How to make a paper fortune teller
Paper fortune tellers, also known as chatterboxes, are a form of origami. They can be used to make predictions, challenge someone to a dare, or anything else you set your mind to. You might like to take inspiration from the fortune teller created by cartoonist Eleri Harris for the 2021 Behind the Lines exhibition.
To make your own paper fortune teller all you’ll need is a square piece of paper, scissors, and something to write with.
If you only have a rectangular sheet, turn it into a square by folding the top right corner to the edge of the page to create a right-angled triangle. Cut off the excess paper below the triangle. Unfold to reveal your square.
Fold your piece of paper in half to make a triangle and unfold. Fold again on the opposite diagonal and unfold. The creases in your paper should now resemble a cross.
Fold all the corners into the centre of the square. Flip your paper over and fold all the corners into the centre of the square once more.
Number each of the triangles from 1 to 8.
You will now have four segments, each with two numbers on them. One at a time, lift up each flap and write on it. This is where you draw your fortunes. Your fortunes could be anything - 'You will see a koala', 'have a superpower' or 'find a coin on the ground'. You could even make someone do a silly dance move!
What fortunes can you come up with?
With all the flaps folded down, fold the square in half by bringing the bottom edge of the square to the top.
On each of the four squares, write a word. This can be anything! Expert tip: mix up how many letters are in your words so you get different results each time.
Slip your fingers under the squares to use the chatterbox. It’s easiest to use your thumbs and forefingers.
Your fortune teller is now complete. It’s time to show off your mystical powers to your friends and family! Why not challenge them to make their own so you can swap your insights?
Looking for more activities to do at home? Try making your own zine.