DIY Paper Fortune Cookies for Chinese New Year

I’ve always been a party person. I have been hosting and organizing parties since I was in elementary school and for a long time thought I would become an event planner of some kind. I never did, but I still love gathering people together no matter what the reason for celebration is. With the Chinese New Year coming up, I decided to throw together a little party plan to celebrate! Chinese New Year is one we don’t hear a ton about, so it was fun getting to research it a little and make my own decorations!


For our little celebration, I decided it would be really fun to make my own fortune cookies. As much as I love eating them, having paper ones made for a fun decoration piece and we could fill them with whatever “good fortune” sayings we wanted to!


These fortune cookies are really easy to make, but one thing I did learn is that they need to be a specific size to work. You can experiment if you want but I highly recommend sticking to the same size as the directions below!


Step 1

Start with a 4 in circle cut out of your favorite cardstock. You can trace a lid and then cut from that, use a Silhouette machine or even a craft punch that is that size.

Step 2

Write out your fortunes

Step 3

Fold top half of circle down to about 2/3 of the circle. Then fold the other half up over it. Don’t crease the entire thing just yet. Place the fortune inside the folded paper.

Step 4

Lightly pinch together to form a crease as shown.

Step 5

Fold the open sides backwards towards each other so that the open sides are opposite of each other.

Step 6

Place a small dot of hot glue in between the two open pieces to secure.


Repeat with as many as you’d like! I bought a to go style container at the craft store and adding some filler at the bottom and then displayed the cookies like that for the party! It’s so fun to use a bunch of different kinds of paper to create a really festive look!

For more details on the party we threw, plus a look at some at home Asian dipping recipes, check out the post on my blog!

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year?

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Madison is a graphic designer by career but spends her weekends cooking, crafting and doing freelance design and photography. She gets her creative side from her mom, who taught Madison to scrapbook growing up. She loves using her Pinterest inspired crafts to make her house more of a home! She has a passion for photography and travel and her biggest fans are her husband, Steven, and her puppy, Azi. Her blog is a way of sharing all aspects of life, but started out as a way of documenting newlywed lessons learned.

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