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:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- 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
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- 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.
Glue – Either a polymer based glue or a hot glue gun works.
- Art Glitter Glue – All-purpose non-toxic polymer glue with a fine tip, dries fast with minimal paper warping.
- Hot Glue Gun – My favorite cordless hot glue gun, an essential for fast petal to petal gluing
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.