Paper Buttercup Flower

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The common buttercup is actually part of the ranunculus flower family but looks nothing like their other multiple petal layered cousin.

I guess if you look closely at the stamen of the buttercup, it looks like a bunch of underdeveloped petals so, from that perspective, I could see a connection.

I mostly just want to wanted to do another project in this flower family so I probably spelling the word “ranunculus” over and over and again because I can’t seem to remember the sequence of n’s and u’s for the life of me.

My son is learning sight words in school right now and I get frustrated at him because he can’t seem to remember the simplest of words. I probably should be too hard on him given my spelling abilities have regressed to a second-grade level with all this auto-correct and grammar checks in every device I use. (You’ll have to excuse all the grammatical errors in my tutorials, I’m just mostly too tired to prioritize this above just getting the article out. I will eventually get around to correcting everything.)

But I digress…

Back to buttercups. This paper flower was incredibly easy to make, you really can’t mess it up. It’s simple but quite cute, just like the real thing.

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Materials for Paper Buttercup

Cardstock – I used a medium weight (65lb) cardstock for this project. Here are some of my favorite brands:

Glue – I like tacky glue but a glue gun works too

Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.

Template – This buttercup template is available in both SVG and printable format for free in my resource library.

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    How to assemble a paper buttercup

    Step 1: Cut all the petals and layers from the template

    I used my Cricut with the blue light grip mat for this project.

    The default template makes a flower that is about 3 inches wide which I know is way bigger than the real thing but I injured my thumb the other day and had trouble making it smaller. You will have to resize it for a smaller more realistic flower.

    Step 2: Curl the petals

    For the individual petals, I just rolled the out edge inward with a pen. I then curled the base with a scraper.

    For the stamen layers, I used a scraper to curl the outer edges. Be sure to hold base of the petal firm as you are doing this or you risk pulling the petal off altogether.

    Step 3: Glue the petals in place

    I included an octagon shape for a reference base to keep the petals aligned.

    After gluing the petals, I just glue each stamen layer on top of each other.

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    One thought on “Paper Buttercup Flower”

    1. Wendy Meldrum says:

      In order to receive your free svg file I need the password to your resource library. Your flowers are beautiful.

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