Decorate Your Home with Mandala Art for the Wall
Us crafters are constantly creating beautiful projects for our friends, families, and even some customers, but sometimes it’s nice to make something for ourselves! This project is simple in its design and creates a gorgeous piece for that empty space on your wall that you have been meaning to fill. You can use any kind of heat transfer vinyl, but I especially love how holographic HTV looks against a lighter background.
- Blank wood artist’s panel (dollar store)
- Acrylic paints & paintbrush
- Mixing palette and water
- Triple Thick gloss glaze (optional)
- Picture hanger (I used a sawtooth hanger)
- Protective table cover
- Heat transfer vinyl (I used holographic)
- Teflon sheet
- Weeding tools
- Cricut cutting machine (or another)
- Cricut Easy Press and mat
Designing Your Mandala Wall Art – Paint Your Panel
To start this project off you will first have to prepare your wood panel for the heat transfer vinyl by painting it. To do this, first, choose what color HTV you will be using and then decide on a paint color that will complement it. Once you have your color theme, prepare your workspace with your protective table cover, paints, paintbrush, mixing palette, and a small cup of water to clean your brush.
When you are ready, go ahead and paint your panel. This is the perfect time to have some fun with trying a few new painting methods such as marbling, strokes, and splash effects. Most of the wood will be covered with the HTV – so if you make any mistakes they will mostly be hidden anyway!
Apply two coats to ensure that the entire panel is completely covered and rich in color, and allow to dry for 12 – 24 hours.
Cricut Design Space
Creating this design is actually quite simple, yet the results look so finely detailed! First, insert a shape from the shapes library that best represents the wood panel that you are using. My panel is an 8 x 10 so I made the width 10” and the height 8” to create a landscaped preview.
Now that you have the template ready, open up the image library and search for the heart mandala image #MAA64714, and insert it onto your canvas.
From this point, size the heart to be much larger than the panel template, making sure that it is covering as much of the shape as possible. I made the width of my heart 16.92” because I love the curvature in the center of the heart against the square-shaped background, so I wanted to make that the focal point.
Once sized, make sure to align > center, and then slice. Remove all of the layers except the black slice result; you now have your cut design sized and ready.
Cutting and Weeding
Insert another shape similar to the original template. Unlock it and change the size to be slightly larger than your cut design and send it to the back. This will be your weeding box, which will make this “heavy weed” project much easier. Select all and attach.
When you are ready, go ahead and send it to cut. Choose the appropriate material setting for your HTV and Don’t Forget To Mirror! Even though forgetting to mirror this particular design will not ruin it, it’s nice to keep the direction of the mandala as you designed it.
The hardest part of this project is finding the patience to weed because there are so many tiny details! A lot of people love weeding, but sadly I am not one of them! Just make sure to take your time though with this weeding process, you want to make sure that you get every little detail so that the design remains symmetrical on the entire panel.
- Weeding Tip: To make weeding more time-efficient, wrap some masking tape around your hand so that you can easily discard the tiny pieces. They stick to it so easily!
After you finish the weed and you are ready to move to the next step, preheat the EasyPress to 300 degrees and the timer to 40 seconds for holographic HTV, or use the appropriate setting for the type of vinyl you are using.
Warm the wood for 5 seconds to preheat that as well, and then line up your transfer edge to edge as best as you can. Now you can press!
Grab your Teflon sheet and place it over top of both the wood and HTV, then press. If you have a panel that is raised, you may need to put a book or something hard underneath so that you are able to press with firm pressure.
When it is cool to the touch, slowly peel off the mask. After pressing, if you have any overhang off of the sides of the panel, just grab your Cricut scissors and snip them away!
You can absolutely stop there if you would like and just add your picture hanger on the back. After adding the hanger, you can also give it a coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to add a nice, shiny finish. This is especially nice if you used a matte finish paint on the panel. It’s also a good idea if you want to hang your artwork on a bathroom wall or in another area that may be prone to dampness – as the glaze will protect it.
If you do decide to do this, make sure that you apply a generous, but even coat. Don’t worry, the brush strokes mostly disappear as it dries. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours completely undisturbed.
Voila! Your mandala wall art is complete…hang it up in an area that feels a little empty and watch how it brings a whole new look to your wall! It also makes a fantastic gift – but this one is for you remember?
I hope you enjoy the many compliments that you are about to receive!
Keep on Crafting!