Autumn Maple Leaf Iris Folding Pattern

Last Updated on April 22, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Looking for an iris folding template? Get the free printable iris folding pattern for this Autumn Maple Leaf framed project and make it today.

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Iris folding is a paper folding technique that originated in Holland.   Strips of folded colored paper are taped into place over a pattern to create a spiral design that looks like the iris of a camera. These designs can then be used in note cards or framed and hung on the wall for a gorgeous accent piece.  

Autumn Maple Leaf Iris Folding Project With Pattern

Autumn Maple Leaf Iris Folding Project

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of paper to form a design. The center of the design is similar to the iris of a camera. I typically do iris folding with origami paper because it’s the easiest to fold.

Autumn maple leaf iris folding project

Iris folding template and materials:

3 sheets of origami paper in different colors
1 piece of heavy card stock
scotch tape
scissors
Self-healing cutting mat
Exacto blade

Iris folding directions

  • Print the pattern and cut it out.
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
 
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Trace the pattern on the back side of the card stock
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Carefully cut out the pattern from the inside of the card stock so there is basically a hole in the center of the card stock where the pattern is. Do not cut through the outside of the card stock.
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Cut each origami sheet into 1 1/2″ strips.
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Fold each strip in half so it is 3/4″ long.
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Tape the pattern into the hole left in the card stock so the pattern can be seen from the back side of the card stock.
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Carefully tape each strip, following the numbered key, onto the card stock.  Trim as you go so you don’t have an excess of origami paper on your card stock.
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Do each color at a time and then move clockwise to the next color.
Autumn maple leaf iris folding project
  • Flip the card stock over and carefully tuck any stray edges in.  Frame or use mounted on a note card.

Autumn Maple Leaf Iris Folding Project

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18 thoughts on “Autumn Maple Leaf Iris Folding Pattern”

  1. Thank you for the leaf pattern lay out! I used it to trace inside a smaller leaf die! I’d love to share a tip! Follow the pattern in numerical progression rather than doing one color at a time as shown in the photo. If you do your paper pieces will surely fit and the front will look much smoother with no paper too short. Tape your cut paper to the pattern paper you’re working on giving you access to flip it over and check your progress during throughout. ❤️🧜‍♀️
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  3. I've been wanting to work with "oragami", I wanted to try and see what neat ideas I could come up with. I love this idea. Relatively easy directions to follow and it is a beautiful piece! Love it!
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