Originating in Holland, Iris Paper Folding has travelled the globe to become the popular and impressive papercraft it is today. Creating a gorgeous spiral design that looks like a camera lens or the iris of an eye, this paper folding technique is a fun way to create beautiful designs in an array of shapes and sizes. Simple to learn, why not give this thrilling craft a go.
In a fun coiled pattern, you layer and tape down colour-coordinated strips of paper or fabric onto a cut-out shape to create a camera lens appearance. Your cut-out shape can be anything from a simple circle to a flower to create your wonderful design.
This gorgeous paper folding technique can be used in a wide array of DIY projects. You could use them to make impressive greetings cards, add lovely details to scrapbook pages, frame them to create charming standalone decorations and much more.
An iris paper folding pattern, many free ones can be found online
Colourful paper or fabric to create the folded design, thin material is better for this if you want to prevent your design from bulking up too much. You’ll want at least three different colours or designs, depending on the pattern you choose.
Card to cut out your chosen shape
It may sound complicated at first but once you understand the process, and have had a few practise tries, you’ll be wanting to add them to everything.
If you fancy taking up an exciting new papercraft, iris paper folding will be perfect for you. Have a browse through our extensive Arts and Crafts collection to find a variety of supplies that are sure to inspire creativity.