It’s almost time to head back to school, which means loading up backpacks, picking out outfits and getting back into the making daily lunches. Add a little luck and a lot of love to your kiddos’ lunch bags by adding in a homemade fortune cookie. Not the sweet sugary kind — unless you have those on hand — but a paper version made with love. Follow the simple steps below and make a batch of your own to add to lunches on the go.
What you’ll need
- Scrapbooking paper (thinner paper works best)
- Printer paper
- Glue stick
- Compass or circular lid
What to do
- Trace a circle with a pencil on the blank side of your scrapbooking paper and cut it out. The circle should be between 4-6” in diameter.
- Bring one edge of the circle to meet the other edge, as if you were going to fold it in half. Crease a small section right in the middle and leave the rest untouched. Lay the circle flat again, then pull the opposite sides together, making sure the crease line is now vertical
- Using your thumb and middle finger to hold the edges of the circle, use your pointer finger to gently push into the crease mark. Go slowly and your paper will slowly start to bend into the shape of a fortune cookie. The outer edges should naturally fold into each other with one laying inside of the other. It may take a few tries to get the paper to fold correctly.
- Glue down the outer fold. Add a small swipe of glue to the center and pinch together with your fingers to secure the fold.
- Cut plain printer paper or scrapbooking paper into small strips for your “fortunes”. Write encouraging notes or reminders and slip it into the final “cookie”. To make it easy for little hands, let the end of your fortune hang out on one side.
Make a bunch of these at once and save them to add into your kid’s lunch bag or backpack throughout the year. Your kids will love finding a special treat they can carry around for a little luck and a lot of love all day long!