How to Make a Dreamcatcher with a Cricut
Make a dreamcatcher with a Cricut with this layered cardstock design.
There are lots of beautiful, intricate pieces to make up the multi-coloured mandala design in the middle of the dreamcatcher.
It’s finished off with three colourful feathers hanging down from the bottom.
It comes with a hook at the top of the design so that you can thread some ribbon through so that you can hang your completed dreamcatcher on your wall.
See how to stick all the layers together (and the order they go in!) in this tutorial.
Video tutorial for layered dream catcher SVG
Watch the video below to see how to make this dreamcatcher craft project. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.
Layered dreamcatcher shadow box 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 used 160-240gsm weight of card)
- Collall All Purpose Glue
- Needle Tip Applicator Bottle
- 3D foam pads
Layered dreamcatcher SVG assembly instructions
Here’s how to make your very own papercraft dreamcatcher using a Cricut machine!
Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder
Download the Free Cutting File
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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-dreamcatcher-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 7.5 inches wide. I don’t recommend going much smaller than about 5.5 inches wide as some of the pieces are quite thin in places, so if you make the design much smaller it may be difficult to cut.
To add a little bit of extra color to the design, I’ve added little colored circles in the middle of the mandala.
These do cut out pretty small, so if you’re not sure that you’ll be able to stick them then you could replace them with plastic gemstones, sequins, glitter glue or a dimensional paint such as Nuvo drops to add the color to the middle instead.
If you don’t want to cut out the circles, you can simply hide them by hovering your mouse over the circle layers in the layers panel and clicking the eye next to each of them.
There are quite a lot of them, so it might take a little while, but this will hide them from view so they don’t get cut.
When you’re happy how the design SVG is looking in Design Space, click “Make It” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.
Change the paper size using the dropdowns on the left.
You can click-and-drag shapes around to use up less of your cardstock.
Step 3) Stick the layered dreamcatcher 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 this SVG.
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 squares I’m using are from “Dot & Dab”, but any similar product will work. If your foam squares are bit then you may need to cut them smaller with scissors.
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.
DIY Dreamcatcher papercraft project
Here is how the Cricut dreamcatcher project will look once all of the layers are stuck together.
It’s now all ready to be framed!
Love layered SVGs? Check out my other free layered SVG files