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DIY Origami Fortune Tellers

By Claire

On one of my favourite sites, Cox & Cox, I had seen origami fortune tellers as a conversation piece to put on each table for the guests to play with, I remember making them when I was younger and thought ‘why not?’, they’re simple to do and a nice way to get guests talking.

So, here is my how-to if you wanted to make them yourself, they only take a minute or so each! I bought 6”x6” scrapbook card (you could go larger, just make sure it’s square), easily found in places like Hobbycraft, eBay or art shops, and used my rubber stamps with black pigment. I chose colourful patterned stock but you could make them look contemporary and more bridal with cream or white card.

DIY Origami Fortune Tellers

1. Take the card and fold it diagonally each way, if you keep your folds as accurate at this point your fortune teller will look neater when it’s finished

DIY Origami Fortune Tellers
2. Turn over, and fold each corner in so that it meets where the folds from step 1 cross.
DIY Origami Fortune Tellers
3. Turn the folded card over, and repeat step 2. Make sure all the folds are neat and give them an extra rub, it’ll make the end result a little smarter.
DIY Origami Fortune Tellers
4. I stamped the card at this stage, before the next fold, as it was easier and gave a cleaner result. I put a picture on the outside flaps, and numbers on the inside flaps (the ones you’ll have just made), also write a secret “fortune” under each inside flap. (If you’re storing them for a while it’s probably easier to store like this and open them up nearer the time to keep them neat).
DIY Origami Fortune Tellers
5. Wait for the ink to dry, then fold what you have so far in half, not diagonally, both ways, it’ll make it easier to open up the fortune teller. Put your fingers in the outside flaps, and shape so that it becomes the shape below.
DIY Origami Fortune Tellers

I think I’ll make three per table (all with different fortunes) so everyone has access to one, and I hope they get people talking. Let me know what you think and whether you may ‘give them a go’ and use them for your day too!

Next up: Keep calm and drink tea.

Sally xx

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