How to Fold a Fortune Teller like a 90’s Kid

When your kids lose Wi-Fi do they act like the world is going to end? How did we ever get through childhood without the internet, social media and video games in our pocket?

plastics scene from the Graduate

Before Gameboy and Nintendo DS (like they even know what those are) we had PAPER. And our imagination. A piece of paper could be folded into a football, a secret note, a jet fighter…or a fortune teller.

Paper Fortune Tellers

The next time you’re trying to pry your kid’s eyeballs off their screen, break out a little old school fun: an origami fortune teller. They’re also known as cootie catchersyep, so weird — or chatterboxes.

You can use any sort of paper — computer paper works best for crisp folds, but colorful construction paper is good too.

If you need a little more help, I’ve got a free printable blank fortune teller down below, or a whole slew of ideas and free printables here.

Click this image for a free fortune teller template to fold

blank fortune teller printout
Paper Fortune Tellers

How to Fold a Paper Fortune Teller

Yield: 1 Fortune Teller
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Paper fortune tellers -- or cootie catchers -- are fun origami style paper crafts. Bonus: flip it upside down and it's a "salt cellar" that can hold things for you!

Materials

  • Paper (8.5x11)
  • Crayons or markers

Tools

  • Computer & Printer (optional)
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Start with a blank sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper, or one of my free printables.
  2. Cut the paper into a square.Paper Fortune Tellers
  3. Fold the paper into fourths.
  4. UNFOLD the paper.
  5. Fold over the four corners, evenly into the middle.
  6. Fold into fourths again.
  7. Flip over the paper.
  8. Fold over the corners on the new side of the paper.
  9. Fold into fourths one last time.
  10. Fit your fingers into the slits and open.

Notes

Fill your fortune teller with silly fortunes. (My favorite is the Magic 8 Ball style.) Playing with a fortune teller is more fun with 2 people: one person should ask a question, while the other person works the teller.