A specialist paper folding technique. The finished product looks similar to that of the iris of an eye or camera.

Iris folding patterns
Tape dispenser

Backing card larger than the finished piece
All the coloured cards needed for the design
Single sided acid free tape
Double sided tape

Find a pattern you like and feel would be popular.

Print or draw the pattern and then cut out. If you want to use the pattern multiple times, make sure it is on card or laminate the paper.

Take your larger piece of card and place the printed pattern in the middle. Trace around the pattern and then cut out the hole. Turn the card onto its back, where you will be attaching the folds.

On the pattern you will see the number of colours you need. Cut your smaller coloured cards into 1.5 inch wide strips and then fold (not in half) to about 1/3. Make sure you have a sharp crease.

Place the pattern on board and place the larger card (with the hole cut in it) over the pattern, so the the pattern can be seen through the hole. Tape the card down to the board on one side, like a hinge.

Follow the pattern placing creased coloured card on the correct numbered parts of the pattern, until all the numbers parts of the pattern have been covered.

Place a piece in the centre triangle.

Tape over the folds so that they are flat and secure.

You can either back the finish iris design or place into a book using acid free double sided tape.

Cut a small piece of each coloured card you are using and stick it onto the pattern, so that you remember which colour related to which number. You could also write the number on the back of the card strip cut.

Once you have finished the iris, you will have a triangular hole in the middle, you could put a photograph, holographic paper or other item of interest here.

Once complete your folded iris could be framed, used on cards or gift tabs, scrap booking etc.