Poinsettia Flower Mandala Christmas Cards Tutorial

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Making DIY layered poinsettia mandala Christmas cards is easy with my tutorial! You can create 3D cards that will bring Christmas cheer to everyone’s celebration!

Poinsettia Mandala Christmas Cards

Recently I shared my 3D sunflower mandala tutorial and how to display the mandalas on a canvas. These tutorials kicked off a mandala theme in my studio, and I decided to create a poinsettia mandala and use the flower for a custom Christmas card craft!

This tutorial will teach you how to layer any mandala together and turn it into a Christmas card craft that you can gift to a loved one this holiday season.

I have card templates available or you can create your own using the shapes or images in Design Space. If you are interested in more mandalas, be sure to check out this rainbow mandala too!

The many layers of the poinsettia mandala Christmas cards are made of glittery and textured paper. This attention to detail makes the 3D art elegant and cheerful.

Supplies for Paper Layered Mandala Cards

Image shows a festive layered Poinsettia Christmas mandala Christmas card is made with glitter craft paper, sitting on top of red and blue paper backgrounds, surrounded by Christmas ornaments and Christmas ribbon.

Accessing the Poinsettia Mandala Templates

The poinsettia Christmas mandala art is available in the shop for instant download! Use the SVG files with Cricut, Silhouette, or any supporting cutting machine. If you are new to Cricut, learn how to upload SVG files here!

Learn how to make each layer of this 3D poinsettia mandala Christmas card with my step by step tutorial! This craft tutorial also provides the SVG files and images needed to make these fun and creative Christmas cards.

Poinsettia Mandala Christmas Cards Tutorial

This Christmas card craft takes less than an hour and is so easy to make. For full details watch the video! Be sure to scroll past the instructions for machine setup tips and more ways to use your 3D layered mandala!

How to Make a Poinsettia Mandala Christmas Card Step-By-Step

  1. Gather all your supplies before beginning.
  2. Use your Cricut or a similar cutting machine to make your poinsettia mandala layers and your card.
  3. Now that you have all your poinsettia mandala layers cut out and your Christmas or greeting card cut out and ready, you can begin assembling the flower mandala.
  4. Starting with the bottom two layers (green), add foam tabs at random to the back of the layer you will be placing on to the bottom layer. When using foam tabs, make sure you cover the back in all directions so your layer will be supported evenly and not become lopsided. Remove the foam tab backs.

Note: I like to use a weeding tool to take the backs off the foam tabs. This is a lot easier than using your fingers.

  1. Align your foam-tabbed layer over the bottom layer. I like to align the green layers together and the red layer together, but offset the red layers on the green layers, since leaves and flowers aren’t always perfectly aligned. Repeat this process for your next layers.
  2. Be careful that your foam tabs don’t show through the intricate cutout layers. I like to use the little glue strips for these layers, cutting them down as needed. You don’t need a lot of glue strips for the cut-out layer that lays over the red glitter poinsettia. 
  3. You can use foam tabs for the last layer (top layer), but I prefer using clear liquid glue because of the large empty spaces in the design.
  4. Glue the little center pieces into the middle, if you are using them.
  5. Put the poinsettia mandala aside to dry.
  6. Prepare the card you cut out by scoring down the center if your cutter didn’t score it for you.
  7. Fold the card along the scoring line.
  8. Place your poinsettia mandala on the card in the center, either in portrait or landscape orientation.
  9. Attach the mandala on the card with liquid glue. Be sure to get the edges. Press down firmly.
  10. Let your poinsettia mandala Christmas cards dry completely before using. This card craft would be perfect for the special people in your life, or as a holder for a gift card.

Note on Your Cutting Machine Settings:

If your cardstock is tearing, try the “Cardstock for Intricate Cuts” setting. However, if your cardstock is not cutting all the way through, try selecting “more pressure” on the cut screen. 

When using glitter cardstock or cover-weight cardstock, make sure to select the corresponding setting in Design Space Custom settings.

A gorgeous and festive Poinsettia Mandala Christmas Card held in front of a Cricut Maker cutting machine, surrounded by glitter craft paper and Christmas decorations.

Note on Cutting the Christmas Mandala Layers in Order:

Your mandala pieces may or may not be cut out in the order you arrange them. But don’t panic; there is an easy way to make sure you layer them correctly. Just make sure to set all the pieces aside and not lose any – I like to use a shallow container or box to collect my mandala layers.

Whenever you load a mandala file, the layers can always be kept organized by viewing the “layers” panel to the right. The same way the images are stacked in the “layers” panel is how you will need to assemble them – so when in doubt, look there!

A screen grab of Circuit Design Space, showing how to use the “layers” panel. This panel shows the correct order in which to assemble your poinsettia flower mandala Christmas cards.

Note on Scoring the Poinsettia Christmas Card:

If you are using one of my card templates that come with the poinsettia mandala file, be sure to change the black line down the center of the card to a scoreline and use your “Attach” tool in the “Layers” panel to hold it in place when you go to cut.

A screen grab showing Cricut Design Space with a blue Christmas card template silhouette and drawn arrows showing how to change the scoreline in Design Space before printing and cutting.

Best Uses for 3D Poinsettia Paper Mandalas

You can show off your mandala art in many creative ways besides Christmas-themed mandala cards.

Greeting Cards and Accents

Flower mandalas are perfect for creating stunning greeting cards or any occasion cards. Use your papercraft mandalas on signs, bouquets, tops of gifts, and more!

Home Decor

Mandalas are also wonderful for decorating your home! Make larger poinsettia flower mandalas to use around your home for everyday display or as a new part of your holiday decoration tradition. You can also add flower mandalas to canvases to create beautiful wall hangings.

Check out my two-minute tutorial on turning a mandala into canvas art with my sunflower design.

Seasonal Mandala Home Sign Craft

Recently I made this 3D mandala seasonal home sign – see how to assemble it here!

Abbi poses with her home sign craft. Use the mandala from the poinsettia mandala Christmas cards template as the “O” in a wooden sign to spell “home”.

Need more poinsettias in your life? Click here to view all my designs!

DIY poinsettia flower mandala Christmas cards instructions will show you how to make these beautiful 3D papercraft flowers in easy-to-follow steps complete with a short video tutorial.

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Green, red, and gold glitter card stock serves as a background for a fun and festive layered Poinsettia Mandala Christmas card, surrounded by Christmas ornaments.
Poinsettia Flower Mandala Christmas Cards Tutorial

Poinsettia Flower Mandala Christmas Cards Tutorial

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Tools

  • Cricut machine
  • Weeding tool

Instructions

    1. Gather all your supplies before beginning.
    2. Use your Cricut or a similar cutting machine to make your poinsettia mandala layers and your card.
    3. Now that you have all your poinsettia mandala layers cut out and your Christmas or greeting card cut out and ready, you can begin assembling the flower mandala.
    4. Starting with the bottom two layers (green), add foam tabs at random to the back of the layer you will be placing on to the bottom layer. When using foam tabs, make sure you cover the back in all directions so your layer will be supported evenly and not become lopsided. Remove the foam tab backs. Note: I like to use a weeding tool to take the backs off the foam tabs. This is a lot easier than using your fingers.
    5. Align your foam-tabbed layer over the bottom layer. I like to align the green layers together and the red layer together, but offset the red layers on the green layers, since leaves and flowers aren’t always perfectly aligned. Repeat this process for your next layers.
    6. Be careful that your foam tabs don’t show through the intricate cutout layers. I like to use the little glue strips for these layers, cutting them down as needed. You don’t need a lot of glue strips for the cut-out layer that lays over the red glitter poinsettia.
    7. You can use foam tabs for the last layer (top layer), but I prefer using clear liquid glue because of the large empty spaces in the design.
    8. Glue the little center pieces into the middle, if you are using them.
    9. Put the poinsettia mandala aside to dry.
    10. Prepare the card you cut out by scoring down the center if your cutter didn’t score it for you.
    11. Fold the card along the scoring line.
    12. Place your poinsettia mandala on the card in the center, either in portrait or landscape orientation.
    13. Attach the mandala on the card with liquid glue. Be sure to get the edges. Press down firmly.
    14. Let your poinsettia mandala Christmas cards dry completely before using. This card craft would be perfect for the special people in your life, or as a holder for a gift card.

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