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DIY: Making a Paper Fortune Teller

By Pamela Young on 12/22/2014 | Fun & Games

Before texting and Instagram there was paper, and grade schoolers perfected the art of passing notes, folding paper airplanes and—perhaps the pinnacle of paper-folding expertise—making paper fortune tellers. To bring back the fun of the paper fortune teller, we’ve created a template with instructions that make it easy to help your child create one of her own, complete with positive affirmations in full Girls on the Run spirit.

All you have to do is click here to download the template. Then print it on a standard sheet of paper and follow the folding instructions. Next step: fun!

Never heard of a paper fortune teller? It’s a kind of origami piece that’s used as a simple game. Parts of the fortune teller are labelled with colors, letters or numbers that serve as options for a player to choose from, and on the inside are eight flaps, each concealing a message. The person operating the fortune teller manipulates the device, working it open and closed based on the choices made by the player (for example, reciting the letters of the alphabet till you reach the chosen letter). After two rounds of selections are made, the player picks a flap that reveals one of the hidden messages.

We'd love to see the finished product! Take a picture and post it to our Facebook page.


Pamela Young


Pamela Young has more than 20 years of experience in the communications and publishing field. She has directed the editorial of a leading technology magazine, led the publishing activities of several nonprofits and currently manages the communications efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. She was the editor of Remarkable at its inception and remains a staunch fan of GOTR and of empowering girls to find and shine their limitless potential!

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