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:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – I like tacky glue but a glue gun works too
Template – This buttercup template is available in both SVG and printable format for free in my resource library.
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.