Today we are going to make two types of 3D Cross SVG designs from paper. First, we will create a paper 3D cross box to hold small Easter gifts, and second, we will create a 3D Layered Mandala SVG Cross for an Easter card. These handmade pieces are so much fun to make and add an elegant touch to your Easter gift baskets, table settings, and family get-togethers.
To keep this craft easy, I’ve created two different Cross SVG Designs and step-by-step instructions for you. These templates are designed to be cut on a die-cutting machine, like a Cricut Machine or a Silhouette Cameo. Both 3D Cross SVG designs are available in DXF, EPS, PNG, and PDF file formats. Bring your family and friends together, learn some new skills, and create something fun for the upcoming Easter holiday.
HOW TO PURCHASE THE 3D CROSS SVG BUNDLE
If you’d like to purchase this 3D Cross SVG Bundle (3D Cross Mandala SVG & 3D Cross Cricut SVG Box) and have them delivered directly to your email inbox as an instant digital download, you can do that here. Visit the SVG Shop to see all of my seasonal designs available for purchase. This is an instant download (digital product) and no physical product is included.
These cutting files can be created using cutting machines like a Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo. The designs are also available as PDF files, DXF files, PNG files, and EPS file formats. If you have any questions about your purchase, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO ACCESS THE FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY
For more Easter crafts, home decor projects, and free SVG files with templates, visit the library. You’ll find all types of seasonal crafts, including this free 3D mandala SVG (pictured below). To access my free files (over 60 files) and receive my latest craft project newsletter straight to your inbox, just subscribe on the top right sidebar or at the bottom of this post.
Once you subscribe, you’ll receive an email confirmation. Just confirm your subscription and you will be sent a (Welcome Email) with the password and instructions for using the free library and SVG cut files. Then, click on the Library tab on the top menu bar and enter the password in the empty box at the bottom of the library page.
Once you are in the library, please watch the video to learn how to use the free download files. Most of the free SVG cut file designs are also available as DXF files, EPS files, PDF, and PNG formats. When using the basic edition of Silhouette Studio, the DXF file format will work in place of a Silhouette file. There are two additional Mandala DXF designs in the library for you to create. If you have the Designer or Business Edition of Silhouette Studio you can use the SVG file format.
VIDEO TUTORIALS: 3D CROSS SVG BOX AND LAYERED MANDALA CARD
To keep them short, I’ve created three separate videos. The first video is an assembly video that shows you how to put the project together. There are two additional videos that cover the tech side of Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio. These videos teach you tips for creating intricate cuts on your machine, how to open the files in your cutting machine’s software, prepare the files to cut, and the correct cut settings for this project.
This short video is a step-by-step tutorial for ASSEMBLING THE 3D CROSS SVG DESIGNS. It includes the supplies you will need to create the three-dimensional cross designs and the assembly process.
This video is a tech tutorial that includes tips for cutting intricate designs from cardstock and PREPARING THE FILES TO CUT IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE.
This video is a tech tutorial that includes tips for cutting intricate designs from cardstock and PREPARING THE FILES TO CUT IN SILHOUETTE STUDIO.
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SUPPLIES TO CREATE THE 3D CROSS SVG PROJECTS
- 3D Cross Design, Card, and Envelope
- Cricut or Silhouette Cameo and Machine Tools
- Light Grip Cricut Mat or Light Grip Silhouette Mat
- Cricut Scoring Tool (If Using a Cricut)
- Weeding Tools (Includes Craft Tweezers)
- Craft Knife
- Scraper Tool
- 65 lb. Card-stock & 12-Inch Patterned Paper
- Precision Craft Glue
- Glue Stick
- LED Lights
HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE CROSS BOX (3D CROSS SVG DESIGN)
To start we’re going to remove the side panels from the light grip mat. I’ve included this process because these are delicate designs that can tear easily if not removed properly.
Begin flipping the mat over and removing the side panels from the mat by peeling the mat up from the card stock. Then flip the mat right side up. Now go around the perimeter (under the edges) of the cross with a craft knife, just to loosen up the edges of the cross a little from the mat. This will prevent the cross tearing.
Now flip the mat back over, so the back of the mat is facing up, and begin to peel the mat up from the cross. This will keep the paper cross pattern from wrinkling and the bits will stay on your mat if it’s sticky enough.
Now we’re going to set it aside and we’ll clean the extra bits from our mat with a scraper tool. At this point, we have our three side panel pieces and the main cross panel.
HOW TO ATTACH THE VELLUM TO THE CROSS PANEL
Remove the vellum from the mat, lifting it up one side at a time. Work slowly and carefully, to keep it from ripping.
Once the vellum panels are removed, we’re going to use a pencil to mark the front panel and back panels of our paper crosses. The top of the box is slightly larger than the bottom and we don’t want to get them confused. Now we’re going to fold all of the tabs on our cross so that they’re all facing in the same direction. I use a small scraper tool to help fold them.
Now use a glue stick to cover one side of the vellum cross with adhesive. Be sure to cover the vellum evenly. Then we’re going to go ahead and press the vellum cross in place on the backside of the paper cross. Make sure you press it evenly so it adheres nicely to the pattern.
HOW TO ATTACH THE SIDES TO THE BOX
To begin, we are going to fold all of our side panels along the score lines and lay them out around the cross panel in the right order. Then we will assemble the top of the box with Precision Craft Glue.
First, select the side panel that has the five score lines. One end of the panel has a tab and the other end doesn’t. We’re going to start folding the end of the panel without a tab. This end with no tab will start at the top of the cross. See the image above for reference. Now select the second-longest side panel. This piece goes along the bottom of the cross. Fold it along the score lines and set it into place with the end tab on the left side. The last side panel goes along the left of the cross finishing up with the tab at the top.
Now that your side panels are folded and set in place, we can begin to attach them around the perimeter of the cross. Add some glue to the tabs of the decorative paper cross layer along the top and right sides of the cross. We are going to work on one section at a time so our glue doesn’t dry too quickly.
Once you’ve added the glue to the top and around the right-side tabs, press your first side piece into place. This glue works best by applying a little pressure. It helps bond the two pieces of card stock together. It’s helpful to leave the cross paper layer on a flat surface while adding the side panels. This will keep the side panels flush with the front of the cross.
Next, add some glue to the tabs on the bottom portion of the cross panel. Then press your bottom side panel in places. Now add some glue to the tabs on the left side of the cross and add the last side panel.
Finish up by gluing the top tab of the left side panel to the top panel piece.
Repeat this process for the box bottom. Once both your box top and bottom are complete, flip the cross box top so the open side is facing up.
Then align and place the cross box bottom into the top. Now flip the box right side up and enjoy you’re completed project.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE LAYERED MANDALA CROSS SVG CARD (3D CROSS SVG DESIGN)
Now let’s assemble the matching 3D Mandala Cross SVG Card. Begin by working a craft knife or weeding tool around the perimeter of the cross to loosen it from the cutting mat. Then peel the top, left side, right side, and bottom side upward.
Working carefully so you don’t tear the decorative element in the pattern. Keep all four of the crosses facing upward, the way they were on the mat. Then use a scraper tool to remove the extra bits from your mat to discard. Repeat this process for the four cross mandala file layers.
I’ve used different colors for the layered SVG cut file to make the intricate patterns stand out. Once the four different layer panels are removed from the mat, select the yellow cross-layer, since it’s the thickest of the intricate patterns.
The Precision Craft Glue I’m using is perfect for this project because it has a fine tip nozzle and allows you to place a small amount of glue exactly where you need it. Add the glue around the back of the pattern on the yellow layer and line it up over the solid blue cross and press it into place. Then lightly roll over it with your brayer to spread the glue evenly underneath it and help bond the paper layers together.
Now select the white layered cross and add glue to the backside of it and line it up over the yellow layer. Press it into place and roll over it with your brayer.
The last piece (top layer) is the smallest detailed blue layer. Add a small amount of glue all over the back of the blue layer, line it up over the white layer, and press it into place. Then lightly roll over it with your brayer. I love how these cross layers create a 3D look. For a deeper 3D effect, you can use adhesive dots along the thick perimeter of the cross.
Now let’s begin assembling the card. Start by folding the card backing along the scoreline. Then place your cross in the front center of the card backing. It’s helpful to lay out all of your items on the card before you begin to glue them down so, place your words (He Is Risen) in the center of the card or where you would like them. Once everything is where you want it, add some glue to the back of each item and press it into place. I find that using a pair of precision tweezers works best when working with small items like words.
Lastly, we’re going to create the envelope. I’ve used patterned paper that is white on one side. Begin by folding all of the score lines on the envelope. Once you have folded all four of the sections in towards the center of the envelope, open them up again. Then fold the two side pieces back in, leaving the bottom piece open. Now add some glue to the left and right sides of the bottom panel. Then fold it up on top of the two side pieces and press it into place.
One last tip for your card. The inside of handmade cards are usually blank for you to create your own sentiment. If you cut a piece of white paper slightly smaller than your card (4.75 inches by 6.75 inches) and write on it, you can slip the paper inside the card and the recipient of the card can then reuse the card. So, it’s like they are receiving two gifts in one. 🙂
If you’d like to learn how to open the files in Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio, prepare them to cut, and learn the correct cut settings for Intricate cuts, watch the corresponding video on YouTube. The links are available below.
I hope you enjoy this Easter craft project. Don’t forget to check out my other projects in the resource library (free vector designs in several file types).
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