Iris folding is a paper craft technique that takes its name from the fact that the centre of the design resembles the iris of a camera or an eye. The centre piece uses an unfolded, usually holographic, piece of card that is different from the designs already used.
You start with the number one and follow the numbers and you will build up your pattern.
Below is a series of pictures to help to show how this technique works. Each pattern will have different requirements but the same basic technique.
With a little adult guidance we have had kids as young as 4 complete this project.
The designs are numerous and can be purchased from many online retailers.
1) Assemble your, pattern and scissors
The pattern will consist of two pieces, a cut-out top and a template underneath, held together by masking tape at each edge
2) Take your first colour strip and lay it across section 1 on the template with one end close to the picture
3) Cut a piece so that you have approximately 1cm either side
4) Turn the cut piece of paper so it is plain side up. Fold along the long side about a third of the way down. Make the crease as crisp as possible
5) Line the fold of the piece against the line of section one on the template and sellotape down. Don't get any sellotape on the template.
6) Repeat process for each number, remembering to always stick down on top of the ones that are already there