USA Flag SVG | Patriotic Mandala Shadowbox Project for Cricut

Created on:

July 8, 2023

Updated on:

February 8, 2024

Written by Kelsey Sergi

Are you a fan of patriotic crafts? Do you own a Cricut machine and love creating intricate designs? In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a stunning layered mandala paper craft featuring the United States of America flag using your Cricut.

I'll guide you through the process, providing helpful tips and utilizing a free USA flag SVG file, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable crafting experience. Let's dive in and unleash your creativity while celebrating the red, white, and blue!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before we start, make sure you have the necessary materials on hand. Here's what you'll need:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cutting mats - I suggest multiple if possible!
  • Cardstock in various colors - I used red, white, and blue in textured and glitter!
  • Adhesive - I suggest foam tape but you can also use craft glue. I am using cubies by Bearly Arts. I use both the strips and the cubes. Foam tape also comes in all sorts of heights so keep in mind how this will affect your project.
how to align foam tape onto the back of the mandala pieces

Step 2: Prepare Your Cricut Machine

You can download the free SVG file here along with 29 more free shadowbox/mandala SVG files. You can learn how to download here for desktop and here for iPad/iPhone. Please remember to sign up for my newsletter below to grab the password to the vault for even MORE free projects.

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Ensure your Cricut machine is set up and connected to your computer. Launch the Cricut Design Space software and import the USA Flag SVG file by following these steps:
1. Click on "New Project" in the Design Space.
2. Click on "Upload" in the left-hand panel.
3. Select "Upload Image" and browse for the downloaded SVG file.
4. Click on "Save" and then "Insert Image" to add it to your canvas.

Scroll down to the bottom of this blog post for more free patriotic SVG files from my crafty friends.

Step 3: Customize and Arrange the Design

cricut design space set up of the 3d layered mandala poject

Once the SVG file is added to your canvas, you can customize it to suit your preferences. Adjust the size of the design if necessary. I cut mine to about 8 inches wide so it would fit into an 8x8 shadowbox. You can also experiment with different colors for the mandala layers to add a personal touch to your creation. Since this is a patriotic themed SVG file, I kept mine red white and blue!

Step 4: Prepare and Cut the Cardstock

Place the cardstock onto your cutting mat, ensuring it is smooth and free from wrinkles. Load the mat into your Cricut machine and follow the on-screen prompts to initiate the cutting process. Make sure you select the appropriate material settings for cardstock to achieve clean and precise cuts. I almost always cut my cardstock on medium cardstock setting on fast mode. Please do test cuts if you are uncertain. Your pressure and blade are different than mine!

Step 5: Assemble the Layers

Once the cutting is complete, carefully remove the cardstock from the cutting mat. Use a weeding tool or tweezers to remove any excess paper or intricate details from the design. Take your time to avoid damaging delicate pieces.

Step-by-step assembly of the USA flag layered mandala paper craft with patriotic colors.

Next, layer the different cardstock pieces to create the desired 3D effect. Working from the bottom up, layer them first before using your tape or glue. Apply adhesive on the next piece to be laid this way you can work around any holes in the paper - be as generous as you can) to each layer and align them according to the design. Press gently to secure the layers together, working from the bottom up. You can also use glue but keep in mind the 3D effect will be lessened.

Step 6: Add Finishing Touches

Once all the layers are assembled, step back and admire your beautiful USA flag layered mandala paper craft. You can choose to frame it, mount it on a canvas, or use it as a centerpiece for your patriotic celebrations. Let your creativity shine! My shadowbox doesn't have glass in it right now so I am working from the front!

framing the 3D Mandala into a shadow box

Crafting a layered mandala paper craft with a Cricut machine allows you to unleash your creativity while celebrating your love for the United States of America. By following this step-by-step guide and utilizing the provided USA flag SVG file, you can create a stunning and patriotic masterpiece. Remember to experiment with different colors and personalize the design to make it uniquely yours. Enjoy the process and proudly display your handmade USA flag mandala with pride!

If you're looking for even more free layered shadowbox or mandala SVG files check out 30 free files here!

Stay Crafty!

Want more patriotic SVG Files? Check out these 20 free files from my crafty friends!

21 free patriotic themed svg files for cricut

Land of the Free Rhinestone SVG | Abbi Kirsten Collections

American Flag Smiley Face SVG | Persia Lou

America | Brooklyn Berry Designs

Miss Independent American Flag Heart SVG | The Listed Home

Land That I Love Patriotic Truck | Hello Creative Family

America Cowboy Hat | Like Love Do

USA Vibes Banner | Little Miss Eden Rose

Party in the USA | The Denver Housewife

Floral USA SVG | 100 Directions

Patriotic Home is Where My Heart Is | The Quiet Grove

Patriotic Bow | Kiy's Craftroom

God Shed His Grace On Thee | Crafty Life Mom

American Flag Heart | Artsy-Fartsy Mama

All American | Liz on Call

1776 with Stars | Simple Made Pretty

Patriotic Layered Card | The Bearded Housewife

Layered Star Wreath | Extraordinary Chaos

America the Beautiful Patriotic SVG | Sunshine and Munchkins

America Marquee | Crafting in the Rain

1776 | Tried & True Creative

Kelsey Sergi - the owner and crafter at Dinosaur Mama.

Hi crafters! I'm Kelsey and I am here to bring you new original craft projects and free SVG files for your cutting machines every week!

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