Paper Pinchies – What?!

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Here is an easy paper craft that you will want to teach everyone to do, and you will also make about 40 of them and you will also squeal in delight when you see how awesome they are, and then you will pin and tweet and Facebook the hell outta this post for me. Right? Right.

One day, Cats Eat Dogs (Clare) sent me a little link that showed me how to make these thingies, and the only way I can describe them is: life changing.


paper pinchie notes from Tiny Rotten Peanuts


Here’s my video on how to make them:


Don’t make fun of my man-hands or squeaky voice. I seem to have picked up some Chicago accent to mix with the delightful western NY accent. If you don’t want to watch the video, you simply roll a piece of origami paper around a dowel or fat knitting needle or something, then pinch it closed all the way down the length of it, alternating the pinching directions as you go.

paper fortunes - from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Look at this pretty origami paper I found on Amazon:

pretty origami paper

Now just when you thought these were cool all on their own, you can also write secret messages in them. I came up with some ideas for you.

paper fortunes


paper fortunes

Another good idea, if you lose a bet or owe someone $20, is to do this with the cash, but fill it with glitter first! *Twinkle*



  1. allthingspaper
    04/11/2014 / 7:54 pm

    Ahhh, the easy, little things are the BEST – thanks for this!

  2. malibou
    04/11/2014 / 9:09 pm

    Cool trick! But putting a smile on my crabby face rocks. Those notes are awesome.

  3. 04/12/2014 / 11:50 am

    Love the glitter idea! 🙂 Great craft for easy messages, etc. Love it!

  4. wombatcentral
    04/12/2014 / 8:22 pm

    I am amazed they stay shut–so cute and my Girly would have big fun writing notes to her friends like this! Ooh-or my Girl Scout troop. Not a trace of a Western, NY accent, btw. 😉

    • 04/15/2014 / 7:57 pm

      Thanks about the no accent comment. Both accents are scary. And yes, once you show a girl how to make these, they are hooked.

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