School Themed 3D Layered Alphabet

Create a layered alphabet mandala With This Free SVG Cut File and Step-by-Step Tutorial

Download this free school-themed ABC layered letters SVG file and create something fun for students or teachers using a Cricut, cardstock, or adhesive. 

It’s that time of year again when summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school.  I still can’t believe just how quickly the summer flew by!

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a layered alphabet letter A.

I designed this School-Themed 3D Layered Alphabet cut files with both teachers and students in mind. Included with each latter is an apple as well as a ruler, pencil, crayon, or stack of books.

If you’re a teacher, this design is perfect to make your own DIY classroom decorations spelling out your name to place on the wall or make a Welcome Back message for your new students, even if it’s in the background on a Zoom call.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a layered letter A.

I’m using this design to decorate my kid’s learning space with their names above their desks.  It’s also the perfect design to add to a card to commemorate the special day.

DIY Layered Alphabet

Create Your Own School Themed 3D Layered Alphabet Letter with this Step-by-Step Tutorial

For this project, you need:

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a Cricut Explore, cardstock, and a Cricut cutting board.

Click Here to Download the FREE ABC Cut Files!

Click here to purchase the ENTIRE alphabet cut files.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a layered letter A mandala.

Step 1 – Upload SVG File to Design Space

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Design Space.

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Design Space.

Click “Upload Image.”

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Design Space.

Click “Browse.”

Layered Alphabet 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.  

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Design Space.

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

Layered Alphabet 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.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Design Space.

Step 2 – Resize Design

Resize the mandala to your desired size. 

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Design Space.

This brings you to the preview screen. 

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut Design Space.

Click “Continue.”

Layered Alphabet 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.

Layered Alphabet 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. 

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman peeling the plastic covering off of a Cricut cutting board.

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

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

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a circuit cutting board in a circuit explore.

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a circuit cutting board in a circuit explore.

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman peeling a circuit cutting board off of a cardstock design.

Step 4 – Assemble Layered Mandala

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

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.

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 bottom to top how the layers should be placed.

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of letter A cutouts.

Using craft glue or foam adhesive attach the layers together from back to front.

Begin by placing foam adhesive or craft glue on the back of the 4th layer. Line it up with the base layer and press it in place.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling a letter a mandala.

Next, place foam adhesive or craft glue on the back of the 3rd layer. Line it up with your base layer and press it in place.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling a letter a mandala.

Then, place foam adhesive or craft glue on the back of the 2nd layer. Line it up with your base layer and press it in place.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling a letter a mandala.

Finally, place foam adhesive or craft glue on the back of your top layer. Line it up with your base and press it in place.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling a letter a mandala.

Now you have this adorable layered alphabet mandala. 

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a letter A mandala.

Layered designs aren’t just for paper.  Use layered designs with other types of materials like heat-transfer vinyl, permanent vinyl, window cling, and more.

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a letter A mandal in a white picture frame.
  • Shadow boxes for wall decor
  • Wall decals
  • Pennant banners
  • Iron-on vinyl decorative throw pillow
  • Iron-on vinyl t-shirt
  • Stickers
  • Greeting cards
  • Decorations
  • Coffee mugs
Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a pink t-shirt with the word 'teach' on it.

Get the entire alphabet HERE!

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

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

Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: Pinterest image of layered mandalas.
Layered Alphabet by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: Pinterest image of letter A mandala.

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

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