DIY Origami Fortune Tellers

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.

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

2. Turn over, and fold each corner in so that it meets where the folds from step 1 cross.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.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).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.

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



  • Claire
    9 years ago

    I love these! Just made mine out of some paperchase paper – loving the nostalgia thing, we used to make these at school. I think they’re great – half of guests (girls) will immediately know what to do and start playing, explaining it to their other halves and then the kids will have fun playing with them too – fantastic!

    I did write my little symbols upside down because I’m silly. Now to write some funny fortunes in there… ah this takes me right back!!

    Thanks Sally 🙂

  • Sally
    9 years ago

    I thought about putting instructions for how to actually use them but I figured most reader here would already know!! Glad you like it! xx

  • The ones you made look lovely! But when you factor in the ink and the stamps, is it cheaper just to buy them? I know it adds a really lovely and personal touch to make your own, however they sell them on amazon for 5 pounds:

    What do you think?

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