Custom Cootie Catchers

by Anna Rose Johnson | Mar 25, 2014

Remember when all it took to know your future was the random combination of numbers and options from a MASH game or the quick movements of a cootie catcher (fortune teller)? Who your husband would be, what kind of house you would live in and how many kids you would have were all at your fingertips.

Paper Fortune Teller


Well, now I really know who my husband is, what type of house I live in and how many kids I have. Future revealed.

 But I still love the idea of using the cootie catcher in my current life.  It’s nostalgic, really. They could be used as Christmas cards, place cards for weddings or even as home decor.

Make a cootie catcher


To make a custom cootie catcher, let your Cricut Explore™ machine do the hard part. In Cricut Design Space™, add score lines from the image search to a simple square.

 By placing score lines on a project, you can make folding complicated paper crafting projects, like origami, easier. In a matter of minutes you can crank out several cooties catchers in varying sizes.


Screenshot of score lines in project

 Want to head back to the days of paper folding and sleepovers and make a cootie catcher for yourself?


Materials needed:

  • Cricut Explore™ machine
  • Cricut Design Space™ online software
  • 12" x 12" StandardGrip Mat
  • Cricut Explore™ Scoring Stylus
  • Cricut® Tools Scraper
  • Cardstock

Materials needed to make cootie catcher

You can access my file here in Cricut Design Space.

Let's get started!

Insert the Cricut Explore™ Scoring Stylus into accessory clamp A.

In Cricut Design Space™ online software, cut and score cardstock for as many cootie catchers as you would like to make.

How to make a cootie catcher

Remove the paper from the mat and fold each corner up to the middle along the score lines.

How to make a fortune teller


Flip the project over and fold corners to the center along score lines.

Use a bone folder to make sharp creases

Use a Cricut® Tools Scraper for nice, clean folds.

Fold the cootie catcher in half

Fold the project in half in both directions.

And you're done!

Small Cootie Catcher

The beauty of this type of project is that you can make your cootie catchers as big as 11.5" x 11.5" or as small as your fingers can fold. 

Anna Rose


1 Comment

  1. 1 05 Sep
    LEYK17 Very neat post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.