Iris folding is a fun way to make beautiful greeting cards. It has nothing to do with origami and it does not involve folding of any kind. However, we include it in this web site because people who like tea bag folding (which does include paper folding) also like iris folding. The two crafts go hand in hand.
The word “Iris” refers to the iris of an eye or a camera. The hole which allows light to enter is called a pupil or an aperture. The area that surrounds the pupil and aperture is called the iris. In the case of an eye, the iris is made of muscles which can constrict or dilate. In a camera, the iris is a series of movable blades. The blades come together to decrease the aperture or pull apart to increase the aperture.
In iris folding, strips of paper are layered upon each other to give a pattern similar to the iris of a camera. It’s easy to do and the results look magnificent!