The hellebore is such a cute and easy to make flower that is also super versatile for any paper flower artwork project or bouquet.
This particular paper flower is actually very similar in structure as the paper buttercup and magnolia flower but even easier to make.
It is also called the winter rose and belongs in the same Ranunculaceae family that the buttercup. (Try spelling that one over and over again.)
Hellebore flowers in the real world range from dusty red to almost a black red that reminds me of my favorite Chanel nail polish Vamp that goes back all the way to the 90’s.
I didn’t have either one of these in cardstock so I did the best I could with a maroon.
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Materials for Paper Hellebore
Cardstock – I would recommend medium weight cardstock with colored cores. It is an intricate cut and I find the textured cardstock sometimes doesn’t hold up. 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 – Either a polymer based glue or a hot glue gun works.
Templates – I’ve included the templates for this paper hellebore in both SVG and PDF formats for free in my resource library.
How to assemble the paper hellebore
Step 1: Cut out the templates
I like to use light grip blue mat for the petals and a standard grip mat for the center pieces that are a little more intricate. You can get away with a light grip mat for the center pieces if it is fresh and your blade is fresh but I’ve snagged the paper way too many times to go that route.
Step 2: Curl and loop the petals
I like to curl both set inwards for this flower. I use the softer side of my scraper to create a softer curl.
Glue the end tabs of the petal strip together to create a loop.
Step 3: Glue the base petal layers together
Be sure to offset the petals
Step 4: Glue the center pieces together
I like to just stack them on top of each over.
Step 5: Glue the center stack with the base petals
I like to apply a ring of glue around the center of the petals and then sort of push the center stack downwards. It creates a nice curvature to the whole thing.