Bride & Groom: A New Type of Layered Mandala

I discovered this new way of making a layered mandala in a flyer from Hobby Lobby.  In trying to decide how to show it to you, L White entered the contest with a suggestion of a Bride & Groom project.  I loved it, so here it is!

BTW my contest runs until April 30, 2021 and I am giving away a $50 Amazon gift card.  If you want to enter, send a suggestion of something you want to see on this page to  It is open to anyone, so send me those suggestions!  I will pick the winner at random on May 1st.

You will need:
        • various shades of cardstock for the solid pieces
        • cardstock for the background
        • Glue or Foam tape
        • Frame
        • Scissors
        • Download File
Paper Selection for Bride & Groom Layered Mandala

This project can be made with any paper.  I chose to do the top layer in glitter white and the main pieces in shades of blue.  Maybe make it in their wedding colors.  Patterns really only work for the background mat and it should be a subtle pattern.

Cutting the Bride & Groom Layered Mandala

Start with the top layer and cut the other colors last.

Be careful removing the top layers from the mat because the lines can be thin.

Assembling the Bride & Groom Layered Mandala

The difference between this project and the traditional layered mandala is that only the top layer is a mandala.  The other colors are solid.  I cut two layers of the top mandala layer to make it a bit deeper but you don’t have to.  First, attach the top layer to the solid color layers with foam tape or liquid glue.  Foam tape adds dimension and looks so much more impressive.  The solid pieces should fit exactly inside the outline for that piece and since the lines are thin, and the foam tape may need to be cut down so that it doesn’t show.  Be very careful when placing the solid pieces so that they don’t hang over the edges of the mandala outline.

Once it is done, put the bride & groom mandala on a piece of patterned cardstock and frame it.  This project is 10.5 inches tall so an frame that is 12 inches tall works best.  If you used foam tape to assemble the project, you may need to use a shadowbox frame or place some foam tape between the back and the glass to make room for the thickness.

Later, I will do a tutorial on how to make the color sections from the original mandala.  For now I just wanted to do a project to get you familiar with the method.

And your Bride & Groom Layered Mandala is done.  

Fun Facts About Weddings
  • Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
  • Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
  • Brides traditionally wear veils because ancient Greeks and Romans believed they protected her from evil spirits.
  • The tradition of a bride wearing “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” comes from an Old English rhyme. 

2 thoughts on “Bride & Groom: A New Type of Layered Mandala

  1. Thank you. Great job. I love it!! What did you see in the Hobby Lobby flyer? I missed that one

    1. It was a flyer that made a solid backing of different colors for a mandala like image. They did it flat with several different colors. I combined the idea with some foam tape, a fancier mandala and tried it. I have several others that I will be posting soon.

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