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DIY Origami Fortune Cookie for Valentine’s Day

Get your loved one a fun and easy Origami Fortune Cookie this Valentine’s Day. Make it together with your kids and enjoy the time together.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love starts to inspire us to bring some color and mood to our homes or offices right?

So I made this cute origami fortune cookie to decorate mine and I’ll share one with each family and friend. You can learn how to make them too!

You might also love these other Valentine crafts ideas: Valentine’s Day Candy Pouches,  Valentine’s Day Mini Cards (Free Printable), and DIY Paper Heart Garland for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Origami Fortune Cookie

Origami Fortune Cookies Tutorial for Valentine’s Day

Haha I know what you might be thinking, yes, I mixed together 2 different cultures. The Japanese art of origami and the ancient Chinese fortune cookies.

Although this doesn’t look exactly like the Chinese fortune cookie shape, I LOVE these cute origamis that pop open when you press them and the sweet secret message comes out!

I thought Origami Fortune cookies is the perfect name for it and such a fun paper craft activity to share with kids, family night, and even with our dear friends in a crafting night!

These are super easy Valentines origami plus they are fun to make and you can put inside messages or treats not just for Valentine’s day you could even use these for birthdays, party favors, showers, wedding favors, or any celebration really.

One thing I love the most about this project is that you don’t need any fancy equipment, no glue, no cutting machine, just paper, and your hands.

But what is Origami?

Origami is the art of paper folding. Its name derives from the Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Nowadays, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all and any folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.

According to My Modern Met, traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it.

You can create so many fun things with origami, Origami Instructions has an incredible amount of Origami tutorials for anyone who wants to learn.

Practicing Origami can be very relaxing and enjoyable. A fun activity to include kids. I find it absolutely fascinating, even though I don’t practice it as much as I would love to.

What type of paper is used to make these DIY paper fortune cookies?

Actual origami paper is ideal but you can use pretty much any paper for this particular project. I don’t really recommend cardstock since it’s heavier and not so easy to fold for small pieces. Here are some ideas:

  • Plain paper
  • Construction paper (lightweight)
  • Scrapbook paper (lighweight)
  • Even printed digital paper.

All papers need to be perfect squares for the origami to work.

How to make a Origami Fortune Cookie

Paper Fortune Cookies Supplies:

  • 3×3 inches – 7.5×7.5 cm Origami paper or any cute thin paper like scrapbook paper.
  • Strips of paper with messages or treats {candies}. You can snag my secret messages here.
  • Scissors and pencil or pen (If you plan on handwriting the messages yourself)

Instructions

I created this quick video tutorial to make it easy for you! However, if you are more of a photo step-by-step kind of person just scroll down and keep reading!

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You will need sets of 3 origami papers. I did them with 3 different patterns and colors you can match yours as you like.

3 origami paper piece and one origami fortune cookie already made

I cut a few strips of paper with messages!

Secret mesagges printed in paper stips.

How to fold a Fortune Cookie:

Origami fortune cookie folding begins with one square. These step-by-step instructions will walk you through the process.

  • Take one square with the pattern facing down and fold on both diagonal axis matching corners and edges. Crease well.
Origami paper square facing down
Origami paper folded diagoonally and corners and sides meet
paper folded again on the other diagonal
  • Fold right and left points to meet center crease line.
right point folded to meet center crease line
right and left points folded to meet center crease line
both points folded to meet center crease line
  • Unfold and take one corner and fold to meet center line.
Origami paper unfolded and one corner folded to meet center line
  • Fold back and you will have something like this:
paper folded back diagonally
first piece of origami ready viewd for the back
first piece of origami ready viewd for the front

That’s it. Repeat with the other two fortune origami squares.

All 3 origami pieces ready, one pink, one red and one patterned with flowers

Assembling the Fortune Cookies:

Now you have to insert the two points of one piece between the folded side and the blank one like this:

inserting the two points of one piece between the folded side
  • Make sure it goes all the way, so it creates a rhombus.
both pieces together it creates a rhombus
  • Repeat with the third piece but here you are going to leave only one peace out so you can insert the message or the treats.
Inserting the third piece the same way but leaving one flap open to insert the secret message
inserting the one point of one piece between the folded sides of the other
Origami fortune cookie ready to insert message
  • Next, insert it through the gap and finally close the last point.
Inserting message follded insode the origami fortune cookie
inserting the other point of last piece between the folded side
Origami Fortune Cookie all ready!

There you go! One super cute Origami Fortune Cookie!!!

Lastly, to see what’s inside, just press up both sides and it will pop open.

Your message will probably pop up or just take it out.

You can close it back =D over and over again.

Pressing up 2 sides of the origami fortune cookie makes it pop open and you cann see the message

After I finished the first origami fortune cookie I got hooked and made about ten of these and place them on a cute dish and put on my table.

A bunch of origami paper pieces ready to assemble more fortune cookies
A bunch of Origami fortune cookies all ready to pop!

They turned out super cute and people love it they come and ask what’s that? Can I get one? LOL.

A closeup of the love message of Origami fortune cookies in the dish
 A closeup of the bunch of Origami fortune cookies in the dish
 A of of the Origami fortune cookie popping open
A bunch of Origami fortune cookies placed in a dish for people to take

What do you think, do you like these origami fortune cookies?

If you like this idea, make sure you share with your friends!

Fun origami fortune cookies Image for Pinterest.

Have you ever made an origami fortune cookie???

Tell me all about it on the comments below!

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might love these too:

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Valentine’s Day Candy Pouches (with Free Cutting Files)

Til' next time...

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10 Comments

  1. This is adorable! Thank you for sharing! Did you come up with the cute sayings for the inside, or did you find these somewhere on the internet?

    1. Hi Tess, Thank you so much for stopping by, I’m so glad you like this! About the messages, some are mine but most of them I found them on Internet. I ran out sayings quick so I asked daddy Google!!! LOL
      Hugs and XOXO

  2. I get lost on “Insert it through the gap and finally close the last point.” How do I add the third paper?

    1. Hi Yanira, Thanks for stooping by and asking! Every piece is aded the same way as the first one… But just that right before you close it inserting the last two points, you insert the message in the gap you have. Then you can close it. Just like you start you finish the origami piece. Hope this make any sense.

      XOXO

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