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Layered Paper Paw Print Dog Frame

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Create a beautiful layer paper dog frame using cardstock and your Cricut cutting machine. This paw print frame makes a wonderful gift for pet owners! Learn how to make it and use the cut file I created! 

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Dog print layered paper frame on a wooden easle.

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I’m sharing how you can create a layered paper dog frame using only cardstock and foam tape! This craft is simple to make and the results are amazing! The frame is dimensional, colorful and can be placed on an easel for easy displaying. 

It has been a craft goal of mine to try creating layered paper art using my Cricut, so I was really excited to make this frame. I created the paw print mandala frame in Cricut Design Space. You can use the file to create this craft. It will be free if you have Cricut Access! 

Choose the same colored cardstock as I did, or switch it up and choose your own colors. I used paper from my American Crafts Tropical Cardstock pack. The texture on the paper is really lovely! Bazzill is another textured paper I love to use for layered mandalas.

Layered paper dog frame on a wooden easle.

This paw print frame makes such a sweet gift idea for pet lovers and dog owners or a great decor item to make for your own home. It can be hung on the wall, leaned up against something or propped up in an easel. The dimensional paper looks like it is wood when displayed!

Check out my other layered paper creations you can make with your Cricut including my Mandala Frame, Layered Paper Christmas Ornament Frame and Layered Paper Hogwarts Castle

How to Create a Layered Paper Dog Frame

Supplies Needed:

*Update: I found after a month of displaying my mandala frame in the easel, it started to curve backwards. To fix this, you can cut a bottom layer from chipboard and adhere that to the back of the mandala frame. If your mandala is hanging on the wall this shouldn’t be an issue. This only happened to the mandala frames where I used the foam adhesive dots rather than larger pieces of foam tape. I like how the foam dots look so I would use them again and just add a layer of chipboard in back. 

Cricut cutting mat, cutting tools, foam tape and sheets of colored cardstock.
These are the papers I started with, but I changed the colors as I went.

Cutting the Mandala

Step One: Cut the paw print mandala using your cutting machine. The paw print mandala file can be found in Cricut Design Space. You can play around with changing the color of the papers in Design Space before starting to cut the file. 

Cricut cutting machine cuts mandala out of green cardstock.

One tip that I wish I would have realized sooner is to mark the top of each layer on the wrong side. Do this before lifting the paper entirely off the mat. The dog print image I used to create this frame from Design Space appears symmetrical but it is not. The papers need to line up a certain way for the design to fit perfectly. Marking the top will save you a lot of time trying to rotate the pieces to find the best fit. 

Layers of paper mandalas marked with a pencil to show the top center of each.

The paw print frame is made with five layers of paper. Below you can see my layers cut and ready to be assembled.

Five sheets of paper cut with a paw print design.

Assembling the Mandala

Step Two: Assemble the mandala by layering the paper together using foam tape. I used these cute tiny foam tape circles which worked really well for this project. The hook tool that came with my Cricut tools was really helpful for lifting the backing off of the adhesive dots.

Below is the order the paper should be stacked from bottom to top.

Layers of dog mandala in order from bottom to top.

I worked backwards starting with the top layer and covered the back of it with small foam adhesive dots.  

Dark green paper cut with paw print design; small circles of double-sided tape are placed around it.

Carefully place the top layer on the second layer matching the edges. Tip: It helped me so much to use a little painters tape to hold the bottom layer to my work surface while I attached the top layer. Once they were attached I just removed the painters tape.                                                                                                                                                                        

Two layers of mandala assembled; bottom layer is held to the table with blue painters tape.

Repeat for the blue and orange layers. Add your foam dots in the same place on each layer. 

Three layers of paper mandala.

Step Three: Add a photo of the dog to the center of the base layer. Use the layered mandala to figure out where to place the photograph, then adhere it to the base layer, which is the large solid circle, using glue or tape. 

Picture of dog and the paw print mandala.

I used a little painters tape to help me get the placement, then removed it once the photo was adhered.

Picture of a dog taped to the center of the bottom layer of the layered mandala.

The layer paper dog frame is complete! I love the way the textured paper looks stacked together and the paw prints are so cute! The orange cardstock I used is so bright, but since is so far back in the mandala it looks darker in the shadows.

Dog print mandala frame made from colored cardstock with a picture of the dog in the center.

Display the Dog Print Mandala Frame

Step Four: Display the new mandala frame on an easel. I found a wooden one on Amazon that is a great size and compliments the colors in my mandala.

Dog print layered paper frame on a wooden easle.

Below you can see the back of the paw print frame.

Back of the paw print frame resting on a wooden easle.

Paw print mandala frame side view shows the layers of papers stacked.

I hope you enjoyed this paper craft! I really had a lot of fun making it. For more paper crafts, check out my Paper Crafts Project Page! If you love creating layered paper art, check out my 3D Paper Hogwarts Castle and Layered Paper Mandala Frame

More Pet-Themed Craft Projects

I created this paw print frame as part of the Team Creative Crafts edition of Pet Crafts! There are so many fun pet and animal-themed crafts being shared. 


Happy Crafting! -Kim

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