Fortune Cookie Love Note

I am not romantic.  Like, at all, really.  Not that my husband is the big romantic type or anything, but I really have to try to do something sweet.  Usually I count it as sweet enough that I did his laundry and wiped out the sink. :P

See, I’m already being un-sweet in my love note post. *sigh* So I’m just going to suck it up and admit that I made something nice.

I made something nice. 

Really, it’s a very simple gesture – nothing elaborate or really gushy, because I just can’t go from zero to googly-eyed.  But in the interest of baby steps, I made my husband a dinner date invitation for this weekend.  We have been talking about going to our favorite Japanese restaurant “sometime soon”, but it hasn’t happened yet.  Don’t get me wrong, we do get out plenty, but we bring Raya with us and we end up at a chain restaurant.  I love our family time.  But, we need some us-time too.

So in keeping with the theme, I made a paper fortune cookie and made the fortune part the invitation.

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Paper Fortune Cookie

Time: 5 minutes


  • Beige/tan/brown and white paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape (or glue)

I wanted it to be oversized and noticeable, so I traced a bowl and made a large-ish circle, maybe like 6″ in diameter.  A “real” fortune cookie is more like 3 1/2″ or so.  I cut about a 4″ strip of white paper for my fortune. 

As you can see, my message is still not terribly romantic.  I did add some x’s and o’s.  Maybe that helped.

Anyway, to fold your paper cookie, fold it in half but don’t crease it.

Then, press the center inward.  This is easier said than done, because your paper will begin to crease.  That’s ok, just try to keep it centered.  Like so:

Now bring the ends together so that it looks like a cookie.  It’s hard to explain, which is why you get a visual:

I used double-sided scrapbooking adhesive to stick the two inner folds together. You could also use glue or another adhesive and just pin it together with a clothespin until it was dry. 

Then, I tucked the fortune into one side of it so that it was showing and left it where my husband would see it when he got home.

As soon as he got home, he woke me up and the first thing he said was, “I’ll call the babysitter tomorrow.”  So I think it worked. :)

If Asian food isn’t your thing, you could always make a note that says, “I’m fortunate to have you” or really any other sort of message you like.  You could also put together a little gift box from a takeout box if the occasion called for it!  I know mine is really simple, but hey – I was only going for something a little better than sending my husband a text that says, “I want Hibachi!” :)

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  1. Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) says

    Love that idea! I'm not very romantic either, but my husband is, so I do try….

    Enjoy the dinner!

  2. Whole Child Creative Curriculum says

    I love this! It's so cute and simple…I'll definitely be using it soon! I love being on the receiving end of the romance, but could definitely step up the giving end a little. ;) Thanks for sharing!

    Carla @ Whole Child Creative Curriculum

  3. Jenny says

    What a great idea!! I have to pin this for Valentine's Day!! Thanks for linking up to Latest and Greatest Friday!

  4. Emily says

    This is a great idea! The Texan is a super romantic, and I'm not – he'd love this!

    Thanks so much for linking this up with my {new} Whip it up Wednesday handmade party, too!

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

  5. LrSchwtz says

    I couldn't find your email, I just wanted to let you know that your Fortune Cookie Love Notes are being featured this week at Laugh, Love, & Craft's Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us!

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