I'm not very crafty, but we had a little time on our hands yesterday so the kids and I made paper fortune cookie valentines. And now I remember why we stopped making homemade valentines a few years back. The kids totally do not enjoy it. There's a lot of gnashing of teeth and dramatic sighing. It's almost as if elementary school-aged boys don't like love.
Anyway, assembly instructions are here should you feel compelled to torture yourself (I find it's easier not to glue-dot the edges of the circle together but to overlap them loosely and glue-dot everything at the end). The folding part is a little tricky, but you get the hang of it after a while. You, meaning the adult in the group. The kids will have long left the room by then. The printed-out fortunes, which I culled from various sources like this one, are tucked inside on little slips of paper just like their edible counterparts. I kept the sayings on the motivational side rather than anything too emo as I don't want to be sued on Valentine's Day. Not again. Also, I'm the last one to give advice on matters of the heart.
While doing my research, I came across several hilarious fortunes that people have found in actual fortune cookies over the years. Here are some of my favorites:
- You will be hungry again in one hour.
- That wasn't chicken.
- You will receive a fortune cookie.
- Help, I'm being held prisoner in a Chinese bakery!
- Never wear your best pants when you go to fight for freedom.
- Ignore previous cookie.