Looking for a fun, super cute craft activity for Valentine’s Day? Try these Playdoh Fortune Cookies and let your friends know they are worth a fortune!
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It was not a happy moment the day the kids discovered an artifact of the calendar.
“Hey Mom!” Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday are on the same d- oh no…”
Yup. As a Catholic family, Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. And that means Valentine’s Day is, too.
No treats. No chocolate. No cookies or cakes or feasts.
And a reminder that we are dust, and to dust, we shall return.
Not a traditionally romantic thought.
Fortunately, though, we aren’t barred from being happy, or from making super cute Valentine crafts. I got a bit of Valentine inspiration from our February 2018 issue of Highlights magazine, which features a spread on some adorable fortune cookies made of Playdoh. The kids and I decided to try our own hand at it, and I thought I’d put together a tutorial in case you’d like to make some of your own!
How to Make Super Cute Playdoh Fortune Cookies for Valentine’s Day
What You’ll Need:
- Playdoh, clay, or another modeling compound. (We tried standard clay, homemade playdoh, and store-bought playdoh. The clay looked the best; the store-bought playdoh was easiest to work with).
- Round cookie cutters, between 3 and 4 inches in diameter.
- A small rolling pin (we used a standard playdoh tool)
- Fine tip markers in pink, red, or purple
- Computer or construction paper, cut into 1/4 inch strips
- A hard work surface
What You’ll Do:
- Write your message on one side of the slip of paper. This will be your fortune. Fold it in half, and write the name of the person you’ll give it to on one end. We choose notes that fit the fortune cookie theme:
- I’m so fortunate you are my friend!
- You are worth a fortune.
- May your day be filled with good fortune.
- I hit the jackpot with you!
- Roll your chosen medium into a ball. Press it flat on your work surface and roll it to about an eighth of an inch thick
- Cut your dough with the circle cutter of your choice. The larger, 3-inch cutter seemed to work better for us.
- Take one fortune and place it just below the center of the circle. Be sure the edge of the fortune (with the name) sticks out). Fold the circle in half, and crimp the bottom edges.
- Gently bend the half circle into a fortune cookie shape. Smooth any rough edges or bumps with your finger.
- Share your fortune cookie with a friend!
We had so much fun with these that I put together a little instructional video:
Fun Tips and Extras for your Valentine Fortune Cookies
- If you use clay that air dries, you can break your fortune cookies open to get the fortune!
- If you use oven-bake clay, write your fortunes on parchment paper instead of computer or construction paper.
- Make a whole bunch and deliver them in a Chinese food box.
It’s true the calendar says we can’t have real sweet treats on Valentine’s this year, but we can have some super cute Playdoh Fortune Cookies!
So grab your supplies, get to crafting, and have a grand old Valentine time.
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