How to: Fortune Frames
February 18, 2011, 9:00 am
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I have to admit… my favorite thing about getting Chinese food is often reading my fortune at the end of the meal. Ninety percent of the time, they’re rubbish – often not really fortunes at all. But occasionally I happen upon one that speaks to me. I’ve been saving the best ones for years, sticking them on mirrors, carrying them in wallets, never knowing quite what to do with them, but not feeling right throwing them away. I don’t know why this project didn’t occur to me sooner!

For this project, you’ll need small frames (I found mine at the $1 store), a sheet of white paper or cardboard, a sheet of black paper, double-sided tape and fortunes.

Step 1:  Open your frame, and using the back piece as a template, measure out and cut your white paper or cardboard (I used some mat board that I had laying around from another project).

Step 2: Based on the size of your frames, decide how big you want the black pieces behind your fortunes to be. My frames are 3 1/2 x 5, so I decided to make my black pieces 2 x 3.


Step 3: Using the double-sided tape attach your fortune to the black piece. I just eyeballed it, but you can measure it out precisely if you’d like.

Step 4: Attach the black piece to the white piece.

Step 5: Pop everything into your frame, and you’re done!

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In my first apartment the only rule we had was that all fortunes, snapple caps, joke printed popsicle sticks, etc. had to be thoughtful glue-sticked somewhere around the house. It was wonderful, butt I don’t think I could get behind it these days – this is like the adult version, I love it. :)

Comment by Siouxsie Homemaker

I love this. I keep my fortunes all the time and tape them on my computer monitor at work (which really annoys our IT guys). I think I’ll have to do this instead!

Comment by Wendi

[…] The little man on the top shelf is an incense burner my parents brought back from Germany. The middle shelf holds things from Haiti and Thailand. The bottom shelf is a box I made that has “Don’t be afraid” carved into the top. You can find a tutorial for the Fortune Cookie Art here. […]

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I love these! I collect my fortune cookies and turn most of them into little encaustic paintings that people can buy at random (as in, they can’t pick their fortune! haha) for my Etsy Shop, but there are some that I’ve kept for myself. Finally, finally, I know what to do with them.

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