DIY Layered Alphabet Mandala

Create a Layered Card Stock Alphabet Mandala With This Free SVG Cut File and Step-by-Step Tutorial

Looking for kid’s home decor ideas you can make with your cutting machine?  This 8-layer Alphabet Layered Mandala is easy and fun to make.

After moving into our new house, I wanted to create a space for my kids that is dedicated to learning and being creative. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a layered alphabet mandala.

I designed this DIY Alphabet Mandala as a fun and easy way to personalize decor. This 8 layer mandala can be personalized with your child’s first initial and favorite color. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a layered alphabet mandala.

Put this mandala into a shadow box to create an easy, cute wall decoration. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a layered alphabet mandala in a shadow box picture frame that's on a mini wooden easel next to a white desk lamp, lavender plant and colored pencils.

DIY Alphabet Mandala

Create a DIY Alphabet Mandala in this Step-by-Step Tutorial

For this project, you need:

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a circuit explore, purple cardstock, and circuit cutting board.

Click Here to Download the FREE Cut Files!

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a  alphabet mandala cut file.

Step 1 – Upload SVG File to Design Space

Open Cricut Design Space and click the + to create a new project.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

In the Design Panel on the left, select “Upload.”

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Click “Upload Image.”

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Click “Browse.”

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Navigate to the file on your device to upload it to Cricut Design Space.  Select the file and click “Open.”

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Here you can change the name and add tags. Click “Save.”

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Once you have the file uploaded, select it and click “Insert Images” to bring it onto your canvas.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Step 2 – Select Initial and Resize Design

Click “Ungroup” at the top of the Layers Panel. This ungroups the two sets of letters from the mandala. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Choose which letter you’d like to use and delete or hide the rest. You can hide letters by clicking the eye to the right of each element in the layers panel. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Resize the mandala to your desired size. 

Resize the letter to your desired size. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Now you’re ready to cut the design! Click “Make It” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

This brings you to the preview screen. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Click “Continue.”

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

Now it’s time to connect to your machine and select your material.  For all of my layered designs, I use the Cardstock (for intricate cuts) setting.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut design space.

This setting along with a clean, sticky mat ensures a nice, clean-cut.

Ensure your Fine-Point Blade is loaded into your machine. 

Step 3 – Cut Out Design

Peel the clear liner away from your mat. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman pulling the clear cover off her Cricut cutting board.

Following Design Space’s prompts, place your first color of cardstock on your mat. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman placing cardstock on a Cricut cutting board.

Press the load button to load the mat into your machine. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman using a Cricut Explore.

Begin the cut. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut Explore.

Once your first cut is complete, unload the mat. 

Continue to load, cut, and unload the rest of the cuts until you have all of the elements cut out. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut Explore.

Pro Tip – Carefully peel your mat away from the cardstock to avoid tearing or rolling your cardstock. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman peeling a circuit cutting board away from her layered alphabet mandala design.

Step 4 – Assemble Layered Mandala

After you cut the design, use the foam adhesive and/or craft glue to put it together. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling her layered alphabet mandala.

Pro Tip – It’s best to use the adhesive in the same spot on each layer to get an even rise and 3D layered look.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling her layered alphabet mandala.

For this project, I used adhesive foam and craft glue since I wanted my mandala to have a little bit of pop, but not be too thick. 

Cricut Design Space doesn’t cut out the layers in order so it can get confusing to piece together. Head back to Design Space to see the layers as a reference for how to put them together.

The image below shows you from top to bottom how the layers should be placed.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of layered alphabet mandala pieces.

Begin by placing your layers out in front of you in order. 

Using craft glue or foam adhesive attach the layers together.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling her layered alphabet mandala.

Line each layer up and press it in place. 

Now you have this adorable layered alphabet mandala. 

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling her layered alphabet mandala.

Looking for more mandalas? Check out my other mandalas HERE.

Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: collage image of layered mandalas.
Alphabet Mandala by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: Pinterest image of a layered alphabet mandala.

Do you have any questions about this layered alphabet mandala? Let me know in a comment below!

2 thoughts on “DIY Layered Alphabet Mandala”

  1. Thank you for the Alphabet mandala and the birthday cake mandala. They are so cute! However, I cannot find the Pinterest button to save the tutorials. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Pam

  2. I just love this tutorial, you actually show where to find all the items that need to be clicked to make it all happen. Thank you for all the screen shots! I have not even taken my maker out of the box yet, until I make a place to work with it. I just keep reading everyone’s tutorials and write down the best ones to go back to when I finally get to use it. Meanwhile I am downloading some SVGs to use also. Thanks again! Enjoy your summer!

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