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Project

Felt Fortune Cookies

Materials

  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric shears
  • Wire cutters
  • Craft glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using fabric shears, cut a 4 1/2-inch-diameter circle from a piece of felt. Cut a piece of matching ribbon slightly shorter than 4 1/2 inches. Using wire cutters, cut a piece of floral wire slightly shorter than the length of ribbon.

  2. Step 2

    Using craft glue, affix the wire to the middle of the felt circle. Glue ribbon on top, covering the wire. Let dry 30 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the felt circle in half, using the wire as a guide, so ribbon is inside cookie. Next, angle the sides toward each other, bending the wire at its halfway point and forming a fortune-cookie shape, as shown.

  4. Step 4

    Assemble the fortune cookies. Carefully peel back one flap of the felt cookie, and insert a paper fortune and a few candies. Fold the flap back over to close cookie around contents.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2008

Reviews (69)

  • Angeltea9 13 Feb, 2011

    These would be Great for Chinese New Year! I love them

  • shannon777 10 Feb, 2011

    Followed the directions, except took the advice of using hot glued matching pipe cleaners instead of ribbon glued over wire (an easy short cut). Used regular felt sheets from Micheal's for .29 each. I think thicker felt would not work as well actually. I could get 4-5 circles per sheet. Put a Starburst in each one, they stay tightly closed without glue. Very quick and easy, they look just like the picture.

  • MirandaAK 10 Feb, 2011

    I am going to make a mixed CD of romantic sounds, including a fire cracling, rain, and a few instrumental songs. I may also add cute horoscopes relating to Chinese astrology, especilly since we are both fire signs, and that would be fun to play off for the occasion. I'm excited to get started.

  • MirandaAK 10 Feb, 2011

    Lyrics or a poetry verse would work nicely in lou of a "fourtune" for Valentine's Day. My theme is Chinese, my Valentine and I love carry-out. I am getting a to-go box (already red and white), and chopsticks to set in the corner. I have a tiny budget, so I am going to check my Chinese place for both (offer a few dollars) instead of the craft store. I am making three cookies, each holding a line from a Haiku I wrote. Also, I am fashioning his Valentine to resemble a menu. Ideas?

  • elyseali 7 Feb, 2011

    I wasn't putting candy in mine so I made 4 inch circles instead.I was able to fit five 4 inch circles on the 9 x 12 felt pieces.I used the scrap felt pieces to cover the floral wire.(I saved at least 12 bucks with not using ribbon.)They turned out really great.I did try pipecleaners in lieu of wire. WORKS as well but wire LOOKS better.

  • elyseali 7 Feb, 2011

    They're so easy to make!I went to Michaels craft store. Bought 9 x 12 inch basic felt. (49 cents each) I used a hot glue gun (easier

  • RaynetteQ 18 Aug, 2010

    made these for fun today. craft was super easy. i also used a hot glue gun.

  • BarbaraP06 16 Feb, 2009

    I had great luck with this craft. Did use hot glue instead and used a piece of felt instead of ribbon over the wire I did it for a church Valentine dinner and used Bible verses on love instead of fortunes. Got lots of compliments! Thanks Martha!

  • lizweinstein46 7 Feb, 2009

    We used hot glue which was great - didn't have to wait for the white glue to dry. Aso used pipe-cleaners instead of wire which was very easy...Nice project!

  • inspirationalist 6 Feb, 2009

    Theese were so easy to make.I used a hot glue gun and it worked out perfect.We used pink and black i also used a thicker ribbon with ridges . .We put a hershey kiss on both sides leading nothing in the middle but we did stick a skinny paper and stamped Happy Valentines day and some of them even have glittery hearts in the middle that are stickers made for felt u can find at the craft store we love them.

  • eppsplace 27 Jan, 2009

    We used supplies on hand,and eliminated a step by using thin pink and red colored chenille stems instead of the wire and ribbon.Cute craft for class gifts!

  • brockdiva 22 Jan, 2009

    I used a glue product called fabritac! It's magic! and as a result everything stuck and did what it was supposed to do.

  • djones 5 Mar, 2008

    My eleven yr. old daughter made these and received a lot of compliments. She had a great time coming up with "fortunes" and sayings (.i.e., I am fortunate to have you for a Valentine). The Hershey's Kisses didn't fit, but otherwise they were really cute.

  • NJLeoOH 24 Feb, 2008

    I did this for Saint Patty's Day instead and found it not as easy as it was described. The hardest parts were getting the thing to actually have the shape of a real fortune cookie after searching for small candies to fit in it. The kisses are really a bit big. I also used a tootsie roll.

  • sweetinitup 22 Feb, 2008

    This is the cutest thing ever. I tried this and it was very easy to achieve, but I tried this idea on craft sheet foam and it was perfect it kept a better shape and it looked more realistic. And all the different colors that the sheets come in. This would be a great favor to have for a shower or a themed party!!

  • Jewe1s 14 Feb, 2008

    This is a great idea for teens and can be used for any holiday or made big for a birthday. My son is going to use it to aski someone to a dance! After reading the previous comments, I decided to used a tacky craft glue rather than white glue, which I have used on felt projects with success before. :^)

  • enginerd 14 Feb, 2008

    RESULT: The craft glue was a mess and sort of bled-through (esp. on the pink). The ribbon was too thin and didnn n n n n n t stick well. But, I let it all dry overnight before bending. They turned out great. I made them a bit too small for holding the Herseyn n n n n n s Kisses I had bought, but would have worked perfect if I had made them bigger. They all held their shape and held the fortunes (written specifically for my friends). I would use a different glue and different ribbon next time.

  • enginerd 14 Feb, 2008

    PREP: I tried looking for a thicker felt (what I saw at the craft store seemed to thin - just on inspection, I hadn't read any comments). But when I went to the art store, they had the same stuff. I bought red at the art store and then stopped at the craft store and bought some pink. They seemed to be the same thickness but the pink was way thinner. I used regular craft glue, 18gauge wire and too-thin of a silky ribbon.

  • enginerd 14 Feb, 2008

    PREP: I tried looking for a thicker felt (what I saw at the craft store seemed to thin - just on inspection, I hadn't read any comments). But when I went to the art store, they had the same stuff. I bought red at the art store and then stopped at the craft store and bought some pink. They seemed to be the same thickness but the pink was way thinner. I used regular craft glue, 18gauge wire and too-thin of a silky ribbon.

  • happyfam03 12 Feb, 2008

    thanks for the "sayings"!! happy V-day to all

  • happyfam03 12 Feb, 2008

    thanks for the "sayings"!! happy V-day to all

  • LucyMaryJane 12 Feb, 2008

    My twin granddaughters will be one year old in March. The color theme for the party is pink and brown. I want to make the cookiesin those colors. Nothing that a trip
    to Michael's won't fix. the girls will be wearing pink dresses with brown poka dots. Even Martha would be proud!

  • Mags13 12 Feb, 2008

    I have seen fortune cookies used as wedding favors. I think this would be so cute and different.
    I cannot wait to try it and have written down all the tips, the rest of the comments have given. Thank you!

  • Mags13 12 Feb, 2008

    I have seen fortune cookies used as wedding favors. I think this would be so cute and different.
    I cannot wait to try it and have written down all the tips, the rest of the comments have given. Thank you!

  • amybest 12 Feb, 2008

    The fortune I am using is:
    I'd be so fortunate if you'd be my valentine.
    I used regular felt. Thinish floral wire and gross grain ribbon. I had a difficult time making the pocket until I realized that you fold the cookie down away from the circle edge. I am able to fit about 2 candies inside but to be on the safe side I am putting the cookies in little plastic sucker bags with ribbon.

  • EskimoDoll 11 Feb, 2008

    Happyfam03, I'm not very creative, but came up with "Valentine, you make my cookie crumble!"

  • Lauren219 10 Feb, 2008

    In regards to your question baby21, I have never seen red floral wire. You might try looking in the electrical or hardware area of a hardware store to see if they have some sort of red wire that would work for this project. If not, it's no big deal. That's what the red ribbon slices are for; to cover the wire.

  • Super_Mom 10 Feb, 2008

    I am making these with my 6 year old, using felt and floral stem wire ..... the wire keeps slipping off the felt when we bend them. Is hot glue the answer. I welcome suggestions or tips. Having fun...

  • moosecountry 10 Feb, 2008

    My 9 year old son who is outgrowing the Valentine gift thing at school was excited to do this so we gave it a try. We made 36 of them from red and pink felt. I subtituted the wire for pipe cleaners cut to length and glued in. Worked great. Happy Valentines day

  • baby21 10 Feb, 2008

    Question I shop at Michaels and I went looking for the Red Floral Wire. However, I only found Green. Does anyone know where I can find Red Floral Wire instead of Green??????

  • loveforcrafts 9 Feb, 2008

    An idea as a gift to your sweetheart: instead of fortunes/greetings inside, l printed out fortune sized coupons, such as, good for a massage or good for a movie of your choice etc.

  • loveforcrafts 9 Feb, 2008

    I just made bunch and loved the end result!! I recommend using a thicker wire, I bought the lowest gauge floral wire I could find (20 gauge). Definitely use a glue gun, if possible - quicker, easier and much less mess!! I used both regular felt and sturdy felt and both worked great!!

  • happyfam03 9 Feb, 2008

    my five yr old and i are making these for his friends at school, does anyone have any ideas for the inside quote other than the usual happy v-day? thanks!

  • SewRed 9 Feb, 2008

    I did not have any felt so I used some red ultra suede scrap. It worked great.

  • LoisRowe 9 Feb, 2008

    Cookies turned out great. I made them to pass out to everyone, kids bus driver, mail man ect. Used regular felt and had no problem. My daughter in Turkey sent me the site. I am sure glad she did.

  • lindastratford 8 Feb, 2008

    I read all the comments and bought reg. felt and foam and also sturdy felt. Everything worked. But I used pipe cleaners and my glue gun. I used a 3 1/2" circle out of the reg. felt and it looked good. But for the foam I used a 4 1/2" circle. I dabbed glue on the outside to keep the cookies folded.

  • akrasno 8 Feb, 2008

    I could not get this to work. I used a thicker felt, wire, ribbon, and fabric glue but I could not get the wire and ribbon to stick to the felt. Cute idea but not really workable.

  • ToniMarie 8 Feb, 2008

    I made these with my four year old son! I did the cutting, he traced, glued, and folded. I know everyone is going to love these Valentine's Day gifts! We put fortunes in them along with little foam hearts, great idea martha!

  • diannalane 8 Feb, 2008

    i think the thick craft felt would be a better idea.

  • kateoverjoyed 8 Feb, 2008

    I'm going to try it! If you didn't want to do a fortune, how about a small snippet of a Bible verse? Any other ideas?

  • grammysgood47 8 Feb, 2008

    I made a bowl full fo cookies for friends. I just used pipe cleaners instead of the floral wire and ribbon. Everyone thought I had a great idea. My response was it was a good thing by Martha Steward. Have a great day and thank you for making me look good. Linda

  • solo13 8 Feb, 2008

    This is a great craft for preparing for Valentines day during Chinese New Year!
    Thank you et Bien n n n n vous...

  • bethe 8 Feb, 2008

    I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I read these comments before going to the store, so I bought regular felt, felt with sizing, and craft foam--and I have pipe cleaners and the wire covered with ribbon. Nothing works. The regular felt (even ironed) is too floppy, and the other materials are too stiff and won't form a "pocket". I don't know if my felt is "thick craft felt" as suggested by one reader; it's all that's available at my Michaels. Any ideas?

  • bethe 8 Feb, 2008

    test

  • EULIEKING 8 Feb, 2008

    Fantastic - I will be doing these as soon as I buy the Felt and Wire
    I love unusual things and these fit the bill
    Thanks from South Australia

  • bgroesc 7 Feb, 2008

    Apparently very poor computer skills. My apologies.

  • bgroesc 7 Feb, 2008

    Stereotypical man here - no craft or creative skills whatsoever - I just made these with my son and it was easy and tons of fun! His classmates will love them. Great idea for Church.

  • bgroesc 7 Feb, 2008

    Stereotypical man here - no craft or creative skills whatsoever - I just made these with my son and it was easy and tons of fun! His classmates will love them. Great idea for Church.

  • bgroesc 7 Feb, 2008

    Stereotypical man here - no craft or creative skills whatsoever - I just made these with my son and it was easy and tons of fun! His classmates will love them. Great idea for Church.

  • bgroesc 7 Feb, 2008

    Stereotypical man here - no craft or creative skills whatsoever - I just made these with my son and it was easy and tons of fun! His classmates will love them. Great idea for Church.

  • yahhooo1 7 Feb, 2008

    I made both the felt and foam versions of this "cookie" and I think the felt ones loo nicer. I also had problems keeping the foam "cookies" closed.

  • GlendaW 7 Feb, 2008

    I'm going to make these for my Bible study next week and use scripture verses. These would make great gifts for anyone who loves the Lord! Thanks to everyone for their great tips on how to finesse this project.

  • ddietz5 7 Feb, 2008

    I think I'm going to have my daughter make these for her class, any suggestions on cute Valentine fortunes to put inside???

  • LAX-Mom 7 Feb, 2008

    I created mine with natural-colored felt with matching ombre ribbon. I downloaded love sayings from the web using script font. I think the oversized fortunes make a wonderful centerpiece.

  • CRAFTIME1 5 Feb, 2008

    Clue was a little messy, so being a scrapbooker I justed glue dots to put the wire and ribbon in place. And since the felt was not that fiirm I just put the note inside and placed the candy around the felt in a dish so people can serve themselves.

  • alexandra1984 4 Feb, 2008

    Rather than the floral wire and ribbon, I used pipe cleaners in a matching color. They held beautifully and I was able to put two Kisses in each felt cookie.

  • 1tiredmomma 4 Feb, 2008

    I made these several different ways. The best and sturdiest way was with craft foam instead of felt. If using felt make them smaller like 4" and use strong wire like 18-20 gauge or matching pipe cleaners. Both ways a glue gun was faster. They should stay shut on their own.

  • creativekelly 2 Feb, 2008

    How do you keep them shut, do you glue them!

  • sayrachel 1 Feb, 2008

    I've made these and they are so cute! I was able to secure two Hershey's Kisses and a 'fortune' use a few strategically placed dots of hot glue. Our fortune read

  • mommyyoder 31 Jan, 2008

    Try ironing the felt first, sometimes this stiffens the felt. Make sure you use a thick, craft felt. Don't set the iron too high it will melt the felt.

  • CreativeGenius 31 Jan, 2008

    I will definitely be making some of these! I might try high quality construction paper, or even foil cupcake papers, as well as the felt.

  • CreativeGenius 31 Jan, 2008

    I will definitely be making some of these! I might try high quality construction paper, or even foil cupcake papers, as well as the felt.

  • CreativeGenius 31 Jan, 2008

    I will definitely be making some of these! I might try high quality construction paper, or even foil cupcake papers, as well as the felt.

  • almost 30 Jan, 2008

    Anybody try foam sheets instead of felt?

  • nilongvyas 29 Jan, 2008

    i tried it with poster board. Not as cute but works.

  • candikane 29 Jan, 2008

    I have made a couple and although they are cute, it seems that the felt might be too floppy to hold treats. Paper yes, treats no.

  • Kadersmom 28 Jan, 2008

    Instead of cutting wire and ribbon, I used pipe-cleaners that matched the color of felt that I was using!

  • wenhether 27 Jan, 2008

    I made mine using 24 guage! Hope this helps!

  • liz-217 24 Jan, 2008

    What size of floral wire works best?