Die Cut Mandalas – Tutorial & Freebie

It’s tutorial time again! Last year, I created a tutorial on how to design mandala patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Since then, I’ve received some questions about how to turn these lovely mandalas into cut files. While the process to do this is fairly simple, there are a couple steps that, if skipped, can lead to a lot of unnecessary frustration. So, today I’m sharing a video tutorial I created to walk you through the process, and help you become a die cut mandala master! Check it out, and download the die cut mandalas I made.

Die Cut Mandalas


The main tools you will be using:

Break Link to Symbol

Window>Symbols>Break Link to Symbol


Outline Stroke

Object>Path>Outline Stroke


Magic Wand

Window>Magic Wand

Shortcut: Y







Shortcut: ⇧⌘G


Compound Path

Object>Compound Path>Make

Shortcut: ⌘8


Minus Front/Subtract

Window>Pathfinder>Minus Front/Subtract

I can’t even tell you have nervous I get when I make these videos—I don’t know why—I’m not even in front of the camera. But It’s always worth the anxiety to know that I’m helping people grow their design skills (at least that’s what I tell myself before I start filming).

Designing cut files can be tricky, but, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities! It’s always important to keep the application in mind when designing cut files: mandalas or otherwise. If you’ll be cutting out of paper, you need to make sure that all the objects are connected in one way or another, otherwise the loose pieces will get left behind when you cut. But, if you’re working with vinyl/transfer paper, you don’t have to worry about that.

To learn more tips on preparing SVG cut files, be sure to check out this tutorial I made on the subject.

Die Cut Mandalas

I hope you enjoyed the new video tutorial! And have fun designing your own, beautiful die cut mandalas!

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Die Cut Mandalas


6 Comments on Die Cut Mandalas – Tutorial & Freebie

  1. Sue
    April 21, 2017 at 7:18 am (7 years ago)

    You are SO talented and I’m amazed are the files you create !

    • Mandee
      April 21, 2017 at 9:08 am (7 years ago)

      Aww, thank you Sue! That makes me very happy. ^_^

  2. Linda Gandara
    April 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm (7 years ago)

    I resized these to 4″ in Cricut DS and they cut brilliantly! Thank you for sharing your talent, this is so generous of you. P.S. love all your lanterns as well.
    Linda G.

    • Mandee
      April 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm (7 years ago)

      Good to know that they can cut that small! And thank you Linda! That makes me so happy to hear. ^_^

  3. Paul Cummins
    January 24, 2018 at 12:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Mandee.

    I’m totally new to this whole design thing. I just wanted to let you know that I find websites like yours really uplifting and motivating. Thank you for all the time and effort that you put into this process, it is amazing!

    Loving kindness,

    • Mandee
      January 24, 2018 at 4:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Why thank you Paul! I really appreciate hearing that!! It’s great to know that people like you are progressing in their design journey because of my little videos. ^_^


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