Iris Folding Ideas

Updated July 19, 2017

Iris folding is a paper-folding technique employed by crafters of greeting cards, scrapbooks and other paper crafts. The iris fold can be used to frame a photograph or to add visual interest to the project. Whether you choose to create geometrical shapes, animals, fruit or any other shape utilising the iris folding technique, any paper can be used to craft the designs. Templates and patterns can be found online or in your local craft store.

Animal Birthday Invitation

Use the iris folding technique to produce birthday invitations for your child's birthday. Look for a template of an animal your child will recognise as his favourite. Templates can be found online or as part of a kit that includes all the paper required. For the invitation, use card stock and build your animal design on the front. Include all pertinent birthday information on the back. Animal ideas include cats, dogs, various birds and farm animals among others. Have your child help pick the coloured paper or with the design itself.

Garden Pages

Choose three iris folding patterns to include in a two-page spread of your scrapbook. One idea is to create a garden page using one central flower (created with iris folding) and place a picture of your garden behind the flower. The garden will be visible through the "iris" or window in the centre of the flower. Choose two smaller iris folding patterns to draw the eye across the rest of the spread. Unify the design by using the same colour scheme for each bloom.

Masculine Greeting Card

Design a masculine greeting card with the iris folding technique. With bold colours like navy, maroon, chocolate, black and grey, many iris folding patterns can be used for masculine cards. For instance, design a birthday card for your husband or dad using an iris folding template for a house. Mix dark solid colours with printed patterns such as stripes, plaid or animal patterns. Other ideas include a club bag for the golfer and a fish pattern for the fisherman at heart.

Other Ideas

For small weddings, create an invitation with the iris folding technique. For a wedding held in an orchard, use an apple template and use a range of modern coloured papers to create red and green apples. An individual thank-you card with a heart on the front, Christmas cards with holly and berries, and an Easter egg for an Easter card are other ideas for integrating the iris folding technique into your paper craft designs.

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Jennifer Mullett started writing in 1998. She has published several short stories in Notebook Magazine, has ghostwritten news releases and articles for local companies and continues to write fiction. Mullett has a diploma in floral design from The Canadian Institute of Floral Design and a diploma in photographic studies from Lawrence College.