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3D Rainbow Mandala Paper Craft

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An Easy 3D Rainbow Layered Mandala Paper Craft For Beginners

Paper mandalas are a fun and very easy beginner craft for those new to the Cricut world. If this is your first time reading one of my mandala tutorials, be sure to visit my post on 3D Layered Paper Mandala Craft which can help give you a complete starter’s guide. In this tutorial, I will teach you how to layer my rainbow mandala design together.

If you are looking for more rainbow crafts, check out my Swirl Rainbow Flower Tutorial and my Ombre Rainbow Table Rainbow.

Abbi holds a finished layered 3D rainbow mandala against a sea green background.

3D Rainbow Mandala Paper Craft Video Tutorial

Supplies for 3D Rainbow Mandala Craft:

Supplies for the rainbow mandala with your Cricut are very straightforward. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, click play on the video above or scroll down for a quick bullet point instructional guide.

3D Rainbow Mandala: Quick Guide Instructions

For full details, be sure to watch the rainbow mandala video above! Here is a quick guide with written instructions.

Abbi smiles standing in her craft room, holding the layered 3D rainbow mandala paper craft made with a Cricut machine.

Step 1: Cut Out Your 3D Rainbow Mandala Pieces

Cut out your mandalas on your cutting machine. I use a Cricut, but any machine that is SVG compatible will work! 

  • Make sure to use the corresponding setting for your material. For example, 65-pound cardstock is considered medium weight in Design Space. Likewise, if you are using glitter cardstock or light cardstock, be sure to change your pressure accordingly in the Custom settings of Cricut Design space. 

Note on Machine Settings

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

Step 2: Assemble Your Layers

After you cut all the 3D rainbow mandala pieces, it’s time for assembly. To prep, start by laying all your parts in the correct order. If they did not cut out in the order they are meant to be layered, you can quickly check by returning to your Canvas and viewing your Layer’s Panel to the right. Starting at the bottom of the Layer’s Panel and working up will be the exact way you should assemble any mandala. 

A screenshot of the 3D rainbow mandala pattern in Cricut Design Space, ready to cut using a cutting machine.

Step 3: Glue The Delicate Pieces to The Corresponding Piece

Each rainbow color has a background piece and a delicate, intricate piece. Use the Tombow glue to add the delicate piece to each corresponding background piece.

All the cut pieces for the 3D rainbow mandala are laid out and ready to be assembled using glue and foam tabs

Step 4: Add The Foam Tabs

Add the foam tabs on the back of each color layer and the clouds. The foam tabs will act as spacers and create a lovely 3D effect. To remove those pesky backs of the tabs, try using a weeding tool!

Abbi shows the back of the 3D rainbow mandala craft, speckled with foam tabs  to attach the other layers of the rainbow.

Step 5: Assemble The Rainbow Layers

Layer each of the rainbow colors in sequential order, starting with the solid rainbow base layer. To line everything up, use the clouds as your guide.

A demonstration of how to add the grey-blue cloud background to the completed 3D rainbow mandala.

Step 6: Add The Clouds

Once you have completed layering the colors of the rainbow mandala, finish the craft by adding your cloud details, and then you are finished!

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3D Rainbow Mandala Paper Craft

3D Rainbow Mandala Paper Craft

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Learn how to make this colorful 3D rainbow mandala paper craft! This beginner-friendly tutorial walks you through how to cut and assemble the layers for this colorful mandala.

Instructions

  1. Cut Out Your 3D Rainbow Mandala Pieces: I use a Cricut, but any machine that is SVG compatible will work!
  2. Assemble Your Layers: Start by laying all your parts in the correct order.
  3. Glue the Delicate Pieces to The Corresponding Piece: Each rainbow color has a background piece and a delicate, intricate piece. Use glue to add the delicate piece to each corresponding background piece.
  4. Add the Foam Tabs: Add the foam tabs on the back of each color layer and the clouds. The foam tabs will act as spacers and create a lovely 3D effect.
  5. Assemble The Rainbow Layers: Layer each of the rainbow colors in sequential order, starting with the solid rainbow base layer.
  6. Add The Clouds: Once you have completed layering the colors of the rainbow mandala, finish the craft by adding your cloud details, and then you are finished!

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Ideas for Paper Mandalas

Mandalas have many creative and fun purposes by which to show off your creation, such as on cards, signs, in bouquets, tops of gifts, canvases, and more! Check out my canvas mandala art here as well as my seasonal wood sign.

You may also love my poinsettia mandala Christmas card tutorial!

The finished 3D rainbow mandala, laid on a table, surrounded by 3D mandalas in the shapes of a fox, pumpkin, sunflower, leaf and snowflake.

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  1. My kids really like those products. Definitely make it with them. Thank you for showing us such a nice post!

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