Note: The free printable paper will have this done for you. 

Turn this over.

Fold into the center again

Fold each of the corners of this smaller square into the center and crease well. They will touch at the center but not overlap (like the first time). Keep these folded in. 

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Write on the numbers

If you are making the game from your own paper, write a number on each of the 8 small triangle sections you see. Number them 1-8.

Note: The free printable paper will have this done for you.

This is all the origami folding that needs to be done in this simple project. Easy-peasy!

Turn the folded Paper Fortune Teller over.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

The fun part!

The folds have created four little pockets that you can stick your fingers into (use your thumb and first three fingers- the poor pinky finger gets left out!).

This pops these little pockets open (your fingers go in these pockets) and causes the four corners of the square to meet together in a point. This takes a bit of maneuvering the first time you do it. 

As you move your fingers you can open the points up and down. This will create the movement of the game (or puppet).

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Paper fortune teller instructions

Now for instructions on how to make and play the game.

You will have a person choose a color on the front of the Paper Fortune Teller. Then you’ll move the “mouth” up and down as you spell the color they have chosen. 

So if they choose “RED”, you open it up and down/then sideways and back together three times as you spell out “R-E-D”. 

Then the person will choose a number from inside the open Paper Fortune Teller “mouth” from the position it is in after you have spelled out the color.

On my game, the numbers 7,8,3, or 4 are available as choices after spelling out R-E-D.

So if they choose “8”, you take the Paper Fortune Teller off your fingers and lift the flap with an “8” on it to see what it says.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

But we haven’t written anything under the flaps yet!!! 

OK, let’s decide what game we are playing and do that next.

Lay the Paper Fortune teller back down on the table and flatten it out again so that the side with the 8 numbers is on top.

You will be lifting each flap and writing something on the area underneath each number. That is what you will read to the person you are playing with when they choose that number. Make sense?

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Decide which game to play

Now that you know how the game is played you can start imagining ways you could use it as a game. There are a lot of ways to use this as a game. Here are a few ideas of things to write under the flaps.

  • Write short jokes- (perfect for April Fool's Day!)
  • Answers to yes/no questions (like- “Definitely so” or “No way!”)
  • Fun fortunes (like- “You will make a friend today”)
  • Activities to go and do (like- go play hide-n-seek)
  • Learning games (like questions and answers to something that is being studied)

List of things to write under the flaps- ideas

There are lists of answer possibilities for these games on the Free Printable Paper Fortune Teller Pattern for you to choose from if you would like! Here is the link again: Free Printable Paper Fortune Teller Pattern

Yep, that's it!

Now go and find someone to play with!

Keep this idea in mind for a time filler. Just need a piece of paper and a pencil!

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Other ideas for your Paper Fortune Teller- Cootie Catcher

Here are a couple other really cute ideas that we used to do with the Paper Fortune Teller.

Cute May Basket from a Paper Fortune Teller

Cut and fold a large colorful square of paper into a paper fortune teller. Place it points down on the table and add a handle to the top.

Put a few flowers and a bit of candy in the pockets and it makes a great May basket!

how to make a paper fortune teller game

Simple Puppet from a Paper Fortune Teller

A Paper Fortune Teller can also be used as a very simple puppet. Put your fingers in the fortune teller and close the pointed parts together to form the “mouth” of the puppet. 

Draw a mouth on the horizontal line and two eyes above the mouth, on each side of the vertical line. 

You can add decorations of all types to the face. Be creative!

Only open the fortune teller up and down to make the mouth move. It’s a puppet!!

Oh, I just remembered, we used to draw a “tongue” inside the open mouth- ha!

You can add whatever features you would like. Simple and fun! 

how to make a paper fortune teller game

YouTube Video

Pop on over to YouTube to watch the video if that is your preference. And while you are at it, subscribe while you are there! Link: YouTube video link for Paper Fortune Teller- Cootie Catcher DIY

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how to make a paper fortune teller game

Items Required   

  • OR copy paper
  • Colored pencils  or  markers

Instructions  

  • Print off the Free Printable Paper Fortune Teller Pattern and  cut it out . Here is the link: Printable Paper Fortune Teller. OR you can take a sheet of printer paper, fold down one corner to make a triangle from the paper and  cut off  the extra. The triangle will open and be an even square. That’s the starting point of this craft, a square piece of paper.
  • Lay the flat but creased paper in front of you. Fold a corner of the paper into the very center of the square (where all of the first creased lines intersect).  Note: If using the free printable pattern, start with the printed side DOWN. Repeat this with all four corners of the paper. These corners of the original square should meet at the center but not overlap.  Keep the corners folded in, don’t unfold again- which makes it a smaller square.
  • If you are making the game from your own paper,  write a color word  on each point that meets at the center- “BLUE”, “YELLOW”, “RED”, and “GREEN”. Note: The free printable paper will have this done for you.  Turn this over.
  • Fold each of the corners of this smaller square into the center and crease well. They will touch at the center but not overlap (like the first time). Keep these folded in.
  • If you are making the game from your own paper, write a number on each of the 8 small triangle sections you see. Number them 1-8. Note: The free printable paper will have this done for you. This is all the origami folding that needs to be done in this simple project. Easy-peasy! Turn the folded Paper Fortune Teller over.
  • The folds have created four little pockets that you can stick your fingers into (use your thumb and first three fingers- the poor pinky finger gets left out!). This pops these little pockets open (your fingers go in these pockets) and causes the four corners of the square to meet together in a point. This takes a bit of maneuvering the first time you do it.  As you move your fingers you can open the points up and down. This will create the movement of the game (or puppet).
  • Now for instructions on how to make and play the game. You will have a person choose a color on the front of the Paper Fortune Teller. Then you’ll move the “mouth” up and down as you spell the color they have chosen.  So if they choose “RED”, you open it up and down/then sideways and back together three times as you spell out “R-E-D”.  Then the person will choose a number from inside the open Paper Fortune Teller “mouth” from the position it is in after you have spelled out the color. On my game, the numbers 7,8,3, or 4 are available as choices after spelling out R-E-D. So if they choose “8”, you take the Paper Fortune Teller off your fingers and lift the flap with an “8” on it to see what it says.
  • Lay the Paper Fortune teller back down on the table and flatten it out again so that the side with the 8 numbers is on top. You will be lifting each flap and writing something on the area underneath each number. That is what you will read to the person you are playing with when they choose that number. Make sense?
  • There are lists of possibilities of what to write (several game ideas) on the Free Printable Paper Fortune Teller Pattern for you to choose from if you would like! Here is the link again: Free Printable Paper Fortune Teller Pattern
  • Other uses for the paper fortune teller- draw a face on the front and use it as a finger puppet. OR staple on a handle and use it as a May Basket!!

Supplies for Paper Fortune Teller- Cootie Catchers

  • Paper Fortune Teller- Cootie Catcher Free Printable (print on one side only)
  • Colored pencils or markers

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How to make a fortune teller out of paper

We’ve all seen the classic fortune teller origami, and kids love it! Grab some paper and teach your little ones how to create their own.

Katie Dolan

Fortune tellers have been around for donkey's years. You probably played with them as a child, and your parents probably did too. It might have been a while since you folded one of these fun origami toys though, so we’ve put together a bit of a refresher for you!

There are so many things you can do with these nifty little creations. You can read fortunes, answer ‘yes or no’ questions, and even use them for fun challenges. They’re easy to make, kids love them, and all you need is a sheet of square paper and a pen!

We’ll walk you through step-by-step how to fold a fortune teller, and you’ll find some helpful illustrations too. Afterwards, you’ll need to decide what purpose you want your fortune teller to have; you can find a few fun ideas below.

What is a fortune teller?

A fortune teller is a pyramid-like structure made using the origami technique. It is made from a single piece of square paper which will read the player’s fortune once they have picked a variety of choices.

how to make a paper fortune teller game

How to play a fortune teller

A fortune teller is super simple to play. Follow the steps below as a basic guide. You can of course be as creative as you like with it!

  • Once you’ve assembled your fortune teller place your fingers in the four gaps
  • Another person picks a colour (for example blue)
  • You then spell out the word (B-L-U-E) moving your fingers between a pinching and pushing motion on each letter
  • You’ll reveal four numbers, and the other person chooses a number. Repeat step 3 but for the number rather than the word
  • Another four numbers are revealed, and the other person chooses their last number. This number is flipped up and the fortune is revealed.

How to make a fortune teller

You will need:.

  • Origami paper (Any size)

Fold your paper in half, and fold it in half again to create a square.

fortune teller step 1

Unfold the square, back to where you started.

Now fold each corner to the centre.

fortune teller 2

Fold the square in half, and then in half again.

fortune teller 3

Unfold to Step 2. Flip over your square and fold each corner into the centre.

fortune teller 3

Fold in half, poke your finger in the middle and push so that the sides pop open.

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Once you are finished with the folds, open up your fortune teller and you can write inside. Make it as colourful and fun as you like! We have gone simple with ours, but there are plenty of fun ways to spice it up, use coloured pens for example!

Since you have already made the folds it will be easy to reconstruct it again afterwards.

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What to write in a fortune teller

It’s time to write some fortunes! You might have already harnessed the power of the universe to write your fortunes, but if you need a few ideas to get you started, keep reading.

Fortune 8-ball ideas

These fortune tellers will answer a ‘yes or no’ question. Choose eight options from the list below to complete your fortune teller (ensure you choose a mixture of positive and negative answers).

Positive answers

  • It is certain
  • It is decidedly so
  • Without a doubt
  • Yes definitely
  • You may rely on it
  • As I see it, yes
  • Most likely
  • Outlook good
  • Signs point to yes

Neutral answers

  • Reply hazy, try again
  • Ask again later
  • Better not tell you now
  • Cannot predict now
  • Concentrate and ask again

Negative answers

  • Don’t count on it
  • My reply is no
  • My sources say no
  • Outlook not so good
  • Very doubtful.

Source: Wikipedia

Fortune challenges ideas for kids

This is a fun way to keep the little ones entertained! Here are a few ideas of challenges to get you started, but there are no limits to what you can include.

  • Pull a funny face
  • Do 10 star jumps
  • Do your best animal impression
  • Lick your elbow
  • Draw a picture of your favourite animal
  • Do a cartwheel
  • Build a house of cards
  • Do a handstand
  • Hold your breath for as long as you can
  • Make up a secret handshake

Fortune teller answers for kids, would you rather?

The classic ‘would you rather?’ It’s a great way to get your kids debating and using their imagination! Here are some inventive questions we know they’ll enjoy.

Would you rather…

  • Have endless chocolate or endless sweets?
  • Be able to fly or become invisible?
  • Own a cat or a dog?
  • Have endless cola or lemonade?
  • Breathe underwater or go to outer space?
  • Live in a castle or a live treehouse?
  • Be really strong or really fast?
  • Have a pet tarantula or a pet snake?
  • Every day was Christmas or every day was Halloween?
  • Have your own robot or your own jetpack?

Fortune teller ideas

These ideas are more general and can be used in paper fortune tellers for both adults and kids. The words in brackets can be changed to whatever works for you.

  • Something exciting will happen on [Thursday]
  • You will have good luck today
  • [Blue] is your lucky colour
  • You will have a fun adventure
  • You will make a best friend
  • Someone will make you smile today
  • The [8th] of next month is your day
  • Someone new will come into your life soon
  • You will have a new experience this week
  • Welcome a change

Printable fortune tellers for grown-ups

We can’t leave out the grown-ups from all the fun! If you prefer not to make your own fortune tellers, you can buy pre-printed ones. Here are a few fun fortune tellers for you.

1. Fortune teller for Valentine’s Day

This fortune teller is perfect entertainment for couples. It has some fun ‘would you rather’ questions to help you get to know your partner a little better!

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2. Spooky fortune teller

Rather than a number you can choose a tarot-style illustration to guide your fortune! These are fun to play with but also work brilliantly if you take part in fancy dress.

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3. Edgar Allan Poe inspired fortune teller

This one is for gothic literary fans! Each fortune is a quote from one of Poe’s famous stories. Beautifully illustrated, this fortune teller looks good enough to display.

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4. Wedding favour fortune teller

An unusual wedding favour but a clever way to keep your guests entertained! Each fortune is a conversation starter based on the special couple.

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Creating fun origami for kids

It’s so easy to teach the kids how to make a fortune teller once you master the technique. They are sure to impress their friends and classmates with this fun project.

We can see into your future… It looks like more origami!

Origami is a great way to keep the kids busy, but also a therapeutic craft for adults. Find your next project with our origami for beginners .

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17 Wacky Things to Put Inside a Paper Fortune Teller

If you grew up before “screen time” was a thing to worry about, then you’ve made origami paper fortune tellers — also known as cootie catchers or chatterboxes — when you were a kid. Right?

One day Mitch came home with a folded paper fortune teller his friend’s mom made to entertain them during a sleepover. He thought it was the Coolest Thing Ever and insisted (several times) to tell my fortune with it.

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The fortune teller was getting pretty beat up after a few days, so we needed to make another one! But what should we put INSIDE the dang thing?

So I turned to the internet, and BOY OH BOY are there some creative people out there!

Incase you need a brush up on how to fold a fortune teller , here’s some directions. Pretty soon you’ll be folding up a storm!

Stumped for Fortune Teller Ideas? You’ve come to the right place!

My very favorite fortune teller is the basic “Magic 8 Ball” which can answer all your questions! (Click the image to get a color PDF you can print!)

Magic 8 Ball Fortune Teller

Magic 8 Ball Paper fortune teller

If you’re making this without the printable, use the sayings from the classic Magic 8 Ball as your fortunes. You’ll need the inner triangles to say eight different things to answer your question.

A real Magic 8 Ball has room for 20 sayings, but we only have space for 8.

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Here’s all the things I’ve found in a Magic 8 ball. Pick your favorites! To be fair, you’ll want an even mix of positive and negative answers…or maybe you want to make one that’s all NOPES! (A Magic Nope Ball?)

Yes, definitely. It is certain. It is decidedly so. Without a doubt. You may rely on it. As I see it, yes. Most Likely. Outlook good. Signs point to yes. Reply hazy, try again. Ask again later. Better not tell you now. Cannot predict now. Concentrate and ask again. Don’t count on it. My reply is no. My sources say no. Outlook not so good. Very doubtful.

magic 8 ball fortunes inside a paper fortune teller: this one says

Ice Breaker Fortune Teller

Here’s a great fortune teller to make when meeting new people! Click the image to print the PDF.

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Lucky Cookie Fortunes

Here’s some ideas for a basic fortune teller…kinda like a fortune cookie, it’s hard for these fortunes to not come true!

Good fortune is yours! Someone is thinking of you. Welcome change. You will have good luck today! Good news will come to you by text. New ideas could be profitable. Others can help you now. Soon life will become more interesting.

A Fortune Teller for Mom (and Dad)

Why not fill a fortune teller with only GOOD things? Like things you wish the kids would do for you. This is fun one to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or a birthday!

Make a blank fortune teller and ask your child to fill it with things they could do for mom or dad on their special day. Then let them give their gift–and follow through on the lucky parent’s good fortune!

Hug your mom/dad Help mom/dad with a chore Blow mom/dad a kiss Do something nice today Write a special note for mom/dad Bring mom/dad a snack Clean your room Draw a Picture for Mom/Dad

Social Media Fortune Teller

I made this on PicMonkey! (Click the image to get a color PDF you can print!)

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Even More Fortune Tellers!

More paper fortune teller ideas.

Need more great ideas on what to put inside your Paper Fortune Teller? I've scoured the internet to find these awesome ideas, from Harry Potter sorting hats to fortunes for eco warriors.

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Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat

A beautiful full color printable that will sort you into your house!

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Star Wars Origami Fortune Tellers

The Force is strong with these tellers!

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Wizard of Oz Cootie Catcher / Fortune Teller

Full color Fortune Teller for the Wizard of Oz fan.

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Dr Seuss Cootie Catcher

One fish, two fish, cootie catcher fish!

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Awesome Earth Day Cootie Catcher

It's always cool to be green.

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Star Wars Game - Rise of the Resistance Printable

Get a sneak peek of the  Rise of the Resistance attraction  at Disneyland with this Star Wars Origami printable.

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Story Idea Fortune Teller

Use a fortune teller to tell...a story!

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American Flag Cootie Catcher Printable - Red Ted Art

The perfect Fortune Teller for the Fourth of July!

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How to Make an Awesome Valentine Origami Fortune Teller

Your Valentine Fortunes!

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Wedding Game Paper Fortune Teller 

This fortune teller is actually an activity to keep kids busy at a wedding! Kids can color it to extend the fun.

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Halloween Fortune Teller

Full color and black & white Halloween themed cootie catcher.

Are the kids fighting over what to watch on Netflix? Then print out this one!  Netflix Fortune Teller . OK, it might be a little dated… But you can always make your own teller from a blank and fill it with your movie watch list!

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Here’s a Blank Fortune Teller to Fill with Your Own Ideas

Now that you’ve seen some great ideas for what to put inside YOUR fortune tell, here a blank one I made just for you! All you need is a color printer and a pencil to fill in the blank spaces. Click the image to download a PDF you can print.

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10 Paper and Pen Games for Kids

A s a parent or caregiver, it can be challenging to keep children entertained and engaged without resorting to screen time. Fortunately, there are many classic games that require nothing more than a pen and paper to play. The whole family will enjoy playing these fun  pen and paper games for kids . 

Pen and Paper Games for Kids

These games not only provide hours of fun for kids but can also help them develop critical thinking, creativity, and social skills. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to pass the time on a rainy day or a screen-free activity for a family road trip, these games are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. 

When we are traveling and in a hotel room or we just want a fun family game night the easy thing to do is to turn to old school fun. Paper and pen games are an easy way to have so much fun with the whole family involved. If you have a group of kids looking for some fun these games are great for older children and younger kids. 

Playing a simple paper game is a great way to keep kids entertained without needing to bring board games or an electronic device. Paper and pencil games is another name for these fun games that are also quick boredom busters for kids when you are on the go.

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What are paper and pen games?

Paper and pen games are games that can be played using only a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. They’re often simple, classic games that have been enjoyed for generations. Many games are two-player games but there are other games that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy together. 

What are the benefits of playing paper and pen games?

  • Screen-free activity . Playing paper and pen games provides a break from screens and electronic devices, which is especially important in today’s technology-driven world.
  • Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Many paper and pen games require players to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills, such as logic and strategy, to win the game.
  • Sparks creativity.  Some paper and pen games, such as Pictionary, require players to use their imagination and creativity to come up with ideas or drawings.
  • Promotes social skills . Playing paper and pen games can improve social skills by promoting communication, cooperation, and teamwork between players.
  • Easy to learn and play . Many paper and pen games are simple and easy to learn, making them accessible to players of all ages and abilities.
  • Inexpensive . Paper and pen games are often inexpensive or even free to play, making them a great option for families on a budget.
  • Portable . Most paper and pen games require minimal materials and can be played almost anywhere, making them a great option for on-the-go entertainment.
  • Improves handwriting and fine motor skills.  Writing and drawing in paper and pen games can help improve handwriting and fine motor skills, especially in younger children.
  • Provides a break from academic work.  Playing paper and pen games can provide a break from academic work while still promoting learning and skill development.
  • Builds family memories.  Paper and pen games can be a fun and memorable way to spend time with family and friends, creating lasting memories and strengthening relationships.
  • Helps with spelling. When kids are playing word games it helps them learn how to spell words. 

Pen and Paper Games to Play with Kids

There are many paper and pen games to play with kids. All you need is a pen or pencil and pieces of paper and the fun will get started. There are many games that you can play with the kids, but this list of simple paper games that are my kid’s favorite games to play. I hope you and your family love playing these easy and fun games as much as my house does. 

Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe is a fun and simple game that can be played almost anywhere with just a piece of paper and a pen. It is a classic paper and pen game that is easy to learn and can be played by people of all ages. This popular game is one that many kids already know how to play and has been a favorite for kids of all ages. 

How to Play Tic Tac Toe

  • Draw a tic tac toe grid. On a piece of paper, draw a 3×3 grid with two vertical and two horizontal lines, creating nine squares in total.
  • Choose your symbol. One player chooses to be X, and the other player chooses to be O.
  • Decide who goes first. Players can flip a coin, play rock-paper-scissors, or any other method to decide who will be the first person to play.
  • Take turns placing your symbol. Players take turns placing their symbol in one of the empty squares on the grid.
  • Try to get three in a row. The goal is to get three of your symbols in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally before the other player does.
  • Block your opponent. If your opponent has two symbols in a row, try to block them by placing your symbol in the third empty square in that row.
  • Continue until someone wins. Players continue taking turns until one player gets three in a row in either vertical lines, horizontal lines, diagonal lines, or all nine squares are filled. If all nine squares are filled and no one has three in a row, the game is a tie.
  • Play again. Players can play again to try to win another game.

Hangman is a classic paper and pen game that is fun and educational. The object of the game is to guess the word that one person has picked. Hangman is a great game for improving spelling and vocabulary skills, as well as developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You can make this game more challenging by using common phrases instead of just words.

How to Play Hangman

  • One player thinks of a word. One player thinks of a word and writes down a row of dashes on a piece of paper, with each dash representing a letter in the word.
  • The other player guesses a letter of the alphabet. The other player starts by guessing a letter that might be in the word.
  • Mark the guessed letter. If the guessed letter is in the word, the player who thought of the word writes the letter of the word in the appropriate blank spaces. If the guessed letter is not in the word and an incorrect letter, the player draws a body part of a hangman, such as a head or body, on the paper.
  • Keep guessing and marking letters. The second player continues guessing letters one at a time, and the first player keeps marking the correct letters on the paper or adding to the hangman when there are incorrect guesses for the letters until the word is completed or the hangman is fully drawn.
  • The game ends. The game ends when the word is completed or when the hangman is fully drawn.
  • Play again. Players can switch roles and play again with a new word.

Dots and Boxes

Playing Dot Game is a great way to develop critical thinking and strategy skills, as well as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It’s a fun game for kids and adults of all ages and can be played anywhere with just a piece of paper and some pens or pencils.

How to Play Dots and Boxes

  • Draw a grid of dots on a sheet of paper, with whatever grid size you want. A 6×6 grid is suitable for younger children, while advanced players may want to use the entire sheet of paper.
  • Two or more players take turns using different colored pens or pencils to draw lines in the middle of the dots. The goal is to create boxes while preventing your opponent from doing the same thing.
  • To create a box, a player must line up four of their lines in a row.
  • When a player completes a box, they mark their initials in the center of the box.
  • After all the dots are connected and all possible boxes are completed, the player with the most completed boxes wins the game.

Word Ladder

Word Ladder is a game where players try to change one word into another word by changing one letter using the letters of the alphabet at a time. For example, you might try to change the word “cat” into the word “dog” by changing the “c” to a “d” and the “t” to a “g.” The catch is that each new word you make must be a valid English word. 

How to Play Word Ladder

  • Choose two words. The first step is to choose two words. One will be the starting word, and the other will be the target word. Make sure they are both valid English words.
  • Write the starting word. Write the starting word at the top of your paper. This will be the first word in your Word Ladder.
  • Draw the ladder. Draw a ladder shape underneath the starting word. The ladder should have as many rungs as the number of letters in the starting word.
  • Write the target word. Write the target word at the bottom of the ladder. This is the word you want to change the starting word into.
  • Step 5: Change one letter
  • Starting with the first letter of the starting word, change one letter at a time to create a new word. Write each new word on a rung of the ladder.
  • Use valid English words. Make sure that each new word you create is a valid English word. You can use a dictionary to check if you’re not sure.
  • Continue until you reach the target word. Continue changing one letter at a time until you reach the target word. Each new word should be written on a rung of the ladder.

If you are looking for a great family fun game Pictionary is a great option to play with friends and family. Pictionary is a game where one player draws a picture while the other players try to guess what the picture represents. The player who guesses correctly earns points, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins. The board game version of this game is one of my kid’s favorites, but since we can not pack it up and bring it with us the easy pen and paper version is one we love when on the road. 

How to Play Pictionary

  • Divide into teams. Divide the players into two teams, you can play this as a two-player game or with a group of people. Each team will take turns drawing and guessing.
  • Choose a category. Choose a category for the game, such as animals, food, or famous people.
  • Choose a starting player. Choose a starting player for the first round.
  • Draw a word. The starting player chooses a word from the category and draws a picture to represent it. They have 60 seconds to draw the picture.
  • Guess the word. The other players on the starting player’s team try to guess what the word is. They have 60 seconds to make as many guesses as they want.
  • Switch teams. After the person who started has finished drawing it is time for the next person to go and pick a word to draw. Continue playing until you have a winner who has reached 10 correct guesses and they are the winner.
  • Keep score. Keep track of how many words each team guesses correctly. The team with the most correct guesses at the end of the game wins.
  • Add challenges. If you want to make the game more challenging, you can add rules such as no speaking, no gestures, or only using a certain color pen.

Battleship is a game where two players place their battleships on a grid and take turns trying to sink each other’s ships by calling out coordinates. The player who sinks all of their opponent’s ships first wins.

How to play Battleship

  • Set up the grid. Each player should draw a grid on their paper. The grid should have ten rows and ten columns. Label the rows with letters (A-J) and the columns with numbers (1-10).
  • Place your ships. Each player should place their ships on their grid. There are five ships in total: one battleship (4 spaces), one cruiser (3 spaces), one submarine (3 spaces), one destroyer (2 spaces), and one patrol boat (2 spaces). The ships can be placed horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally.
  • Take turns calling out coordinates. Players take turns calling out coordinates, trying to hit their opponent’s ships. For example, a player might call out “B4” or “F8”.
  • Mark your hits and misses. If a player hits an opponent’s ship, they should mark it on their own grid with an “X”. If they miss, they should mark it with an “O”. The opponent should also mark their own grid with an “X” or “O” to keep track of which spaces have been hit.
  • Sink your opponent’s ships. If a player hits all of the spaces occupied by one of their opponent’s ships, they should announce that they have sunk the ship. The opponent should then mark their own grid with an “S” to indicate that the ship has been sunk.
  • Keep playing until one player wins and has sunk the other opponents ships. Players take turns calling out coordinates and trying to sink each other’s ships until one player has sunk all of their opponent’s ships. The player who sinks all of their opponent’s ships first wins.

Categories is a game where players take turns coming up with items that belong to a certain category. The game is played with a piece of paper and a pen, and it’s a great way to pass the time and have fun with friends and family.

How to Play Categories

  • Choose a category. The first player should choose a category, such as fruits, animals, movies, or cities. The category should be something that has many options so that the game can continue for multiple rounds.
  • Set a time limit. The players should agree on a time limit for each round. A typical time limit is one minute, but it can be adjusted depending on the group’s preferences.
  • Start the game. The first player should start the game by saying an item that belongs to the chosen category. For example, if the category is fruits, the player could say “apple.” 
  • Pass the turn. After the first player has said their item, the turn should be passed to the next player, who should say a different item that belongs to the category. The players should continue taking turns until the time limit is up.
  • Cross out repeated items. If a player says an item that has already been said, that item should be crossed out on the paper. The players should keep track of the repeated items to ensure that they’re not used again in future rounds.
  • Score the round. After the time limit is up, the players should count the number of unique items that were said. Each unique item is worth one point, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
  • Start a new round. The next player should choose a new category for the next round, and the game should continue with the same rules.

MASH stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House, and it’s a game where players predict their future living situation, job, spouse, and other aspects of their life. The game is played with a piece of paper and a pen and is a fun way to pass the time.

How to Play MASH

Draw the game board. Each player should draw a game board on their piece of paper. The game board should have four categories: living situation, job, spouse, and car. Each category should have four options, with one of them being MASH.

Choose your options. The players should take turns choosing options for each category. For example, under the living situation category, the options could be mansion, apartment, shack, or house. In the job spot it can be any job from blogger, fast food worker to engineer. In the spouse spot, it can be people that you know or the name of a famous person. 

Draw a spiral. After all the options have been chosen, one player should draw a spiral on their paper. The spiral should start in the center of the paper and spiral outward towards the edge.

Count the lines. The player who drew the spiral should count the number of lines in the spiral. This number will be used to determine which options will be eliminated.

Start eliminating options. Starting with the MASH option, the player should count the number of options in each category and cross out every n +1 option, where n is the number of lines in the spiral. For example, if there are four options in a category and the spiral has five lines, the player should cross out every second option.

Repeat until one option is left in each category. Players should continue crossing out options until only one option is left in each category. These will be the predictions for their future living situation, job, spouse, and car.

Reveal your future. Each player should reveal their predictions and have a good laugh with friends and family. 

Fortune Teller

The fortune teller paper game, also known as a cootie catcher, is a popular paper game for kids. It’s typically played by folding a square piece of paper into a fortune teller shape and writing various fortunes and colors on the inside flaps. The game is often played for fun, and kids enjoy creating their own fortunes to write on the inside of the flaps. The game can be played with any number of players, and it’s a great way to pass the time during a long car ride or at a sleepover.

How to Play Fortune Teller

  • Start with a square piece of paper. To make a fortune teller, you will need a square piece of paper.
  • Fold the paper. Fold the paper in half diagonally to make a crease, then unfold.
  • Fold the paper in half the other way. Fold the paper in half diagonally the other way to make a crease, then unfold.
  • Fold the corners. Fold each of the four corners of the paper into the center of the paper, so the corners meet in the middle.
  • Flip the paper over. Flip the paper over so the folded edges are on the bottom.
  • Fold the corners again. Fold each of the four corners into the center of the paper again, so the corners meet in the middle.
  • Write fortunes. Open up each of the four flaps and write a fortune on the inside. Be creative and have fun with it!
  • Add numbers. Under each fortune, write a number on the inside flap. The numbers should correspond with the number of flaps on the fortune teller (1-8).
  • Play the game. To play, have someone choose a number from 1-8. Then, move the fortune teller back and forth as you spell out the chosen number. For example, if the chosen number is 5, move the fortune teller back and forth five times while saying “One, two, three, four, five”.
  • Choose a color. Then, have the person choose a color from the visible colors on the fortune teller.
  • Move the fortune teller again. Move the fortune teller back and forth for each letter of the chosen color, saying the letter out loud.
  • Pick a flap. Finally, have the person pick one of the flaps that are visible, revealing the fortune and reading it out loud.

Unscramble is a classic pen and paper game that challenges your vocabulary and word unscrambling skills. It’s a great game to play with friends or family, and it’s also a fun way to exercise your brain. In this blog post, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to play Unscramble with a pen and paper.

How to Play Unscramble

  • Start by choosing a word. This can be done by one person or by everyone taking turns choosing a word.
  • Write the chosen word at the top of the page.
  • Below the word, write out all the letters of the word in a scrambled order.
  • Give all players a set amount of time, such as one or two minutes, to unscramble the letters and form as many words as possible.
  • When time is up, players take turns reading out the words they have unscrambled. Any word that is a valid English word and uses all the letters of the original word can be counted. However, proper nouns and abbreviations are not allowed.
  • Each valid word counts as one point, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Everything You Need to Get Started Learning Origami

A bunch of materials for making paper origami sculptures, including colored papers, books, and kits.

All you need to practice one of the oldest art forms in the world is a sheet of paper and a little focus. Origami, which means “to fold paper” in Japanese, is thought to have originated at the same time as paper— around 105 AD . The longevity of the art might have something to do with how simple it is to get started: If you have paper to fold and a desire to make creases, you’re more than halfway there. With a how-to and a bit of patience, origami glory can be yours.

Below you’ll find recommendations for paper , books from origami experts, online tutorials , and more-esoteric inspirational resources that’ll get you on the road to paper-folding greatness.

The research

Why you should trust us, why you might want to learn origami, what you need to get started.

As a writer and all-around craft enthusiast (I’ve written Wirecutter’s guides to sewing machines and fiber arts kits ), I’m always game for another hobby that lets my creative juices flow. I did some basic paper folding as a kid at a summer camp focused on Japanese culture and in fact have a tattoo of a paper crane, but I haven’t kept up with origami beyond the odd paper plane or cootie catcher here and there.

To find out what I should be looking for when it comes to recommendations and navigating the mountains and valleys of origami, I spoke to a variety of experts in the field, including Wendy Zeichner, president of OrigamiUSA ; Lisamaria Martinez , an advocate and origami instructor specializing in making folding accessible for the blind community; Linda Mihara , an origami designer and artist who co-owns Bay Area origami shop The Paper Tree ; and hobbyist folder John Mayo.

I collected recommendations for instructional materials and their favorite supplies and kits, plus tips on how to find community and inspiration in what can feel like an overwhelming sea of options. Then, I spent hours folding tiny hats and penguins, boxes and cranes, 2D flowers, 3D balloons, a dainty paper polo shirt, and more so I could find out exactly what you need to enter the fold of the origami world.

Like love, origami is, actually, all around. If you’ve ever folded those old schoolyard classics—like a paper plane or a fortune teller—you’ve done it. The category is vast, containing these super-simple folds as well as, say, principles that can be applied to advancing space exploration and mathematical theory . (Our recommendations lean more toward the paper plane end of the spectrum, though.)

A mother and son in California even used origami cranes as a way to bond and mark the passage of time during the pandemic, and organizing expert Marie Kondo uses origami principles in her tidying method. Origami can be art, it can be functional, or it can be both at the same time.

Origami scratches the part of your brain that loves puzzles, and studies have shown that doing it can help increase spatial reasoning and mathematics skills. Some people cite improved hand-eye coordination as a result of folding, while others find a meditative chill in their origami. It’s a low-cost activity that can be done by people of any age, and you can complete endless projects in a short amount of time.

Should you want to advance your skills, you have plenty of room to learn time-consuming modular pieces or more-complicated models. And if you want to keep things basic, well, tiny paper cranes are always a delight.

Some of our picks for best origami paper displayed on a green surface.

The most important thing you need to do origami is, of course, paper. Although you could use something as basic as printer paper for your models, it’s easiest to learn on origami paper, which is white on one side and colored on the other. This makes it easier to decipher diagrams for your starting models, origami designer Linda Mihara advised.

“When you’re following directions, you’ll know which side you’re going to start with,” Mihara said. “It’s shaded [in the diagram].” And she recommends sticking with solid colors to start, as tempting as the intricate patterns and many shiny foil papers available may be. “There’s no harm in picking up a pack of fancy paper, something that has a beautiful pattern or beautiful texture. But if you really, truly want to learn, also pick up a pack of basic paper and do the model with the plain piece of paper first,” she said.

Premium origami paper has the optimal weight and texture for holding sharp creases without tearing or getting fuzzy. The standard size for origami paper is a 15-centimeter square (just under 6 inches), but Mihara urged beginners to look out for 7-inch or even 10-inch packages.

“I recommend going larger when you’re a beginner, because you want to be able to see what you’re doing,” she said, adding that 6-inch squares may cause frustration for beginners, since they “get small really fast” when you’re folding.

Plenty of options are readily available for basic origami paper. These are some that we particularly liked in testing.

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Toyo 50 Colors Origami Paper (9.4-inch, 60 sheets)

The best origami paper.

This paper is notably easy to work with and available in every color you could want.

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This affordable, colorful variety pack was easy to work with, has 50 colors to choose from (even a few foils for when you want some shimmer), and is available in a variety of sizes, including the 9.4-inch size, which Mihara recommends for absolute beginners, and the standard 6-inch size . The sheets are colored on one side and white on the other in the traditional style, which helps differentiate the two sides in directions for folding.

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Opret Origami Paper (9.8-inch, 100 sheets)

A good alternative to our top pick.

This paper is another excellent choice, particularly for its variety of colors and ease of use while folding.

Variety packs from Opret also fit the bill for being single-sided sheets with plenty of colors, a pleasing texture, and a variety of sizes to choose from. I folded with the 8-inch size, and it offered plenty of room for folds without feeling unwieldy.

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Taro’s Origami Studio Standard Origami Paper (6-inch, 300 sheets)

Thinner, with sharper creases.

This widely available, premium-feeling paper folds with especially sharp creases.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Taro’s Origami Studio has a house-brand paper that’s a joy to work with and comes in a variety of sizes and quantities. The 6-inch paper I tested felt a little thinner than other paper I used, and it held creases so sharp I felt like a pro.

If you’re working on a large model or just love big paper, Taro’s Origami Studio even offers a pack in a jumbo 13.8-inch size . This is John Mayo’s preferred paper, which he called “just perfect.”

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Bubu Origami Paper Kit (6-inch, 1,000 sheets)

Quantity over quality.

Paper feels a little less precious when you have a thousand pieces of it. Crumple at will.

Practice makes perfect, but when that practice results in a pile of crumpled high-quality paper, it can be disheartening. Enter this 1,000-pack of paper . It’s colored on both sides, which isn’t ideal, and sure, I can feel the difference in texture and weight between this and our picks, but it’s square, it’s paper, and there’s quite a bit of it.

This might be a good pack to have up your folding sleeve for a couple reasons, Mayo told us: “You can fold in bulk and not feel too precious about it, not feel bad when you screw one up, not feel bad throwing models out because you made so many, and not worry about letting a little kid play along with you.” He added, “My mom bought me this box of 1,000 sheets for Christmas which at first I thought was ludicrous but has actually been nice and mentally freeing to have around.”

Our picks for best books on origami, displayed next to a bunch of origami sculptures.

Now that you have something to fold, it’s time to figure out how to fold it. But since origami has been around for several centuries, it’s not surprising that a lot of information is out there, and it can get overwhelming.

A solid place to start is a basic origami book, which uses diagrams to walk you through beginner models and establish basic skills to build on. Mihara’s favorite model to teach beginners is a paper cup, which takes just six steps to complete and is actually usable as a tiny drinking vessel if you use wax paper. But whether a model takes six steps or 600, she emphasized that the basic vocabulary of folds is the same.

“For music, you have a key that you follow, right? And then you follow the notes,” she explained. “Same thing for origami: It’s a step-by-step. It’s even more basic than that. For everybody, as long as you understand what a mountain fold and a valley fold is, you’re good.”

The Fun & Easy Origami Animals book, next to a few paper origami sculptures.

These so-called directional folds are the basis of your models. A valley fold, usually signified in diagrams by a dotted line, sees the edges of the paper facing up in what would be a V shape. A mountain fold, usually signified as a line of dots and dashes, is the opposite, with the crease on top, edges on the bottom. All books have a key, which Mihara recommends bookmarking and referring to often.

“Anytime you get a book, look at the front and see what their different lines and arrows mean, what their language for that book is, and then go forward,” she said.

Here are a few favorite beginner books I tested and chose based on the recommendations of our experts and then put to work.

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Super Simple Origami

No frills, many thrills.

With clearly illustrated diagrams, this book helps even absolute beginners get folding in no time.

Many of the models in Super Simple Origami are, indeed, super simple. But it’s that simplicity and sense of achievement that made this title an absolute gateway.

The book, which is printed in color, features clearly illustrated diagrams for each step, as well as a photo of each of the 32 models. The first time I opened the book, intending to just flip through it, I couldn’t help but try the first model, a tent. Then I zipped through a house, a hat, a helmet, a heart, an arrow, and a box, staying up well past my bedtime and nudging my husband over and over: “Look!” He drew the line at me cooing “my son” over a small penguin I’d folded.

The most complex model in the book is a 16-step snake, so for a complete beginner, this is an extremely approachable and fun introduction to origami.

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Densho Origami

The basics and beyond.

This easy-to-follow guide is perfect for beginners and provides enough variety to keep you folding from beginning to end. It has a few slightly more-complex folds than our top-pick book.

Another solid choice for absolute beginners, Densho Origami features instructions for 35 models with step-by-step color illustrations. These are divided into nine sections, and each model is given a difficulty rating from one to three stars. The sections help introduce how the same basic fold can manifest in different models, like the samurai helmet fold section, featuring instructions for a samurai helmet, cicada, turtle, and goldfish.

The most complex model in the easy-to-follow book is a 25-step star box, which I found to be an easily achievable and pleasing vessel for paper clips.

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The Complete Book of Origami

A guide for the long run.

If you’re interested in going beyond origami basics, this book can get you there.

You know how when you were a kid, your parents bought all your shoes just a little too big so you’d have something to grow into? You may have stumbled a bit at first, but eventually they fit perfectly, and you got more wear out of them.

That’s how I see The Complete Book of Origami . This volume starts with the basics but its 37 models include options with much more complex folds. All of these are thoroughly diagrammed, with a black-and-white photograph of each creation as well as step-by-step written instructions. In my testing, I appreciated the enlarged views that helped with particularly fiddly folds and the carefully phrased how-tos made even a 41-step turtle feel approachable with enough patience. That 75-step cicada, on the other hand? Maybe someday in the next 17 years.

Still, even though the models toward the end of the book made my head swim a bit, I marveled at the idea that I could make a tiny paper pianist seated at a tiny piano, or an extremely detailed cuckoo clock. It’s a book I can wear now and grow into later, if I eat my Wheaties.

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Fun & Easy Origami Animals

Perfect for kids and other animal lovers.

This excellent intro to origami for complete beginners focuses on folding intricate birds and beasts.

This simple book , printed in color, is another by the author of Super Simple Origami that does a great job of welcoming new folders to … the fold. The 19 models in this one are all—you guessed it—animals, with complexity levels tamer than our other picks.

This volume holds the folder’s hand from the beginning with detailed instructions and diagrams, which some may appreciate and some may find too slow. The book also includes a packet of origami paper attached inside the back cover—a nice touch, especially if you’re buying the book as a gift for a total newbie. If you have another intro book that you like, you don’t need this one as well, but it’s a nice appetizer for the art form.

Pre-recorded and live video tutorials

A person's hands folding a piece of green paper into an origami shape.

Of course, if you’re a visual learner and know you’ll understand the folds better by seeing them in action, books aren’t the only way to learn. A thriving origami community is on YouTube (this roundup of origami specialty channels is great), with a video for any model you could hope to see demonstrated.

Mihara and her business, Paper Tree, have a very active channel (video) with a variety of tutorials, and Evan Zodl’s EzOrigami channel (video) was mentioned by experts as a particularly good option as well. Jeremy Schafer (video) has another popular channel, updating regularly and boasting more than 1,300 videos with a loyal audience.

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Ultimate Origami for Beginners

An all-in-one kit with videos.

If you’re a visual learner, this kit may be for you: Each model’s instructions also have a video of the fold in action online.

But sometimes, a hybrid solution is even better. The Ultimate Origami for Beginners kit includes diagrams and a variety of papers (including different sizes and even a few pieces of play money for included dollar origami models), but most importantly a web address to access step-by-step videos of each project.

Without the videos, I would not recommend this kit. The first project in the booklet is a crane’s egg that’s made up of three modular pieces—a friend and I both tried to fold it with the diagram, and we tossed aside our papers in defeat, unlike the easy wins that greet you in other beginner-level books. With the supplemental video guidance (and the ability to hit pause and frown at a piece of paper like it’s hiding the secrets of the universe), the crane’s egg was much easier to tackle (if still a head-scratcher of a choice as the opening project).

Having someone talk you through a model, whether pre-recorded or in person, is also wonderful for accessibility. Lisamaria Martinez, who began adapting origami instructions for the blind community she’s a part of during the pandemic, said that this kind of instruction can be helpful even beyond the blind community.

“I can teach you origami without you having to use your eyes,” she said. “It’s all verbal instructions, and I love the challenge of trying to get everyone on board.”

Martinez maintains the Accessible Origami Project Facebook group and pointed those interested in instructions built with accessibility in mind to the collection on the Accessible Origami Project website .

In-person or live video lessons could also be your speed: OrigamiUSA maintains a listing of multitudes of local shops and origami groups across the country and offers its own Origami Connect online folding events . Mihara, too, hosts weekly free live classes over Zoom (just be sure to pre-register) and offers private lessons online or in person for a fee as well. All the experts I spoke with were eager to introduce potential origami artists to the hobby and encouraged people to reach out if they had questions about classes or specific resources.

“It never gets old when I teach someone for the first time how to do something, when the light bulb goes on, and they’re just like, oh my god, I can’t believe I did this,” Mihara said.

Specialty and inspirational resources

Different types of origami paper, including fake dollar bills, displayed on a green surface.

The world of origami is vast, and it offers near-limitless opportunities for learning about different specialty shapes you’re interested in, from folded flowers with delicately curved leaves, origami cats , dogs , and dinosaurs , and even military vehicles . If you’re interested in folding it, you can likely find a model for it, and if you can’t, then OrigamiUSA can probably help you track it down in their lending library or another one of their many resources.

Two guides to specialized options that I tested were particularly delightful and approachable for a beginner like myself: Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Boxes and LaFosse and Alexander’s Dollar Origami.

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Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Boxes

Box yourself in.

Folding little boxes and containers from this book is satisfying, not to mention useful.

Tomoko Fuse is considered a living master of modular and practical origami, and Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Boxes is, well, exactly what it sounds like. The book has thorough color diagrams and photos for sturdy little containers of a variety of shapes and sizes, some with lids, some even with instructions for modular inserts, should you need to get organized within your tiny paper box.

The styles have so many variations that it’s tough to get an exact number. Even the simplest of the models, however, is a delightful and useful way to organize your small goods, or to deliver a palm-size gift. Before I knew it, I had a stack of containers tottering before me.

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LaFosse & Alexander's Dollar Origami

Jazz up your cash tips.

This book can help you learn to turn your cash into a crown, a little purse, a tiny rocket, and more.

Nobody is going to turn down a cash tip, but they’re really not going to turn down a cash tip folded into, say, a little rocket or seahorse or tiny crown. LaFosse & Alexander’s Dollar Origami teaches those models and more and includes practice play money that you can tear out via perforations in the back of the book. (The pack of play money that I used for testing was also wonderful.)

My daughter immediately stole a star I made out of five of the bills, and I love the idea of jazzing up a cash gift with a money band made of—you guessed it—more money. Note that since US currency contains cotton rag, it’s tough to get sharp creases on more-intricate models without tearing the money. I recommend the play money for the bulk of your folding and using real dollars for that wow factor when they’ll count the most.

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Akira Yoshizawa, Japan's Greatest Origami Master

An artful look at folding.

This book is a tribute to one of the greats of the art, featuring instructions, sure, but mostly wonder at what paper can become.

If you want to marvel at what’s possible with some clever folding, simply flip through the heavy hardcover book Akira Yoshizawa: Japan’s Greatest Origami Master . The book contains diagrams from the legendary origami artist, who passed away in 2005 , but to me, it’s most useful as inspiration—a constant source of “I can’t believe that’s made of paper” awe.

Mayo, who got into origami about three years ago, called this book his favorite, even though he said, “Many if not most of the folds in here are really challenging and well beyond my skills at this point.”

“To me there’s just something really special about this book and this man’s designs,” he said. “They are the perfect intersection of simplicity and expression—the fewest amount of folds to create the most evocative possible creatures.” He added, “To me, this guy is on a completely different level from most origami designers.”

Videos by Jo Nakashima , too, show off complex folds that are out of the reach of most but mind-blowing and inspiring to the budding enthusiast. They had me feeling like a kid who loves dinosaurs and stopped by to gaze at the T-Rex in the Museum of Natural History (which, coincidentally, serves as the headquarters of OrigamiUSA).

No matter your motivation for learning how to fold origami, Mihara told us it’s never too late to start. “Anyone can pick it up at any time, no matter what the situation is,” she said, adding that even those who previously had a bad experience can always give it another try.

Martinez, too, cited the satisfaction of seeing a model coming together. “What it teaches is, one, patience,” she said. “You’re going to fold and unfold, fold and unfold, crease and uncrease so many times at the beginning that you’re thinking, ‘All I’m doing is wrinkling this paper.’ But then there comes this magical moment where you do one thing and it all collapses into this beautiful model. That’s the magic moment.”

This article was edited by Ben Keough and Erica Ogg.

Linda Mihara, origami designer and owner of The Paper Tree , video interview , November 2, 2023

John Mayo, origami hobbyist , email interview , October 23, 2023

Lisamaria Martinez, origami instructor , phone interview , October 20, 2023

Wendy Zeichner, president of OrigamiUSA , phone interview , November 5, 2023

Meet your guide

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Kase Wickman

Kase Wickman is a freelance journalist and hobby enthusiast. She has never met a craft she didn’t want to try, and she especially loves sewing. She is the author of Bring It On: The Complete Story of the Cheerleading Movie That Changed, Like, Everything (No, Seriously) , and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, and more.

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