Easy DIY Paper Toy Crafting: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Creating paper toys is a wonderful way to explore the art of paper crafting. Here’s a simple project to get you started: a classic paper fortune teller (also known as a cootie catcher). This timeless paper toy provides not just a crafty bit of fun but a dose of nostalgia for many.

What You’ll Need:

  • A square piece of paper (if you only have A4 or letter-sized paper, don’t worry! We’ll show you how to make it square)
  • Markers or pens for decoration

Step 1: Create a Square

If your paper isn’t already square, fold one corner to the opposite edge to form a triangle. Cut off the excess paper outside the folded edge, and unfold it to reveal your square.

Step 2: Fold the Square

Fold your square in half horizontally and then vertically, creasing well each time, and unfold to see the crease lines divide the paper into four smaller squares.

Step 3: Corner Folds

Fold each corner of the square into the center, aligning the points neatly at the middle. You’ll end up with a smaller square.

Step 4: Flip and Repeat

Flip the paper over and repeat Step 3, folding each corner of the square into the center again.

Step 5: Fold in Half

Fold the paper in half (turning it from a square into a rectangle) to reinforce the creases. Then, open it and fold it in half the other way. These folds make it easier to manipulate the fortune teller.

Step 6: Shape the Fortune Teller

Insert your fingers into the pockets underneath the flaps. Bring your index fingers and thumbs together, which will cause the paper to puff out and form the fortune teller shape.

Step 7: Decorate

Now comes the fun part! Decorate your fortune teller. Typically, the outer flaps are labeled with colors, the inside flaps with numbers, and the innermost flaps with fortunes or silly tasks.

Step 8: Play!

To use the fortune teller, have someone pick a color from the ones written on the outer flaps. Spell out the color as you move the fortune teller in and out or side to side with each letter. Then, have them choose a number from the visible choices, moving the fortune teller the same way for the number of counts. Finally, they choose another number to lift the flap and reveal their fortune or task.

In Conclusion

Congratulations! You’ve just created a simple yet entertaining paper toy. The beauty of paper crafting lies in its simplicity and the endless possibilities for customization. Whether you’re making toys, decorations, or gifts, the process itself is a creative adventure. Happy crafting!