Iris folding is a paper folding technique that originated in Holland or the Netherlands.  Color coordinated strips of folded paper are placed in layers over a pattern creating a spiral design that resembles the iris of an eye or a camera.  This Valentines Day Heart Iris Folding project uses shades of pink, cream, and lavender strips to create an iris design in the center of a heart cut out.  The paper strips can be any type of paper but I find that light weight origami papers work best for layering without being too bulky.

Heart iris folding project

Heart Iris Folding Project


Heart iris folding project

  • 3 different color origami papers. I chose pink, cream, and lavender
  • 1 piece of scrapbook paper or card stock in a coordinating color or pattern
  • X-Acto knife
  • Personal paper cutter
  • Scotch tape
  • Picture frame

Heart iris folding pattern

Print out the Heart Iris Folding Project template. Cut out the heart and the pattern guide. Trace the heart pattern on the reverse of the scrapbook paper. Cut out the heart carefully so you don’t cut through the outside border. Tape the heart template inside the open area of the scrapbook paper as shown.

Heart iris folding pattern


Valentine heart iris folding

Cut the origami papers into strips 1 1/2″ wide and then fold each in half to be 3/4″ wide.  Carefully arrange each layer of strips starting with Color A, going to Color B, then ending with Color C.  Tape each strip in place carefully according to the pattern.

Heart iris folding pattern

Turn over.  Carefully cut the scrapbook paper to fit your picture frame.

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January 10, 2013

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  1. Rose Powell

    January 10th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    That’s pretty neat. Perfect colors for a baby’s room!

  2. Jamie

    January 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    What a neat idea – artwork from simple things. Great post!! Pinned!!

  3. diane

    January 10th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    That is really pretty. You have a lot more patience than I do!

  4. Denise Seegobin

    January 10th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This is really lovely

  5. Mag@GirlyCreation

    January 10th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Great idea from scratch.

  6. Raising Dick and Jane

    January 11th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Pretty! I have wanted to try this.

  7. Debbie Mitchell

    January 11th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    As I told you earlier this week, I am craft challenged so I admire and love to see how talented other people can be.

    This is very cool Ellen!

  8. Rachee

    January 11th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    What a cool idea! I’ve got to figure a way to modify for my tween and my littles at work.