How to Make Your Paper Fortune Teller REALLY Funny

Making a Paper Fortune Teller is a rite of passage for every child (and for every parent)!

The first challenge is mastering the origami, so to make that a little easier, you’ll find paper folding instructions at the bottom of this page.

Next comes the fortunes. Most of the time they are just written on, which is a little boring. Instead, have a go at drawing some funny scenarios, kids love it - I’ve provided prinatble artwork for that as well.

But first, pick a colour, go on…

Paper Fortune Teller showing the colours

Now, pick a number…

Paper Fortune Teller showing the numcootie catcherbers

Here’s your fortune…

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 1 and 2

No. 1: You will be attacked by a robot with a human brain.
No. 2: You will get grunged by the ‘poo’ machine.

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 3 and 4

No. 3: You will be forced to wear a smelly sock balaclava.
No. 4: Your bedroom will be moved into the basement.

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 5 and 6

No. 5: You will be eaten by a shark… slowly.
No. 6: You will be abducted by an alien (while you’re sleeping).

Paper Fortune Teller showing funny fortunes 7 and 8

No. 7: You will get a fright from the toilet monster.
No. 8: You will have to eat ‘snot’ toast for breakfast.

How to Make Your Own ‘Funny’ Paper Fortune Teller

To make your own Paper Fortune Teller just follow these super-simple folding instructions. I’ve also included ‘black and white’ and colour versions of the artwork below, in case you’d like to colour them in yourself.

Printable Paper Fortune Teller templates

How to make and fold a Paper Fortune Teller (Cootie Catcher): illustrated instructions
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What you'll need

All you need to make your Paper Fortune Teller is some plain paper and colouring pens.

Step 1

Print out the template onto A4 or A3 paper.

Step 2

Cut along the dotted lines, leaving a square shape.

Step 3

Colour in the pictures.

Step 4

Create creases by folding the square in half from both directions.

Step 5

Repeat, but by folding from corner to corner, in both directions.

Step 6

Now turn the paper over and fold the corners into the centre, crease the folds using your finger.

Step 7

Turn the paper over once more, and fold the corners into the centre, creasing the folds, just as in the previous step.

Step 8

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

Do your own thing

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!

Left illustration
Right illustration