Monday, April 25

How To Make An Origami Fortune Teller

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. Kids (young and old) love to play with these and all you need is a piece of square paper, pencil or crayons, and an imagination.

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 scissors. You will now have a square piece of paper.

How To Fold And Make Your Fortune Teller

  Use a square piece of paper.

  Fold the paper in half.

  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.

  Turn it over and fold the corners to the center of the paper on the other side.

You are now finished folding your fortune teller. Time for the fun part! What fortunes and colors will you think of?

  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 (answers to questions) on the inside flaps. Answers to yes/no type questions are the best.

  Fold the flaps back down and write a color (or color the flap) for each section. (There should be 8 sections.)

  Your Origami Fortune Teller is now finished.

It should look something like this. It's ok to color flaps and make it as decorative as you'd like. Simple pictures would be fun too.

What you write for questions, the numbers, and the colors you use are all up to you so have fun with it. You can pick themes for each fortune teller and make more than one. You can have color or picture themes it's all up to you.
  • Love Questions
  • Life Questions
  • Silly Questions
  • Future Fortune Telling
  • Truth Or Dare Questions
  • Yes Or No Questions
People’s names, animals, or any theme can be incorporated into the fortune teller for variety. Feel free to experiment.

How To Hold It

Grab the fortune teller and open it up for a test drive. (See the animation at the top of this post.) 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 by opening and closing your fingers.

How To Use It

With your fingers in it have someone ask a yes/no type question. After they answer flip it around (put on a good show) and let them pick a number on the outside. 

After they pick a number, count out the number as you move the fortune teller back and forth (i.e. FOUR - count four moves) that many times. On the last count keep it open so they can pick a color.

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) as many letters that are in that color. Hold it open on the last letter so they can pick a number from the inside.

Have them pick a new number from the inside and open the flap of the number they picked. The answer to their question is on the inside tab that you have just revealed. Read them their answer.

When making your fortune teller it’s best to use paper that you can color or write on easily. Stickers, glitter, or any art supplies can be used. It’s up to you how you decorate it and what theme you choose. Have some fun with it and switch the tabs around. You can start with colors on the outside and numbers on the inside it still works the same. Choose colors that have different numbers in the names so there are no repeats when counting.

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.

What Theme Will You Use?

There is no end to the themes or look of these fortune tellers. People use this folding technique to make simple puppets and more. I've seen people use them for wedding placemats and just about anything. I'd like to see a link to your ideas in comments. Enjoy!

This is a cheap and fun way to keep busy when it's raining outside or there's nothing to do. Every kid should know how to make these and adults could learn a thing or two about old-fashioned fun and relaxation.

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Sunday, April 24

I’m Looking Through You

As we go about our lives we see objects around us every day that we take at face value. Why don’t we back up and take a closer look, inside?

Nick Veasey is a British photographer and filmmaker working primarily within the medium of X-ray imaging. Born in London in 1962, he worked in the advertising and design industries and pursued work in conventional still photography before making the serendipitous discovery of applying X-ray imaging to everyday objects and skeletons after being asked to X-ray a cola can for a television show.

He was so thrilled with the ‘look’ after doing the cola can that he used the same technique and took an image of his own shoes. Now he’s hooked on it, good for us!

I enjoy the X-ray art (of all kinds) very much especially all the little details or inner workings you can’t see without an X-ray. The more complicated the images the better to see all the cool little details you may have missed. Hope you enjoyed this engaging form of art.

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Saturday, April 23

Have A Seat

Chairs serve a function every day that we take for granted. Yet without them, we would be exhausted from standing! But isn’t it fun when objects like chairs are re-designed with an artistic bend?

Some of these chairs look very comfortable to me! I think my favorite (one I could also use every day) is the red one with legs and feet. The rocker with the green seat is nice too and did you notice the built-in light at the top for reading?

I really enjoy all kinds of art and I applaud the un-named people who did these works! I hope you find them as interesting as I did.

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