DIY: Paper fortune cookies for dads and grads


Want to send good wishes to the dads and grads in your life? Do it with paper fortune cookies. While they’re not for eating, these fortune cookies are a whimsical way to convey any greeting, such as “I love you,” “You’re the world’s best dad” or “The future looks bright.” Get creative and have fun tailoring the fortunes to your recipients, then package several of them in a takeout container for a unique gift that shows you’re one smart cookie.

What you’ll need:

– Paper or cardstock
– Scissors
– Glue gun or glue dots
– Fortunes printed on paper

Step 1

Trace a 4-inch diameter circle on a piece of colored or decorative paper. You can trace using a small plate or anything round you have at home. I used a 4-inch flower pot.

Step 2

Cut out the circle using scissors. Your circle doesn’t have to be 4 inches exactly. The larger the circle, the larger the fortune cookie.

Step 3

Fold the circle in half — but don’t crease it — and glue the point where the two sides meet. It will look like a mini taco. You can use glue dots or a hot-glue gun. Hot glue works best, but keep it away from kids.

Step 4

Hold the “taco” shape with one hand, placing your middle finger on one end and your thumb on the other. Slowly move the middle finger and thumb together to join the two ends while your index finger presses into the middle of the fold. This step gives the paper that fortune cookie look.

Step 5

Where the two ends of the fortune cookie meet, place a glue dot or a dab of hot glue and press the two ends together to hold them in place.

Step 6

Hand write or type fortunes on a piece of paper and cut them into strips of about 1/2 inch by 2 inches. Slide them inside the paper cookie.


Jonathan Fong is the author of “Walls That Wow,” “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.