Make Your Paper Fortune Teller Funnier Than Your Friend's!

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Give your Paper Fortune Teller an injection of humour.

Yes, if you’re making a paper fortune teller… make sure it’s FUNNY. Life’s too short for a boring fortune!

And the best way to do that is with a little drawing.

First, let’s play

Let me show you what I mean by playing along…

Paper Fortune Teller showing the colours
First, pick a colour
Paper Fortune Teller showing the numcootie catcherbers
Now pick a number (from 1-8)

Find your number below to read your fortune:

(1) A pyschotic robot with a human brain is coming to get you.
(2) You’re getting your hair washed… with ‘poo’ shampoo.

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 1 and 2

(3) Good news, you get new headwear. Bad news, it’s a smelly sock.
(4) Scared of the dark? Hope not, you’re sleeping in the basement.

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 3 and 4

(5) That day at the beach you’ve been looking forward to? Forget it.
(6) Some aliens come in peace. These ones don’t… sleep tight!

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 5 and 6

(7) Warning: time to put a lock on the outside of your bathroom door!
(8) Nose jam on toast… enjoy your breakfast!

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 7 and 8

What will I learn?

1) With a little imgaination, even classic craft projects like the Paper Fortune Teller can be given fun new twitsts.

2) Teaching your kids to make a paper fortune teller like this will also get them drawing and thinking creatively.

3) Even a simple paper folding craft can be rewarding to make… especially if it puts a smile on your face!

Step by step guide

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If you’d like to draw your own… jump to step (4).

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Printable artwork

Let’s get going…

Print & Cut
How to make and fold a funny Paper Fortune Teller (Cootie Catcher): illustration 1

Print the artwork onto A4 or A3 paper, there’s options for both… you can also choose between black and white or colour (1).

After you’ve done that, cut along the dotted lines using a pair of scissors (2).

Colour in
How to make and fold a funny Paper Fortune Teller (Cootie Catcher): illustration 2

If you’ve chosen the black and white version, time to colour it in (3).

Get folding
How to make and fold a funny Paper Fortune Teller (Cootie Catcher): illustration 3

Now make creases by folding the square in half from both directions (4A). Repeat, but by folding from corner to corner in both directions (5B).

Next, fold the corners into the centre, and crease the folds using your finger (6). This is important, TURN the paper over (7).

How to make and fold a funny Paper Fortune Teller (Cootie Catcher): illustration 4

Once again, fold the corners into the centre, and crease along the folds (8).

Finally, turn the paper over one last time (9) and tease out the flaps to form the completed Paper Fortune Teller shape (10).

Materials

  • Plain A4 paper
  • Colouring pens
  • Your fingers!

Give it your own unique twist

If you want draw your own ‘gross’ predictions, construct a paper fortune teller from a blank square piece of paper first, then un-fold it, and then draw on your own numbers and predictions. Remember, have some fun!

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Photo of Scott Bedford
Scott Bedford

Maker, Illustrator and Author