This Halloween Skull Layered Mandala is part of a set I am doing for Halloween. I plan to frame them all and line them up down my wall. You can see my pumpkin here. Next I want to do a witch and then a spider.
If you have your own design and want to make a mandala, watch my video tutorial and I will show you how to do it in Inkscape. But if you want to make one where the designing is already done, I have this one.
Paper Selection for the Halloween Skull Layered Mandala
This project can be made with any paper. The colors for the skull parts should be in the black white grey color family. Patterns would look very weird for everything but the background mat colors.
Cutting the Halloween Skull Layered Mandala
If you want Cricut to draw on the top layer, it makes the layered mandala look extra special. See how I did that on others here. You can add a phrase like “Happy Halloween” or pictures of bones. Just make sure you attach all the drawings or writing to the top layer and that your pen shows up.
Start with the darkest layer and cut the designs upward in hue and layer. This is a must! Be careful removing the skulls from the mat because the lines can be thin, the top layer especially.
Assembling the Halloween Skull Layered Mandala
As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom. Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer. This way you don’t lose the little pieces.
You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue. Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it.
Once the layers are all together, use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base. I found a wonderful skull pattern to go behind mine. Frame the piece with a frame. If you used foam tape you should put foam tape between the mat and the glass along the edges to make the frame stick up far enough to give the project room.
And your Halloween Skull Layered Mandala is done!