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Layered Merry Christmas Banner hanging from shelf with coat hooks.

After the Layered Mandala Thanksgiving Banner was so well received, I received multiple requests for a Christmas version. Since I love designing and working with the layered mandalas, I couldn’t say no.

Look how cute it turned out! I’ve hung my banner from a shelf in my entry way that is really more decorative than practical.

Close up of Layered Merry Christmas Banner with twine and wood beads.

I did not have enough time this week to create an assembly video for the banner, but you will find brief directions below. The banner can be assembled in the same manner as my Layered Mandala Alphabet and I do have a process video in that post if you’re new to this type of project.

I don’t mind if you use these designs for personal or small business commercial use up to 200 items, but please do not re-sell or re-distribute the files. I’d ask that you direct your crafty friends here to download the files themselves.  Also, I don’t allow my designs to be used in print-on-demand shops or on transfers that will be sold. Click HERE for complete Terms of Service.

  • 65 lb Cardstock – I used 8.5×11 Recollections Cardstock from the Poinsettia pack and added one layer of green instead of gray. Six sheets of red, four brown, and three each of white and green. If cut on 12×12 paper, the whole banner could be cut on 12 sheets of paper (as sized).
  • Christmas Twine – I picked up this red and white twine at my local Michael’s.
  • Wood Beads
  • Elmers Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Foam tabs 
  • Brayer
  • Light grip mat (blue light grip)
  • Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine.
  • Design #110 – Layered Merry Christmas Banner SVG – The free cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).


Download the free SVG from my Freebie Vault. Unzip the download folder, then upload the SVG to Design Space. If you need help with how to upload, click here.

I saved this design a couple of ways (all in SVG format). The full banner with all 14 letters is one download. You’ll also find a folder with the SVG saved in 3 parts. This is to ease the overwhelm of all the various layers and help my friends with Brother Scan N Cut who need a design all on a 12×12″ mat for ease of use.

The banner in my photo was cut with each letter section measuring 3.499″x5.087″. If you need to resize your banner, I recommend doing so while the section is grouped so that all layers stay in the correct proportions.

When cutting the Recollections paper on my Maker, I use the light cardstock cut setting with the paper on a light blue mat.

Using a brayer to adhere the cardstock to the mat will help reduce tears while cutting.

To remove the paper from the mat without tearing or curling, turn the mat upside down on your work surface and gently bend the mat away from the paper while keeping the paper as flat as possible on your table.

Make sure when cutting the top layer not to throw out the center of the letters R and A. You’ll want to glue them to the second layer.

Because the top layer is so thin, I use spray adhesive to attach the top to the second layers.

For all layers below the top, foam tabs were my choice of adhesive. I then strung the banner pieces together using Christmas twine and wood beads for dividers.

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DOWNLOAD my Layered Merry Christmas SVG Cut file by entering the password to my Freebie Vault. Click HERE to go to the freebie vault, my library of free downIoads. To sign up for a password to my free designs, enter your name and email address below. ⬇️

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  1. This is exactly what I hoped to do with my new Cricut a year ago, and you make these projects fast and EZ.

    Thanks from a newbie!

  2. Hi There,
    Thanks you for all the wonderful designs that you share with us. I love the Merry Christmas banner however, I am not able to open the whole banner svg. When I open it, I only get the letters MERCHS. The rest of the letters are not visible. Not sure why that’s happening. I have never had trouble opening any of your files before.

    Can you help me?

    1. In a screen viewer (outside of your cutting machine) you’ll only be able to see those letters. Once you upload to Design Space or Silhouette Studio, all of the letters will appear.

    1. Hi Julia,
      I will depend on the size you make the banner and size paper you plan to use. If you make it the same size I did, one banner can be made with 12 sheets of 12×12′ paper or 16 sheets of 8.5×11″ paper.

  3. Thank you for this beautiful banner! Mine is cutting right now and I can’t wait to put it together! Question – did you string the banners separately then attach them at the ends or is it one continuous piece of string? I got the red and white from Michael’s, too!

  4. I have downloaded the christmas banner and there is nothing in the folder. Only a Masocx folder then in that its a 12×12 folder and nothing

    1. Hi Tracy,
      There are SVG files in both the base folder and the 12×12 folder. If you’re on a windows computer, it may be a setting in your system that is making the SVG appear as if it’s an HTML, Chrome or Microsoft Edge icon. Let me know if you still have trouble.

  5. Yea! All the layers are cut and ready to assemble! It’s going to look fabulous hanging above the fireplace mantle! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful design!

  6. Love this one and the Thankful one! So much so that I’d love to make a Valentines ‘Be Mine’ one too.
    Do you sell the alphabet banner letters anywhere or have them available for download? I’ve tried, but I guess I’m not that crafty and cannot figure out how to do it on my own.
    Thanks so much!!!

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