These diagrams will show you how to make a traditional origami iris. This will require a little bit of origami experience and the model begins with a frog base. If you’re new to paper folding we definitely recommend that you review our Beginner’s Guide first to learn all the basic folds and techniques.

Iris Step 1

Step 1) Fold and unfold the paper in half both ways.

Iris Step 2

Step 2) Turn the paper over.

Iris Step 3

Step 3) Fold and unfold the paper in half both ways.

Iris Step 4

Step 4) Close the paper up into a Square Base using the existing creases.

Iris Step 5

Step 5) Open up one of the flaps on the top and Squash Fold it flat.

Iris Step 6

Step 6) Fold the flaps over to get access to the other 3 flaps and Squash Fold each of them like you did in step 5.

Iris Step 7

Step 7) Make a Petal Fold along the dotted lines.

Iris Step 8

Step 8) Make another Petal Fold just like in step 7 on the other 3 sections of the model.

Iris Step 9

Step 9) Fold the top flap of paper up along the dotted line, then repeat on the other 3 sections.

Iris Step 10

Step 10) Fold both sides in to the centre along the dotted lines, then repeat on the other 3 sections.

Iris Step 11

Step 11) Fold the four flaps of paper at the top down to form the iris petals while opening up the model to a 3D shape.

Iris Step 12

The complete iris

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