Mandala designs are pretty amazing. They are both beautiful to look at and fun to weed but have you ever tried to make one yourself? It’s not the easiest thing to do so today I’m going to show you how to make a mandala design in Cricut Design Space. Now these aren’t true mandalas because they don’t have the same repeating patterns but they’ll do in a pinch and they’re just as pretty.
In order to make these mandala designs you’ll need to choose your theme. For mine I went with flowers but you can do anything you want. You could make a mandala design with a Christmas theme and do snowflakes or Christmas trees. You could make a Disney themed mandala design and use Mickey and Minnie heads. It’s really up to you what theme you go with but the basic steps are the same.
Choose your main shape. This is the shape you will be cutting your smaller theme (mandala) from. In my example I went with the word “HOPE” but you can choose whatever you want. Like if you’re doing Christmas maybe you want a large Christmas tree to be the main shape of your mandala design. Once you have the shape picked out either upload a SVG of that shape into Design Space or create it on your own.
Upload your theme SVG’s into Design Space. Since I went with flowers I got a few different flower SVG’s and uploaded them into Design Space. You’ll want to have different sizes and you’ll want some to be solid and some to be hollow. If you can’t find a mix of solid and hollow shapes don’t worry too much. I’ll show you how to contour and change a solid to a hollow and vice versa.
Arrange your smaller shapes into your larger main shape placing them however you’d like. You’ll probably want to duplicate several times and rotate and resize things to get it looking right. The video above shows you how to do it all and shows you how to use the contour tool to make hollow or solid shapes.
Now that you have all your smaller shaped filling your main shape and they’re all placed where you want them you’ll need to “hide” the larger main shape or just move it out of the way. Once it is hidden or moved you will drag a box around all of your smaller shapes and then “weld” them together. Once they are welded together (make sure you use weld and not attach) unhide your main shape and then drag another box around everything so that both your main shape and your welded little shapes are selected.
With everything selected you’ll “slice” the little shapes out of the larger main shape. Removed the unwanted parts until all that’s left is the mandala type design you just created. That’s all there is to it. You just make your own mandala design in Cricut Design Space.
Check out this tutorial to see how I got the shadow layer behind my word “HOPE”.