When I was a kid, I used to sit around making these fortune tellers (or “cootie catchers”) all the time, only they asked questions like, “What’s your favorite color?” or “Who’s the cutest boy?” Who knew they would ever find a place in the world of DIY wedding ideas?! What a great way to add a little interaction to your wedding, though. You can be so creative with these and really personalize them. First, see how simple they are to make, then check out some great ideas for how to use them at your wedding:
How to make them:
- First you need to make your piece of paper square. To do this fold the corner across as in pic 1 and then cut off the excess rectangle of paper.
- Next fold your piece of paper in half in the other direction. You should now have a square piece of paper that has 4 triangles on it.
- Now turn the paper so that it is curing upwards rather than sitting like a pyramid. Fold each corner into the center. You will now have a smaller square with 8 triangles on it.
- Turn the paper over. This side should look like it had 4 squares on it. Now fold each corner into the center again. When you’re done it should look like a square with 8 triangles on it again.
Save the Date Cards:
I think they would make excellent save the date cards. You can mail them flat, then recipients can pop them up. You could write Save The Date on the exterior surfaces and there are 8 interior flaps, which are perfect for writing out your wedding date (i.e. 07.05.2012 — one number per surface). Add any extra details like how you fell in love, how he proposed or where the wedding will be underneath all the interior flaps.
Use an extra large piece of paper to make them more visible. Art stores and specialty paper stores often have large sheets of decorative paper. Simply add the table number to each outside flap using stickers from the craft store or a calligraphy pen (a Sharpie would work too). Because of the fortune teller’s multifaceted nature, the table numbers will be easy to spot from any direction.
Seating Cards or Place Cards:
Use the standard size from 8.5 x 11 paper or make them smaller if you want. Print guests’ names on the outside flaps and their table number on the inside flaps. If you have the time and want to personalize each one, use the underside of the flaps as an opportunity to convey a special message — thank your guests, tell them why they’re important to you (why they made your exclusive guest list!), one quick thing you love about them, etc. OR — turn the tables and invite guests to leave YOU a special message inside. After the day is over, you’ll have a fun collection of your guests’ best wishes!
Wedding Party Games:
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Keep your guests entertained before dinner by providing them with fortune tellers filled with riddles or questions about the bride and groom.
Vintage inspired LOVE themed fortune teller:
A piece of colored paper
A piece of floral patterned paper
An old dressmaking pattern
First off I cut my floral paper slightly smaller than my plain square, then I stuck it down in the center with glue. Next, I folded my paper into the fortune teller, and when I was done, I stuck on my little ‘Love’ sequins. I then cut out numbers from an old dressmaking pattern. You may want to photocopy these if you are making a lot! You can write whatever you like on the inside, but I would suggest little facts about the couple would be a sweet way to let your guests know a little more about them. You could also replace the numbers with questions about the couple and put the answers on the inside where the facts used to be. This makes it more of a game for the guests.
‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ Fortune Teller:
To make this Alice in Wonderland themed fortune teller you will need:
- Plain paper (or patterned on one side if you want a little bit of color.)
- The downloadable fortune teller template from Ruffled. http://ruffledblog.com/freebie-fridays-cootie-catcher-menu-template/
Here is a slightly less time consuming way to make a fortune teller. Simply fill in the blanks on the template and print off! The one I have made has the words ‘I DO’ on the outside, and the options on the inside flaps spell out ‘Why is a raven like a writing desk?’ – the famous Mad hatter riddle that never had an answer! Alternatively you could write riddles on these, then write the answers on the inside. Below are some ideas for riddles that may be fitting for the occasion.
Q. I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball. What am I?
A. The Future
Q. If you break me I do not stop working,If you touch me I may be snared,If you lose me nothing will matter.
A. Your Heart
Q. What starts with a T, ends with a T, and has T in it?
A. A teapot
Q. A mile from end to end, yet as close to you as a friend. A precious commodity, freely given. Seen on the dead and on the living. Found on the rich, poor, short and tall, but shared among children most of all. What is it?
A. A smile
Q. Two words is my answer. In order to keep me, you have to give me. What am I?
A. Your word
Q. What holds two people together but touches only one?
A. A wedding ring
Q. I go in dry and come out wet, The longer I’m in, the stronger I get. What am I?
A. A tea bag