4 February 2016

DIY Chinese New Year Fortune Cookies

With Chinese New Year fast approaching, we've been making these super cute paper fortune cookies ready to give out to friends. They are very simple to make, and you can full them with your very own surprise messages for friends.

Fill your DIY fortune cookies with messages of luck, best wishes and new year greetings. Or, make them more personal and fill them with funny fortune predictions for the year to come.

You could even turn these simple fortune cookies into a fun game of truth or dare! Note down the works 'Truth' or 'Dare' on different slips of paper which can be tucked inside your cookies. When each guest opens their paper cookie, they'll find out whether they have to face a dare or s question!

What you need to create your DIY fortune cookies:
- Coloured paper
- Plain paper
- Pen
- Scissors
- Bowl or large mug (to draw around)
- Glue gun

How To Make Paper Fortune Cookies for Chinese New Year:
1. Cut circles of colourful paper. Draw around a bowl, a large glass with a pencil, or use a compass to get a guide you can follow with the scissors. Also cut several slim strips of paper, longer than the width of your circles, these will be for your messages inside the cookies! So start noting down your messages.
2. Fold a circle of paper in half, but only crease the very middle section of the circle.

3. Open the circle up. Place your fortune message perpendicular to the crease, then fold in half again the opposite way to before. Be careful not to crease the fold this time.
4. Now it's time to begin making the shape of the traditional fortune cookie! Whilst holding your paper in its semi-circle, pull the two edges backwards and use your index finger to press the original crease inwards. This will help to make your cookie fold into the right shape. The underside will crease, but don't worry, this is part of the process and will help to hold the shape.

5. Add a blob of glue to the inside surface and carefully press the folds together to hold in place. You could use PVA or a glue dot, but just be sure that the glue holds before you release it.
6. Repeat the process until you have as many simple paper fortune cookies as you will need!

Will you be trying out this DIY fortune cookie tutorial?