Spotted: Paper Fortune Cookies from Unsophisticook, and 4 other Stash-Busting Valentines

Paper Fortune Cookies

We have a homemade valentine rule in our house.

I mean, obviously.

This year, one of my kids scandalously chose to design her valentines on the computer (Sigh…), but the other kid is happily making hers by hand, going from scrapbook paper to Perler beads to scissors and doilies, depending on her mood at that exact minute.

One of her cutest creations so far are these paper fortune cookies that she made using the tutorial from Unsophisticook. It took her a few frustrating tries to get the exact creasing and folding instructions down, and the final fold, the one that makes the paper circle LOOK like a fortune cookie, is still a little too hard for her to do independently, but she loved creating teeny-tiny fortunes for each one.

Paper Fortune Cookies

Based on the amusement that she gained by writing inside jokes into each fortune, I’m imagining that this would be an EXCELLENT class valentine project for a tween.

Curious about other valentines that you can make from your paper scraps? Here are a few more ideas!

garland. This tute calls for scrap fabric, but paper would work even better for a garland that you plan to give. Wrap it around a simple index card with your and the recipient’s name on it.

magnetsThis project appeals to me because it looks best when the smallest of scraps are used. The tutorial uses a punched circle, but a heart wouldn’t be any harder to do, and it would be a nice memento for the recipient to keep on her fridge.

Recycled Valentine's Day Craftsmanila folderI’m betting that you have at least a couple of grotty old manila folders around somewhere. Hint: You don’t actually need your receipts from 1987 anymore…

paper gemsThis is a printable template, so you could use the backside of already-used cardstock. Otherwise, I think that stiff magazine covers would look really cool here.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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