How To Cut And Assemble A Square Layered Mandala

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Two layered square mandalas.  There is a plain white mandala and the same pattern in blues and white in a shadowbox frame.

Layered mandalas continue to be very popular in craft groups. They’re beautiful, look so complicated, yet are really an easy project to complete and they look AMAZING!

It’s been over a year since I designed my first layered mandala. In that time, I’ve created many patterns, and designs with the concept as I find it so relaxing. Creating these designs together is a bit like doing a puzzle.

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How To Cut And Assemble A Square Layered Mandala

How To Cut And Assemble A Square Layered Mandala

Yield: One gorgeous square Layered Mandala
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy


    1. Grab the free Square Layered Mandala SVG Cut File Upload my layered mandala SVG into Cricut Design Space. Once uploaded to Design Space, your screen should look like this.

      Are you new to working with Cricut and need help with how to upload cut files? How To Upload SVG Files In Cricut Design Space post will provide step-by-step directions on how to upload SVGs to Design Space.

      If using a frame or shadowbox, measure the inside of the frame to determine the cut size. I used an 8"x8" frame and cut the mandala at 7.5" square to fit just inside the frame insert. Leave all layers grouped to resize. They'll then stay in the right proportions.
    2. On the design canvas screen, you can play with how the project will look by changing layer colors to match your material. When you're happy with the colors, click "Make It". You then be taken to the prepare mat screen.

      In this step, select the size of the paper or material you'll cut.

    3. Set Base Material Next, you're ready to select your base material.

      For my project, I used 65lb. cardstock from Recollections. I set it to cut on Medium Cardstock setting at default pressure. My blade is getting worn. When new, I have great luck cutting 65lb. cardstock on the light cardstock setting. Cut settings will depend on your machine, age/use of your blade, and material being cut. It's always a good idea to test cut a small sample if you're unsure.
    4. Prepare Mat Now that the project is set up in Cricut Design Space, it's time to focus our attention on preparing the mat.

      I always recommend using a brayer to firmly attach the paper to the mat. This greatly reduces tears while cutting.
    5. After the cut Once each layer is cut, it's time to remove the paper from the mat.

      It's best to turn the mat upside down so that your material is flat against your work surface. Gently bend the mat back, away from the material, and use your other hand to keep the paper flat to the work surface. This prevents curling.

    6. Assemble Layers Once all layers are cut, it's time to put them together. I started with the very top layer. Because it is so thin, I choose to use spray adhesive to attach the first layer to the second layer.

      I use a small old box and place the layer in the bottom, then spray. This method helps contain the overspray and keeps the mess to a minimum.
    7. Remaining layers Set the top to layers aside to give the adhesive a few minutes to dry. I then focused my attention on the bottom layers and worked my way up. I placed foam tabs and micro-size foam tabs around the backside of each of the layers and continued to stack them on top of each other.

      Place the tabs evenly around the back of each layer so that the tabs support each area. This will prevent sagging in the middle of the project.
    8. Once all layers have been attached, you may either frame the mandala or use my free Easel Stand to prop up the mandala.

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  1. Dear Gjoa, Thank you for all the designs you share with us. This tile go to my 90 year old aunty, she will love it.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Greetings from Holland

  2. Simply beautiful! Where do you get your frames? What size are they? It fits perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hello! The frame in the photo is an 8″x8″ shadow box that I purchased at Michaels. I cut the mandala at 7.5″ square.

  3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design, your designs create keepsakes to treasure. Thank you again!

  4. Thank you so much. I’ve been wanting to make an 8″ mandala, this one is perfect.
    Thank you for all you do.

  5. I downloaded the SVG zip file and the only file in there is labeled a Microsoft Edge HTML Document. There are no jpg or other files. There isn’t anything to open. I downloaded the square layered mandala and the layered sunflower. Any suggestions?

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