Free Nativity SVG ⭐ Christmas Nativity Craft Ideas
Make a beautiful Christmas papercraft with this free layered mandala Nativity SVG.
It’s a lovely Christmas Nativity craft idea to make with your Cricut or other digital cutting machine.
There are only four layers to this design, but it can take a little while to cut out because of all the details in the intricate mandala pattern.
You could cut the light blue layer from yellow or gold cardstock for an extra bit of sparkle and shine!
Mandala Nativity papercraft materials
Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.
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- Cricut machine
- Light blue Cricut cutting mat
- Coloured Card (I use 160-240gsm weight of card)
- Collall All Purpose Glue
- Needle Tip Applicator Bottle
- 3D foam pads
Video tutorial for layered Nativity SVG
Watch the video below to see how to make this layered Nativity papercraft. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.
Layered Nativity craft assembly instructions
Here’s how to make your very own DIY paper Nativity scene for Christmas using a Cricut machine.
Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder
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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.
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Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space
Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the file called svg-nativity-mandala-craftwithsarah.svg
Make sure you upload the file which starts svg- in the filename!!
This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:
After uploading, the design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”. Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.
Click the design on your canvas and use the width/height boxes near the top of the screen to make it the size that you want to cut it.
I made mine 7.75 inches wide (8.242 inches wide). I don’t recommend going smaller than about 6 inches in height as some of the details in the mandala pattern will get a bit too thin and hard to cut.
Step 3) Cut the Nativity mandala SVG design
When you’re happy with how the design is looking in Design Space, click “Make It” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.
Use the dropdowns on the left of the page to change the paper size. You need to change it for every colour in the design.
Step 4) Stick the layered papercraft together
Use 3D foam pads and glue to stick the layers together.
Use this guide to see the order to stick the layers together in. A high quality printable version of this assembly guide is included in the folder when you download the cut file.
My favourite glue to use on papercraft projects is Collall All Purpose Glue.
It’s SO good because it doesn’t “warp” or bend the cardstock like some glues do. You can use as much of it as you want and the card stays perfect – and it dries perfectly clear too!
To make it even easier to apply glue to layered card projects, I highly recommend getting some of these needle tip applicator bottles to put the glue into.
The nozzles are REALLY tiny which makes them perfect for putting glue in the pieces of cardstock that make up this design.
The foam pads that I use are from “Dot & Dab”, but any foam squares will work. If yours are big then you may need to cut them smaller with scissors to fit inside the edges of the layers.
When adding the foam pads to the relevant layers, make sure you add some in the middle of the pieces of card so it give stability to the middles. If you don’t add any foam pads in the middles then it can “sag” under the weight of the other layers which doesn’t look as good.
Christmas Nativity layered SVG
After sticking all the pieces of card together, you’ll have a wonderful Nativity craft project all ready to be framed.
You could also put it on a greetings card or even stick it straight to the wall with some blu-tack or command strips, or prop it up on a shelf.
The below video has some tips on how to frame your craft project, including my Number One hack for making sure that your design will fit perfectly every time without wasting any of your craft materials.
I hope that you enjoy this free layered Christmas Nativity SVG.
Love layered SVGs? Check out my other free layered SVG files