How to Make Mandala Patterns

There’s a new tutorial in town, and, let me tell you, it’s a good one! If you look at beautiful henna and Indian designs and think, “Wow, I wish I could create something that intricate,” I have great news for you—you can! Watch this video and learn how to make mandala patterns in Adobe Illustrator. P.S. It’s easier than you might think.

How to Make Mandala Patterns

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I’ve wanted to know how to make my own mandala designs forever, and, now that I know how, I’m excited that I can share the knowledge with you guys. I know there are a lot of little steps in there, but, with a little practice, you’ll be designing mandalas like a pro!

One thing I absolutely love about this process is that you never know exactly how it’s going to turn out. It reminds me of making paper snowflakes—making cut after cut until you open it and reveal the design you created. The reveal is definitely the best part of this process too.

Have fun implementing your newfound skill, and happy designing!

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3 Comments on How to Make Mandala Patterns

  1. Anthony
    January 9, 2021 at 5:00 am (4 years ago)

    Hello Mande, just came across this page on Pinterest. Would this principle work using cutting machine SVG file. I am just beginning to appreciate Mandala designs.

    • Mandee
      January 13, 2021 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

      There are a few extra steps that would be needed in order to prep this to become a cut file. Basically, you’d need to outline all the stroke elements and unite the paths. I’d definitely recommend my intro series on the basics of creating cut file designs if you’re interested!

  2. Donna Rueden
    March 13, 2021 at 9:03 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for this tutorial. You made it seem so straight forward. I can’t wait to try it out.


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