Learning how to make a 3D multilayered mandala on your Cricut is really easy! Use my free SVG file to try it out at home.
I first saw 3D mandalas in some crafter groups that I am in. They are beautiful and becoming extremely popular but there weren’t a lot of designs to pick from. I thought it was time that I dust off my old drawing tablet and start creating.
These are really easy to put together and you only need cardstock, double-sided adhesive, and your Cricut machine.
My first design was actually a clock. I spent hours on it but once I cut it out, I learned a few things. One, my designs were far too complicated and ended up with pieces that were too small for my poor Cricut to cut out. And two, clocks were cool, but they weren’t really my style. I may revisit them someday.
With Easter coming up, I thought I would try making a mandala egg. I couldn’t find anything online so I started getting to work. My inspiration comes from stained glass art as well as this puzzle. (Which is beautiful and if you have kids that like Disney, this one is a keeper!)
But enough with my inspiration story. Let’s get to crafting.
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MATERIALS TO 3D MULTI-LAYER MANDALA
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (or Cricut Maker/Cricut Joy)
- Standard Grip Cutting mat (the 12″x 12″ size)
- Colourful cardstock (recommended weight: 65lb+)
- My free SVG design file (available in my free resource library – get the password by filling out the form on the sidebar or below).
HOW TO MAKE THE MANDALA
If you’d rather watch a video on how to make it step by step, take a look at this video here:
STEP 1: GET THE FREE SVG FILE
Get the free SVG design file from the free resource library.
STEP 2: UPLOAD YOUR DESIGN INTO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE
The file you want to upload ends with _combined.svg. In this case, we want to use egg_mandala_df_combined.svg.
Here is what your SVG cut file will look like when you upload it to Cricut Design Space:
The first thing we’ll want to do is resize it. I cut my egg using a width of 8″ which was perfect for an 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock.
You can also temporarily shrink it so you can see all of the details for the next step. Just don’t forget to resize it again to your cut size.
STEP 3: PICK YOUR COLOURS
It doesn’t look like much yet once you’ve resized it. But you can see that there are five layers in the right-hand panel called “Layers”.
Let’s start adding some colour.
Click on the cut layer then go to Linetype and change the colour.
Ah that’s better. Now we can see the pattern.
Do the same for all the other layers. I recommend picking colours that you have cardstock for. This will allow you to see exactly what the layers will look like when you cut them out and combine them.
What kind of fun colours did you end up with?
STEP 4: CUT IT OUT
When you are happy with your colours (make sure you have the cardstock ready), click “Make it“. The Cricut design space will sort the layers by colour and you can cut each layer out.
STEP 5: ASSEMBLE YOUR MANDALA
Using your double-sided adhesive squares, stick the layers together.
You’ve just created your 3D egg mandala! Feel free to frame it or use it for scrapbooking, to decorate baskets, etc.
I’d love to see what you create with it!
Please post it on social media using the hashtag #pwmandala
If you liked this mandala, I have other ones available in my Etsy store that you will love! I will also be releasing a mandala series called the Princess series. Follow me on Etsy to be notified of when they will be released!
Stay tuned and happy crafting!