The other day I was helping a friend design hair flowers for her bridal party. We had a ton of supplies: silk flowers, faux pearls, hot glue guns, felt, on and on. As we finished up the hair flowers, we tossed around other ideas for her wedding and she pulled up pictures, from hairstyles to table decorations. One thing that particularly stood out for her was a picture of fortune cookies made out of paper. Of course we had to try them!
…and of course they didn’t quite work. I mean, they were all right, but we only had notebook paper on hand, which was not the right texture or stiffness at all. Our attempts all ended up looking very pointy and weren’t really what we were looking for. I proceed to play around with some other materials and discovered that you can make really cute fortune cookies out of felt!
Not only are they adorable, they’re so easy! My friend and I are going to have a bit of a fortune party later and make a ton of these in varying sizes in purple and white (her wedding colors) to scatter on the reception tables. But first I thought I’d take the time to type a tutorial for anyone else interested.
Materials: felt, scissors, needle and thread or hot glue, slip of paper
1. Cut a circle out of felt. The circle I cut was about 2.25 inches in diameter. If you want a larger cookie, cut a larger circle. You can also go smaller, but not much or the felt won’t fold properly. I’d say 1.75 inches is about the smallest you can go. However, if you have a different weight of felt, it’ll make a difference. Don’t be afraid to play around with size!
2. Fold the circle in half and make a small stitch through both layers. Or put a dab of hot glue near the edge and then fold it in half. If you’re using hot glue, wait for it to cool completely before moving on to the next step.
3. Now this is the tricky part. You want to turn your half circle inside out. Because of the stitch/glue, it won’t flip all the way around and you’ll have a fortune cookie shape. If you’re anything like me, it will look all weird and misshapen at first. I recommend using a capped pen or a chopstick or something else pointed to help shape the cookie.
4. Now you want to insert your fortune!Gently pry the cookie apart just a little bit and slip it in. You can either have the fortune sticking out a bit or have it all the way in. For the red fortune cookie with the heart fortune, I actually cut the paper slip short and used a dab of white glue to secure it.
And that’s how you make a felt fortune cookie! They are are quick, easy, reusable and loads of fun. So far I’ve just used them as little decorations around the house, but here are some other ideas:
1. Make a small pair of cookies and attach them to chains to make earrings. Or use a larger one as a necklace charm!
2. Use as place settings: write names on the slips of paper and leave them sticking out. Put one on each plate!
3. Write a short note instead of a fortune and give to a friend as an unexpected thank-you or other token of friendship.
I’m so excited to hear what uses you come up with for felt fortune cookies! Happy crafting!