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Ideas and Steps for How to Make Cootie Catcher Conversation Starters

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Origami Cootie Catcher

How to make cootie catcher origami fortune teller

How to make cootie catcher origami fortune teller

You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Pen
  • Bone Folder (optional)
  • Markers (optional)
  • Stickers (optional)

Cootie Catcher Craft

Cootie catchers (also called fortune tellers) are such fun. I remember my best friend in grade school, Corinne, taught me how to make my first cootie catcher. We would make them out of notebook paper and as we got older and more mature, so did the fortunes. Cootie catchers make great party favors and conversation starters because your guests will get a little nostalgic but playing with these paper fortune tellers never goes out of style.

The bone folder you see in my video and pictures

What is a Bone Folder?

A bone folder is a crafting tool made out of hard plastic. It might look a little like a letter opener. The bone folder is great for folding paper and creates beautiful crisp creases and folds with ease. I love my pink Martha Stewart bone folder and I use it almost daily. It's better than using your hands or fingers-- especially if you're doing a lot of folding.

Making a Cootie Catcher with Heather, step by step

How to Make a Cootie Catcher

How to Make a Fortune Teller - fold cootie catcher in no time

How to Make a Fortune Teller - fold cootie catcher in no time

Paper Cootie Catcher Looks Like Lace

Do you spell it Cooty Catcher, or Cootie Catcher?

Do you spell it Cooty Catcher, or Cootie Catcher?

The Flower Punch I used

Valentine Wedding Cootie Catchers

Cootie Catcher Wedding Favors

The above cootie catcher is made from beautiful scrapbook paper that looks like white lace and punched flowers that can match your wedding colors and/or flowers. Each quadrant has a distinct color of flowers in place of writing out the word of the color as done on traditional cootie catchers.

Provide your guests with pre-made fortune tellers or equip each wedding reception table with supplies and instructions to make their own. Pre-made cootie catchers can include fun trivia about the bride and groom. Your guests can take turns quizzing each other and having fun while they wait for the wedding party or dinner to arrive. If guests will be making their own, perhaps include some examples of what they can write on their paper toys.

  • What's your favorite color?
  • How do you know the happy couple?
  • What's your sign?

It's a great icebreaker for wedding guests and can make small-talk and bit more fun.

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Holiday Cootie Catchers

Use cootie catchers and fortune tellers at your next holiday party or gathering. Using the perfect paper and stickers, you can really transform this past-time into a festive activity. Instead of writing colors on your cootie catcher, use holiday stickers. The stickers can be different colors and serve the same purpose as red, blue or green. If using a candy cane sticker, you might spell out "R-E-D" or "C-A-N-D-Y C-A-N-E" or while playing. Use the following examples for inspiration when designing what your cootie catchers will look like and what the fortunes or questions will be. Be creative when thinking of good cootie catcher sayings. This paper game will get your guests talking and having a good time.

How To Make a Fortune Teller Game

Cootie Catcher Questions

New Years

  • Use gold paper and glittery stickers.

"What's your resolution?"

"Wanna kiss at midnight?"

Valentine's Day

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  • Use pink or red paper and cute heart stickers.

"Who was your first kiss?"

"What's your favorite romantic movie?"


  • Use orange and black paper with stickers of skeletons or spiders.

"You will get bitten by a werewolf tonight!"

"What's your favorite scary movie?"


  • Use plain brown cardstock and stickers of turkeys or leaves.

"What are you thankful for this year?"

"What's your favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving dinner?"


  • Use red or green paper with stickers of candy canes or Christmas lights.

"What did you ask Santa for this year?"

"What's your favorite Christmas memory?"

If you can't find the right stickers, use a stamp or decorative paper punch. You can signify different colors with ink or scrapbook colors. Glue the punched-out paper shapes onto your cootie catcher. A thin layer of Mod Podge in gloss really does the trick and keeps your cootie catcher design together and looking neat. If you're making more than a few cootie catchers for your next event, stamps and punches can save you some money if stickers are too expensive.

Heather Says

I love cootie catchers for so many reasons. It's one of the few origami paper crafts that I can actually fold with ease and comes out perfect every time. I wish I would have thought of having cootie catchers at my wedding-- it's such a unique idea. I love simple, hand made crafts that you can customize to fit any occasion and a cootie catcher is just that.

Making a Cootie Catcher


Heather (author) from Arizona on November 16, 2013:

@WhiteMuse-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

@Mark-- Thanks so much for reading and bookmarking :)

@GlstngRosePetals-- Thanks for reading and voting. I'm glad you stopped by :)

@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Aw that sounds cute! I'm sure it will come out great and be a fun experience :)

WhiteMuse on October 25, 2013:

This looks really unusual. I bet it would start conversations. It also looks like the he loves me/loves me not toy that she used in a movie about their high school reunion for Remy and Michelle.

Mark on August 27, 2013:

Thanks for sharing exlcleent informations. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you’ve on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What a great web-site.

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on October 17, 2012:

What a great cheap conversation piece you can have fun with the making and enjoying time with the little ones. Thank you for the share.. Voted up!!!

Claudia Mitchell on October 03, 2012:

How cute. Going to have to do this with my daughter!

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