I'll be honest, I don't know what spurred me on to suddenly be obsessed with the idea of making fortune cookies out of felt. Something must have made me think this was a good idea. Thankfully, I'm not wrong. These are adorable and, almost more importantly, easy. And they are so simple to customize that you will never run out of reasons to whip some up!
The materials are inexpensive and probably already in your stash:
- pipe cleaners
- a circle template
- a pen
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
First, trace out all the circles you want on your felt. These can be any size. Mine are 3 inches across. Each circle is one cookie. Cut them all out. Next, cut a pipe cleaner into sections just slightly shorter than the diameter of your circle. Using the hot glue, attach it right in the center.
Next, holding the circle so the pipe cleaner is a horizontal line facing you, bend the circle away from you so the pipe cleaner has a bit of a bend in the center.
Now fold the top and bottom of the circle to each other so the pipe cleaner is inside and hold them together.
Grasp the opposite corners and start pulling them back and toward each other. You will end up with a very definite crease in the center of the pipe cleaner. Now it really looks like a fortune cookie!
Fluff and play with the edges a little bit if necessary and then step back and enjoy your handiwork!
Now I will admit that half the fun of a fortune cookie is having the fortune inside! I found it worked to make a strip of paper the same length as the cookie (in this case three inches) and about 1/2" wide. I also found it was easiest to just lay it over the pipe cleaner before you start bending it in half. It will naturally shift some and end up poking out of the cookie. You can see one of the cookies with a fortune in the picture below.
Maybe it's because I made these, but I can't help being charmed by them every time I look at them! It's not every day you are able to make something with just the barest of materials (helping that Just Stash January Challenge) with just the slightest investment of time. And I can't get over how easy they are to make! And quick! I made 10 of these in about half an hour. Comment and let me know what occasions you would use these for!