Iris Folding: Designing Templates

The first step in iris folding is to choose a template. We have generated some pre-made templates for you to use. Simply copy & paste the large, medium, or small images onto a text file and print it out for use.

You can also design your own templates for iris folding. You may choose any shape you want, or perhaps you want a template of specific dimensions. We use a square as an example.

  1. Draw the shape you desire in the size that you want. Using a ruler, make a dot "X" distance from the corner. Do this for all corners. "X" can be half and inch; a quarter of an inch; or any distance you want.

    If you choose a short distance (1/8 of an inch), then you will need many narrow strips of paper. If you choose a long distance (1 inch), you will need fewer strips, but each strip will be wider.

  2. Connect the dots. This will cause you to draw the same shape, but smaller, inside the original shape.

  3. Make another dot the same distance from the corner of the smaller, inner shape.

  4. Connect the dots again to make a third shape. Each new shape gets progressively smaller and smaller.

  5. Continue drawing smaller and smaller shapes inside the larger shapes until there is no more room left or until you have enough.

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