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How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

Learn how to fold this classic paper fortune teller game and fill it with hidden messages for your friends.


  • 8 ½-by-11-inch piece of construction paper cut into a square
  • Markers


If you don’t have a square piece of paper, here an easy way to cut an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper into a square.


STEP 1: Crease a square piece of paper diagonally from each corner. Fold the top right corner to touch the bottom left corner. Crease the fold with your finger and then unfold it so your sheet is flat again. Then take the top left corner and fold it over to the bottom right corner.

STEP 2: Fold the paper in half from each side. Bring the top edge of the paper to the bottom edge and crease the fold.

Unfold the paper so it’s flat again and rotate it by 90 degrees. Fold the new top edge of the paper to the bottom to crease it and then flatten it out again. Your paper will have four lines intersecting in the middle.

STEP 3: Bring the corners to the center of the paper. Start with one of the bottom corners and fold it to the middle of the paper where the creases intersect.

Press down on the fold with a fingernail so it stays in place.

Turn your paper 90 degrees and fold the other bottom corner toward the center. Keep rotating and folding your paper until you’ve made a smaller square containing four triangles.

Flip the paper over and fold each corner to the center again.

STEP 4: Put numbers in ascending order on the triangles. Start with the No. 1 in the smaller top left triangle on the fortune teller. Write the numbers in ascending order clockwise around the triangles until you get to eight.

Then pick four colors to write on the front side of the fortune teller.

STEP 5: Write the fortunes underneath the flaps. Open up the triangles labeled 1 and 2, and write a short fortune underneath each number. Write small so it fits in the space. Repeat the process under the flap for each number so you have eight different fortunes in all. Close the flaps once you’ve written all the fortunes.

Fortunes you can write:

  • “Something amazing is coming your way tomorrow.”
  • “You will live a very long and happy life.”
  • “Do a Good Turn today!”

STEP 6: Slide your fingers underneath the squares to operate the fortune teller. Ask a friend to choose a color and spell it out.

Then pick a number and count it out. As you do so, move your fingers with each letter and number called out.

Last, have them pick another number to reveal their fortune. Lift the flap for the number they picked. Read your friend’s fortune out loud.

39 Comments on How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

  1. I could not get

  2. Ezzz

  3. Tried sliding my fingers, now i just named it the inoperable fortune teller

  4. I can’t do this

  5. its hard


  7. i cant get the first step right

  8. its so easy

  9. I got it on the first try it was good 👍

  10. Wow that was easy

  11. Wow that was easy

  12. Bla bla bla

  13. I treid it
    it was easy

  14. a p e r s o n // August 31, 2021 at 6:13 pm // Reply

    I could not figure it out

  15. I don’t now how to do it

  16. Its good

  17. I have trouble trying to slide my fingers in the squares 🤣

  18. I love this site I use to make them all the time when I was younger. Now that I’m 31 I forgot exactly how to do it but wanted to show my 4 year old daughter.

  19. Monica.angle // August 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm // Reply

    It’s probably the best site 👍🏽😉

  20. Can’t do last step

  21. Soooooo easy

  22. Kemlola🤣😃 // May 27, 2021 at 9:26 am // Reply

    This website is the best how do they do this I mean I made a perfect fortune teller

  23. easy as pie

  24. Anime_Gurl9 // May 26, 2021 at 9:46 am // Reply

    it was easy for me 🙂

  25. a random cat lover // May 24, 2021 at 3:03 pm // Reply

    I could not get it so I threw mine away

  26. Minaashido // May 21, 2021 at 1:40 pm // Reply

    Works perfectly!

  27. now i can prank my family

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