The delicate and romantic ranunculus

Ranunculus is one of the most beloved flowers for many of you and for me, as well. It was one of the flowers I first learn how to make when I started my journey with paper flowers. It looks amazing in any bouquet and it’s a must have when it comes to wedding flowers.

I like to use the soft and thin 60 gr. Italian crepe paper to make these delicate flowers. I love to color the paper making a gradient from pale green to nude and light salmon pink. Then I double it, so I can have the same color on both sides of the petal.  The interesting part is when I have to cut dozens of petals, different sizes, from each color tone.  I like to cut them freehand because the shape is very easy. I store them in piles according to color and size… it’s imperative that I work like this, keeping everything tidy and neat, otherwise I would get lost in all the petals. Then, I cup each petal, one or two at a time. Depending on how many ranunculus I have to make, this process may take a few hours, even a day or two… a lot of patience is required but I always work with joy and excitement, hopping to achieve a lovely result.

“The evolution from simple crepe paper to coloring, cutting the petals and the final flower.”

Attaching the petals in swirls going round the flower center is my favorite part of this creative process, because I never know what to expect… the flowers may seem that they have similar shapes but if you look closer, each ranunculus tells its own story.

There is a lot I love about this flower: the mysterious center that looks like an eye, the small buds, the layers of petals that seem to never end, the irregular roundish shape and the fragile leaves, the variety in styles and coloring… I never say no when it comes to making this flower.

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  • Stepanie
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    February 21, 2024

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    • Christine
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      February 25, 2024

      Thank you so much Stepanie, I’m happy to hear that!

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