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 🙂
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?