We are all set with the basic information about what Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is all about. Now we have to start preparing to join in the festivities, and prepare to immerse ourselves in the traditions and fun. So, we focus now on how to Celebrate Chinese New Year With DIY Paper Fortune Cookies. We did share with you that everyone who celebrates Chinese New Year, specially children, look forward to receiving lucky red envelopes that can be filled with money or trinkets. We got out red envelopes. We bought them at an Oriental Supermarket, but wanted to do a little more than just buy stuff. So we set out on making a twist of the fortune cookies we love to crack open and eat at Chinese restaurants.
We decided to make our paper version of the fortune cookies. Like this we will be giving out to our guests the lucky red envelopes, plus personalizing well wishes or good fortune messages for everyone. The project is quite simple and the kids were able to jump in and help out once I was done with the cutting. You know already we are all for quick and easy. Here is what you need to know to make them:
- thin and long strips of paper with your personalized message
- 5″ cut our circles of construction paper or slightly thicker paper
- Get a circle and gently fold in half. Make sure you don’t crease it on the fold
- slip the personalized message inside. Don’t forget to leave at least one end of the paper visible from the outside of the “fortune cookie
- Hold the circle closed with one hand. At the other end (at the fold) make a dent in the middle of the fold
- All this time you are still holding the circle edge closed.
- Keep holding the circle closed, and slowly and carefully bring the to edges, branches or corners of the fortune cookie together. They should end up meeting each other.
- Dab some glue at the inner crease to hold the ends that have now met each other in place.
These are adorable, and so easy to make that you will have mass production of them in no time, specially if you enlist little helpers to lend a hand to the crafting.
TIP: As a matter of fact, I am saving this idea for Valentine’s Day next year as well!
Examples of the messages we are using in our fortune cookies are:
- Wishing you a year of the sheep of much abundance
- Keep reaching for the stars- May all your dreams come true
- Love, happiness and many dreams come true
- Your shoes will make you happy today…… this we are adding in just for fun 🙂
Here is our menu for Chinese New Year, and and additional DIY: Asian Conical Paper Hats.
We raise our glass to YOUR prosperity and good fortune. What do you think will you make some of these easy fortune cookies to mark Chinese New Year with your kids?
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
That is such a cute idea! I might try these with the kids.
Yadira Ambert (@ClubdelasDiosas) says
Que lindas y facil de hacer. Las voy a hacer con mi nene.
These are so cute! We don’t normally celebrate Chinese New Year – but I would just to make these fortune cookies!
Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar says
Sarah Bailey says
What a really cool idea, I wouldn’t have thought of crafting fortune cookies! x
Mama to 5 BLessings says
What a cute idea. I bet my kids would like this with small treats inside of them.
aimee fauci says
The cutest craft I have seen all day! I wanted to learn how to make real edible fortune cookies but I’d rather make these.
Mayra - Estilo Familiar says
Mira qué bonita te quedaron y tan fáciles de hacer.
Lady Lilith says
This looks like so much fun. The kids can even exchange messages in their cookies.
Liz Mays says
Wow these are so cool! This would be a really fun project to do with the kids!
adriana martin says
Que lindo esta este DIY y se ve sencillo de hacer felicidades!
Tough Cookie Mommy says
These fortune cookies are so pretty. I would love to make these with the kids to teach them about Chinese New Year.
Hogar Mujer says
Que lindas fortune cookies, y se ven sencillas perfectas para hacer con los niños, gracias!
This is a really cute craft to do with the kids on to celebrate Chinese New Years!
These are so cute! We used to do Chinese New Year’s Crafts when the kids were younger and I was homeschooling them. It was a great way to get them interested in learning about other cultures.
Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá says
Love it! so cute and easy to make!
Lois Alter Mark says
Those are absolutely adorable! Definitely going to make them!
Amber NElson says
Oh how adorable are those! I will have to make these with my kids.
Those are so cute! I bet my girls would love to make them this year!
Janell Poulette says
One year we tried to make real fortune cookies. This looks so much easier!
Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
Love them!!!! Such a great idea!
Chinese New Year is such a wonderful time of year! I love the family time. Cute project 🙂
Mary O'Malley says
These are the coolest things ever! I love them and they look really cool. I think this is a great way to celebrate Chinese New Year’s.
so cute! I love this idea! Great to do with the kids
That is so cute and creative. I think you could have year long fun with these fortune cookies at different parties and events.
Teresa Garza says
Muy originales.. Me gustaron mucho… No solo por el Año Nuevo Chino, pero siempre es un buen detalle cuando comes comida orienta.
My son gets excited about fortune cookies. I bet he’d love if we sat down and tried to make these!
Kay Adeola says
Those are cute and really simple to make too.
Maureen @ A Debt Free Stress Free Life says
These are really cute and look really easy to make. Great for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
April G says
Super cute and easy to make. I think my toddler can even do this!
I always wondered how to make fortune cookies. Thank you for the great tutorial.
Donna Ward says
Wow – I was always the type of mom that did physical fun – like hikes and group classes for my son – I just couldn’t ever do something like this – but, you are amazing and love this project – beautiful!! What a great mom craft
Life As A Convert says
These paper fortune cookies are so cute. We did a unit study on the Chinese culture a few months ago and these would have been perfect to go along with it.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This is such a cute idea. I will have to make a bunch up and have them with dinner once in a while.
So fun! We did this for New Year’s Eve a few years ago. It was a hit.
Chrystal @ Nevermore Lane says
What an adorable craft. These would make a fun addition to any gift, too. I think I am going to keep this post handy for my husbands birthday this year.
Ana @ MiamiMommySavings says
OMG, what an adorable craft idea for the kiddos. These would be perfect for a theme baby shower or birthday. Great ideas, thank you for sharing!
Melissa Vera says
I so love this craft. I think I am going to make them for when our whole family is together again and make them gag fortunes.
Marielle Altenor says
What a fun and easy diy for Chinese New Year. My son would really enjoy making these with me!
Chrissy Mazzocchi says
These are so super cute! I’m going to make these with my kids! 🙂
Alejandra Ramirez says
They are so cute! Excellent for a party with Chinese theme.
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
These are so cute! You could make them in any color or pattern! Thanks so much for joining us over at the #HomeMattersParty – be sure to send your blogging friends our way! And we hope to see YOU again next week!
Deb- It's me, debcb! says
Such a cute craft!
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says
Such a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo