It’s amazing what you can do with a few sheets of cardstock and your Cricut! This gorgeous Christmas mandala is designed to look like a vintage Christmas ornament.
Ready for another decor project for the 25 Days of Cricut Christmas? We’re on Day 20 and today we’re making a layered Christmas mandala designed to look like a retro Christmas ornament!
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These layered mandalas are super trendy to make with your Cricut right now, and you can see why! It’s amazing to see a few sheets of cardstock and some adhesives come together to make something so intricate. This mandala is beautiful hung from a little hook on the wall, framed, or even make two and put them back to back to create an even more 3D effect.
Today’s file was designed by my friend Maggie Klaassens of Maggie Rose Design Co. She’s an expert at these sorts of projects. If you’re loving layered mandalas and other layered SVGs, you need to head on over and see all of her files!
Christmas Mandala Supplies
- Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
- Blue LightGrip mat
- Fine Point Blade
- Cardstock in five colors
- Glue stick
- Adhesive Micro-Dots (optional)
- Christmas mandala SVG file
Grab the SVG for this Project
Christmas Mandala Directions
Upload the Christmas Mandala File Cricut Design Space
We will start by uploading the Christmas Mandala file to Cricut Design Space (see Uploading SVG Files to Cricut Design Space if you need help).
Resize the file for however you’re going to use the mandala. This mandala is pretty intricate, so I suggest not making it any smaller than 5″ tall—your Cricut will struggle to cut the smallest holes if you make it any smaller. I made mine 7″ tall. You can also change the colors if desired.
You’re ready to make the mandala! Click Make It in the upper right. In the Prepare Screen you’ll see all of your mats. Click continue.
Cut Your Cardstock for Your Christmas Village
On the Make Screen, you’ll set your material. I like using the “Cardstock – Intricate Cuts” setting for this project. A new blade is also helpful here—lots of tiny cuts!
Cut all the layers of the project. To remove the project from the mat, flip the mat over and carefully peel the mat away from the paper, using your hand to keep the paper flat on the table. Go slowly and make sure that all of the pieces of the mandala are releasing from the mat as you go.
Assemble the Christmas Mandala
Here are all the pieces of the mandala. You are going to stack them starting with the white piece at the bottom, and working from left to right.
For this mandala, I’ve alternated using glue and micro adhesive dots. Here’s how I alternated them (from top to bottom, left to right in the above photo):
- Light green piece on white piece: glue stick
- Pink piece on light green piece: adhesive dots
- Red piece on pink piece: glue stick
- Light green piece on pink piece: glue stick
- Dark green piece on light green piece: adhesive dots
- Pink piece on dark green piece: glue stick
- Red piece on pink piece: adhesive dots
- Pink piece on red piece: glue stick.
You can also choose to use zero adhesive dots and have a flat mandala (much easier and faster) or you can add the adhesive dots for every layer.
Once you’ve added all your layers together, let dry and your mandala is done!
CHRISTMAS MANDALA – RETRO ORNAMENT
- Cricut Explore or Maker
- Green StandardGrip Mat
- Cardstock various colors
- Glue stick
- Micro adhesive dots
- Upload the mandala file to Cricut Design Space and resize.
- Cut all the layers on your Cricut.
- Use a glue stick and adhesive dots to assemble the mandala.
- Let the glue dry and hang!
Make All the 25 Days of Cricut Christmas Projects!
We’ll be adding links as each day goes live! Grab the full bundle with all of the projects and SVGs in our 25 Days of Cricut Christmas eBook!
- Day 1: DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar
- Day 2: Snow Globe Shaker Card
- Day 3: Happy Holly Days Christmas Banner
- Day 4: Felt Gnome Pillow
- Day 5: Cookies for Santa Tray
- Day 6: Snowflake Coasters
- Day 7: Customized Christmas Banner
- Day 8: Etched Holiday Baking Dish
- Day 9: DIY Gift Card Holder
- Day 10: Christmas Apron
- Day 11: Christmas Quilt Block Artwork
- Day 12: Constellation Glitter Ornaments
- Day 13: DIY Christmas Card Holder
- Day 14: Papercut Christmas Village
- Day 15: Funny Christmas Socks
- Day 16: Veneer Pinecone Earrings
- Day 17: How to Make Felt Bows
- Day 18: Personalized Santa Sacks
- Day 19: Newborn Footprint Ornaments
- Day 20: Layered Christmas Mandala
- Day 21: Customized Pot Holders
- Day 22: Sleigh Rides Christmas Sign
- Day 23: Hot Cocoa Mug Gift
- Day 24: Print then Cut Gift Tags
- Day 25: Matching Christmas Pajamas