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How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

completed paper fortune teller or cootie catcher

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 1 crease the paper

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.

step 2

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 for paper fortune teller

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.

46 Comments on How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

  1. how to use

  2. it works

  3. aedadnouy // May 10, 2024 at 2:02 am // Reply


  4. Its real my friend and pridict games

  5. so hard could not get it to work

  6. I type one out for my Demonstrative Essay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. it worked that’s cool

  8. Rocky star // March 23, 2024 at 5:04 am // Reply

    I love it soooooooooo!!! much i did it


  10. I’m telling all my friends about this!
    T h i s i s s o a m a z i n g ! ! !

  11. I LOVED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I love it

    • These were around back in the early 60’s. We used to use them to find our future husbands and how many kids we were going to have. It didn’t work!

  13. Jakeeeeeeeeeeeeeed W. // February 20, 2024 at 11:22 am // Reply


  14. I messed up one but it was fine.

  15. Nice

  16. Did it! Yay

  17. How do you use it it doesn’t go on my brothers hand when he made it so I’d like to know

  18. Thank you. I remembered this thing from elementary school, but had no clue how to make one. I’m doing it now.

  19. your real name // December 9, 2023 at 6:21 pm // Reply

    I don’t understand at all

  20. takes a little to get it right

  21. I love it

  22. ■⊙♤♧◦•¤《》€£$¥◇ // October 25, 2023 at 1:56 pm // Reply

    Thank you for helping me!♡

  23. This is hard! But I figured it out. The first few steps were hard tho.

  24. hello

  25. how do you put it on???

  26. I really had fun

  27. Miya the pug // September 2, 2023 at 3:24 pm // Reply


  28. It’s hard.

  29. its so hard

  30. It went from a flare square to a working fortune teller

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