I first learned to make these in grade school so this is something you can make and share with your kids or re-discover for yourself. All you need is a piece of paper, pencil, imagination and maybe scissors.
To construct a paper fortune teller you need a square piece of paper. To check if your paper is square, fold it diagonally along one edge. If there is some paper left over outside of your fold cut it off with a scissors. You will now have a square piece of paper and are ready to begin.
The steps are as follows:
Open the paper, turn the paper perpendicular and fold the paper in half again.
Unfold the paper again. If done right you will have 4 squares on the page.
Fold the paper on the diagonal.
Unfold the paper, turn it and fold it on the other diagonal.
Open the paper again.
Fold all the corners to the center of the paper.
You are now finished folding your fortune teller.
Flip it over and write a number on each of the four sections.
Flip the fortune teller over and open it up without unfolding the whole thing.
Write creative fortunes (see image) on the inside flaps.
Fold the flaps back down and write a color for each section.
(There should be 8 sections.)
Your Origami Fortune Teller is now finished.
Your origami Fortune Teller should look something like this.
Grab the fortune teller and open it up for a test drive. To open, use your index finger and thumb of your right hand under the square flaps on the right side. Do the same with your left hand for the left side. Both your hands should be in the fortune teller. Slowly bring your fingers together and the fortune teller will close. Open and close the flaps on the fortune teller by opening and closing your fingers.
How to tell someone’s fortune with your fortune teller:
Have someone ask a question
Have them pick a color
Spell out the color as you move the fortune teller back and forth (i.e. BLUE- four letters, move 4 times)
Have them pick a number from the inside
Move the fortune teller that many times
Have them pick a new number
Open the flap of the number they picked
The answer to their question is on the inside tab that you have just revealed
When making your fortune teller it’s best to use paper that you can color or write on easily. Stickers, glitter, or colored pens can be be used. It’s up to you how you decorate it and what kind of paper you use. Have some fun with it.
Choose colors that have different numbers in the words. Use one odd and one even for each pair of flaps.
When writing questions for your fortune teller, keep in mind that they should be answers to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ type questions. The options are limitless.
People’s names, animals, or any theme can be incorporated into the fortune teller for variety. Feel free to experiment.