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Homemade Fortune Cookies: Recipes, Paper Patterns, Fabric Tutorials, and More
This is another one of those article ideas that I got from Pinterest. After stumbling across a handful of interesting non-food fortune cookie projects, I was intrigued and started looking around a little more. In addition to a variety of recipes for regular and giant fortune cookies, I found tutorials for fortune cookies made out of paper, cotton fabric, felt, and soap. There are a lot of fun possibilities here for Valentine's Day, parties, little gifts for any occasion, and weddings. Whether you are creating in the kitchen or in your crafting area, have fun!
Homemade Cookies to Eat
Generally fortune cookies are very inexpensive. Honestly I'm not sure that you save a lot of money by making your own, but it's a fun way to personalize a gift. People will be wowed that you went to the effort of making them. Most recipes are pretty simple and involve easy to find ingredients. The trick is getting the timing down to make well shaped cookies.
How to Write Your Own Fortunes for Pre-Made Cookies
Kate came up with a creative method for softening pre-made cookies so that you can insert your own fortune before they harden again. I haven't tried this myself, so I can't vouch for whether or not the cookies taste as good after they re-harden, but it's worth a try. If you like the idea of writing your own fortunes without making cookies of any type (food or crafty) from scratch, give this a shot.
Giant Fortune Cookies to Eat
"Giant fortune cookies" was one of the popular search results for fortune cookie searches, so I looked into it. Honestly I had no idea that giant fortune cookies existed until now. I found both recipes and pre-made cookies to purchase. Some people choose to have a giant fortune cookie instead of a wedding cake that they can crack open together. If you're considering fortune cookie wedding favors, this may be a fun way to tie the theme together.
Paper fortune cookies are a great way to use up small bits of scrapbook paper left over from other projects. If you have recycled paper on hand, such as magazines or junk mail, those are other great options. Additionally, I found a tutorial for cupcake wrapper fortune cookies. Many of these tutorials are very similar, but I've included a handful of options to provide inspiration for different types of paper and different patterns and colors.
Cotton Fabric Cookies
I've included a couple different options for creating fabric fortune cookies. One tutorial does involve a small amount of sewing. Both tutorials include methods for creating a structured inside, such as a felt layer. While paper cookies are really fun and easy, fabric fortune cookies are much more likely to last longer. If you are interested in creating a lasting gift, such as a Christmas ornament, as as opposed to a less permanent item such as party table décor, consider a fabric option.
I often turn to felt for fabric projects because it doesn't frey and because it's easy to create with it without sewing. Sticking true to this, many of these felt cookie projects simply require gluing and no sewing. Felt is a stiff enough medium to hold its shape without any fabric stiffening treatment.
How to Make Lilly Bean Felt Fortune Cookies
Soap Fortune Cookies
Leaving the title as "soap cookies" felt wrong, so I had to add the fortune in there. This was not something that I went looking for specifically during my research, but I just happened to stumble across it while looking for something else. If you're new to soap making but want to give this a try, this web site has lots of great homemade soap resources.
Porcelain fortune cookies
Resources and Ideas for Packaging Fortune Cookies
Not surprisingly, one of the most prevalent methods for packaging fortune cookies is Chinese takeout boxes. Many craft stores carry them. You can also find places to purchase them online in bulk. Clear treat bags are another very inexpensive option and are also available in craft stores and online. I've included a tutorial here for decorating takeout boxes for a fortune cookie teacher gift. You can customize this concept for any occasion.
Watch fortune cookie mass wrapping production.
Fortune cookie sayings is another very popular fortune cookie search so I decided to include some resources for it. Of course part of the fun of making your own fortune cookies is writing the fortunes! I've linked to general sources here. From there, you can search for more specific sayings, such as romantic, funny, etc. There are also a number of sites out there centered around specific sub-topics. If you can't find what you're looking for on a larger site, it's worth searching for a smaller one.
Fortune cookie coin purses.
A fortune cookie sculpture exhibit.
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