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Pictures just do not do this project justice. This week I spent all my designing time working on this eight layered mandala style flag. I wanted to create the flag in a way that didn’t distort the dimensions, but yet allowed for a bit of artistic flair.

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Download includes the “One Nation Under God” phrase as shown on photo above. I saved the lines separately so that they can be spaced appropriately for each project size.


  • Card stock – Recollections from Michaels in 65lb weight works perfect
  • Foam tabs – These foam tabs from Tombow are my absolute favorite. They’re thick enough to provide a good dimension to each project. The description is a bit deceiving as it states 50 tabs. In fact, there are 464 in the package, 50 large and 414 small sizes.
  • Adhesive Vinyl – For the lettering on glass
  • Glue or tape runner
  • Light grip mat (blue light grip) 
  • Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine.
  • Shadow Box Frame – In the photo above, I used an 11×14″ frame from Michaels.
  • Design #65 – Layered American Flag SVG – The free cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
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Photo above shows order of layers

After cutting all the layers, I started assembling by gluing the black frame border to the blue layer.

I then flipped the project over and placed foam tabs in the stars and around the edge. Next, layer the first red layer on top of the foam tabs.

For the fourth layer (white), I decided I didn’t like the amount of space between the blue stars and the white showing through, so I glued the white layer to the red to keep the white closer to the front. I choose to use a tape runner so that I didn’t have to wait for the glue to dry.

All remaining layers were place using foam tabs.


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This download includes the Layered American Flag and One Nation Under God phrase. Both files are in SVG and DXF formats.

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    1. Where do I locate the password to do the free American flag? I went through the whole page and registered with my name and email address

  1. The flag is so amazing! I am new to electronic cutting and all your designs are so cool. Thanks you for your generosity of offering so many free designs! Thank you for all the work you put into these. I can’t wait to give it a try!!! Blessings

  2. Hello ,
    I downloaded the One nation under God SVG and it says that will not open . Please help !!
    Thank you
    Ranee Seekamp

    1. Hi Ranee, Would you double check that the file has been unzipped? That message sometimes when it’s still in the zipped folder.


  3. OMG this is truly wonderful. My grandson just became an officer with the Army and I will make this and send to him. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. I have been trying to download the layered American flag cuticle for two days with no success. Could you please help me with this? I would like to make this for my father

    1. Hello Charene, Would you be able to provide more detail? Feel free to send me a screenshot too, that way I can pinpoint the issue. My email is [email protected]. If by chance, you’re on an iPhone and getting a “no internet connection” message. Click the 3 little dots in the top right corner. Then choose “open in safari”


  5. What setting should I cut this on? Also,
    I have 12×12 cardstock. Should I cut it down prior cutting it on the Cricut?

    1. The setting would depend on the weight of your cardstock. I used the light cardstock setting for the unframed flag. That one was cut on 65lb paper. The framed project was cut on 80lb paper and I used the medium card stock setting for that one. I don’t cut the card stock down prior to cutting, but I think some people recommend that to save stickiness of your mat.

      1. I would love to put this in a 11×14 shadow box for my dad. I’m wondering how big I should make it for the cut? Does anyone know? Thank you!!

        1. Hi Kelly, The photo of the framed flag on my blog post is 11×14 too. I cut the flag in that photo at 11.5″ wide.

  6. Once again thank you so much for all the layered cuts! You are so generous to share your hard work.

  7. Thank you soooo much for this. I’m still a Cricut newbie but you made these instructions so easy to follow. I put mine in a white framed shadow box so I did my lettering in black. It looks so professional. I did jump the gun and should have read your note about gluing the white to the red to make the white in the stars more prominent, but it’s okay, I still love it. Thank you again, I look forward to making more of your designs.

    1. Hi Kari,
      There’s a grey box right below the DOWNLOAD HERE headline. It asks that you agree to my Terms of Use (they can be found at the bottom of the website). Just check the button that you agree and then a DOWNLOAD button will appear.

  8. I have tried 3 different times to download the free Flag 8 layer design. I have a Lenovo PC that is not a year old. I am able to download, so says my Download file, but not able to pull up the individual pieces. I have tried, but unsure what is wrong. I am wanting to put this into my Silhouette Library. Help please. I added this to Pinterest the in May, but I am not enjoying your beautiful design.

    1. Hi Jane
      If you’re using Designer Edition or higher of Silhouette Studio, make sure you’re uploading the SVG format. You’ll be able to click the layers panel and see all layers and ungroup if necessary. The flag design can be a bit deceiving on screen as the layers line up to create the flag. Please feel free to outreach if you’re not able to access the layers using the SVG format.

  9. Gjoa – thank you so much for this mandala. I’m planning to make it for my dad for Father’s Day. A few quick questions before I start cutting. I understNd that you used the 11×14 shadow box from Michaels and used a mat. What size was the opening of the mat 8×10 or 8×12)? What was the measurement of the flag? Thanks, in advance, for your help and thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

      1. Ah! Okay … it looked like you may have used a photo mat. Thank you for the clarification!

  10. Hi!! Thank you for the free SVGs!! I have downloaded it from your link but it only shows DXF and no SVG. I clicked the terms box and hit download… is there another spot for the SVG file and not the DXF one??

    Thank you!!

  11. Oh my goodness! I just made this American flag and LOVE it!! I think I am going to color the sides of my foam squares, though, since they show so much!! I am now going to cut another one using pinks and blues for a more “shabby” look for my home!! You are so sweet to share your talents with all of us!!!!

    1. That font is one my favs. It’s Limon Script Bold version. It’s a paid font. If you’re looking to purchase, the font designer usually puts it on sale at a good discount around Black Friday.

  12. I really LOVE your flag design and I can’t wait to make it. I have two questions. #1 – I have downloaded the design, but the svg doesn’t show separate layers when I upload it into design space – What am I missing? #2- What size cardstock did you use? 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12? Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us! Your designs are inspiring!!

    1. Hi Marie,
      When you upload the SVG format to Design Space, it should show all the layers in the layers panel. You may need to click “ungroup” to be able to access the layers individually. As for paper, I cut the flag a couple times. The photos of the flag framed (11×14″ frame), I used 12×12 paper and cut that one at 11.5 inches wide. The unframed flag I cut on 8.5×11″ paper and that one sized at 10.5″ wide.

      1. Thank you so much! That helped a lot! I can’t wait to make it this weekend. Thanks again for sharing your talents with us!

  13. I love this file and was hoping to spin it out for Father’s Day. For anyone else trying to make it, I went by the numbered colors on the blog demo for what colors to load onto the mats. Heads up: don’t do that. That’s not how they are ordered to cut!

    1. Design Space most often reorders the mats based on color. If you follow the color of the material on the mat, it will work out. The image numbered is for assembling the layers.

  14. And, a second heads-up, if you write the colors down in the order they are on the home screen, they also don’t cut in that order. Follow the color that she puts them in on the actual cut screen. Attempt #3 (I hope I have enough paper after reducing the size!)

  15. I finished my flag and it is STUNNING! Thank you so much for sharing! (I didn’t have any black paper that was long enough so I used fabric. I used spray adhesive to secure it to the “mat”, then when I put the board in the frame, I taped the fabric down with double-sided tape.)

  16. Love the looks of everything you’ve done & posted. But once I download the design where on my phone or laptop would I find it to be able to work it up

    1. This is hard to answer without knowing which phone as there are so many. I know on my iPhone, they go into a download folder that I can access through “Files” folder.

  17. I love this one. I made it yesterday. It was my first layer. I didnt have the correct tabs so it’s not as 3d as it should be but my husband loved it. Thank you so much!!!!

  18. I absolutely love this and I am attempting to make it now. I say attempting because my machine is not cutting the stars properly. I’ve set it cardstock and even went into the intricate cut and the paper is still bunching up and not weeding right. Can you help!!!

    1. Hi Eileen,

      I’m not sure what machine you’re using, but I’ve had really good luck with the paper from Michael’s that is 65″ weight. I use the “light cardstock” setting on my Maker. You’ll want to make sure it’s stuck to the mat really well. Usually, when the paper is bunching up, it’s a mat issue.

      1. Took your advice and used different (better) card stock and a different mat and it worked beautifully! My very first one and so happy about it! Again, thank you so much for your help.

  19. Thank you for this and all the other files! When I saw this I knew I had to try to make it for my husband. Our anniversary is in October and this will be his gift!

  20. I did this today in honor of 911 . Your design is breathtaking and I can just see Old Glory waving .
    Thank you for inspiring me and others. You continue to amaze us .

  21. LOL – I might be the only guy on this page. I’m new to cricut projects and this was my first attempt at anything other than vinyl decals. I’m retired US Air Force and my wife is a 10 year Air Force Veteran as well. She found this on one of her pintrest sites and asked if I could make her one. While I’m not very creative on my own, I can absolutely follow directions! Once I got going, this was a great first project. I think it came out great and I even took your advice on the shadow box frame – although I did take some liberty with the wording.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. More importantly, thank you and your wife for your service. I’m so happy that she found the project for you to try. As for customizing with your own wording, that’s certainly part of the fun of crafting. ❤️

  22. I have my flag made! How do I mount it onto the shadowbox mat so it will stay in place? I know it is probably a crazy question. I don’t have my vinyl yet but when I get it completed I will post it on facebook. Thank you.

    1. How you mount the flag really depends on what you’re mounting it to. I mounted mine to a piece of thick cardstock cut to the size of the frame. I used the gorilla double-stick tape and it’s not moved.

  23. I just want to say thank you. In my family we have several men and women who have served including myself, my husband and our son and DIL are currently serving. I absolutely love this flag. It will look awesome on my wall where i have a flag quilt with everyone’s picture. thank you so much again

  24. I just stumbled onto your site!!! amazing to say the least. I am an Army Veteran and wanted to do the American Flag (file #65). When I download to my cricut design space it uploads in layers all black and the layers are not connected… for instance, layer 2 with the blue and the stars- all the stars cut separate…. Help

    1. Hi Stacy. First and foremost, thank you for your service! Especially as I type this, it’s Veteran’s Day. 🇺🇸🙏🏻
      As for the design, I have a feeling you may have uploaded the wrong file type for Cricut. Would you mind double-checking that you are using the SVG format version of the file? If that doesn’t resolve the issue, let me know and we’ll figure it out.

    1. Hi Samantha. All of my free downloads are kept in a library for my email subscribers. Near the bottom of the post is a place to enter your name and email and you’ll be provided a password to access the Freebie Vault.

  25. Thank you for sharing your creativity. New Cricut user: I just cut out the Flag. All of the pages cut beautifully. Do you have a recommendation for the foam square Tombow pads. I can’t find those anywhere. Is their another brand you use? I also saw your file for athe thin Blue Line Flag. We have new next door neighbor and the husband is a Police Officer and will be making one for him as part ofa Welcome to the neighborhood gift basket.

    1. Hi Suzi. I usually purchase the Tombow tabs on Amazon, unfortunately, I’ve never seen them at my local craft store. I have though used the foam tabs from Michael’s that are Recollections brand. They come in both square and round. They’d be my second choice. They’re just a bit thinner than the Tombow tabs. I love that you can use the thin Blue Line flag as a gift to a new neighbor. What a kind gesture. ❤️

  26. Hi what a beautiful flag. I uploaded into DS but the what should be white is grey in color. Should I cut in grey or change it to white? Thank you

    1. Good morning, I would cut it in white. I saved it in a light grey as it gets a bit lost on white screen background.

  27. Please advise where the download button is for this project. I have gone through the page numerous times and cannot see the “download here” option

  28. Thank you for this awesome flag! Since it’s in a 11×14 frame, can I ask what you used for the black background.

  29. I absolutely LOVE this design. I made it for my father for his 96 Birthday last November. He is a WWII Veteran and to say he LOVED it is an understatement! He showed everyone that came to the house and said that I made it. He passed away in January, so I am making some smaller ones to use as decorations at this Celebration of Life we are having for him in June. I Love your work! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m so sorry to hear of your father passing. Peace and prayers to you and your family.

  30. I have tried several times to download the flag file and have not been able to get it downloaded.

    1. Good morning Edith, Could you provide more information? Are you accessing the download link in my freebie vault under design #65?

  31. Just had to let you know that I have now finished 2 of these American Flag mandalas. I made one for myself and one for my son-in-law who is in the Air Force. He loved it! And so do I!

    Thank you for sharing.

  32. I just made this, I cried after it was mounted and hung on the wall. It’s truly gorgeous and I can’t thank you enough for your kindness in sharing this file. Thank you, & Happy 4th! -Shannon

  33. Thank you so much for sharing all your beautiful designs. I can’t wait to make the Layered American Flag. I like to put magnets on the back of the designs and put them on my locker at work for the holidays. This will be a great summer design!

  34. Absolutely gorgeous! This truly is more beautiful once made than pictured. Thank you for the picture showing the order of the layers – and clear directions – very helpful.

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