Just about everyone that’s ever attended school in the UK or USA knows this model as the Traditional Origami Fortune Teller, or Cootie Catcher. While it may have different names just like the pajarita, these days it’s probably best known across the world as a playground toy. In traditional origami, it’s turned upside down and used as a Salt Cellar. I have no idea if anybody actually used it to put salt in, but that’s it’s purpose.
The paper origami fortune teller is very easy to make (if you can fold the four corners to the center you can make this), and any paper will do, provided there’s enough blank space to write on each of the flaps. Paper that is different colours on both sides might make it look a bit prettier when playing with it, but it really isn’t necessary. I made this one out of orange kami as I’ve always got lots of that lying around.
Difficulty: Simple, suitable for beginners or children
Time to make: Less than five minutes
For instructions on how to play the fortune teller game, see this video.
Traditional Origami Fortune Teller Diagrams
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