15-Minute 3D Butterfly Wall Art with Cricut Explore 3



Are you looking for a Cricut project that’s super quick and easy to put together? A project that you can cut and assemble in about 10 minutes? Sound too good to be true? Well this time it isn’t. Thanks to the new Cricut Explore 3 and its lightning fast cutting speed, we have come up with a pretty project that will take you no time at all!

If you’ve spent any time on my blog or in my Facebook groups you know I absolutely LOVE butterflies. Some of my most popular are my Butterfly Heart Canvas, my Giant Butterflies and of course my Butterfly Pop-Up Card.

It’s my love of these beautiful creatures that inspired this project. My 3D Butterfly Wall Art. It’s actually a layered butterfly mandala and it’s made with the new Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock, which is what makes this project so easy!

close up shot of 3d butterfly wall art

You can get the SVG to make this beautiful 3D Butterfly Wall Art in my free resource library — it’s design #309.

This is what my 3D Butterfly Wall Art design SVG file looks like in Cricut Design Space.

3D butterfly wall art in Cricut Design Space

TIP: If you are not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you are on an iPad or iPhone, here is how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

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You can cut it just like this or you can change the text to anything you like. Simply hide or delete the words “butterfly and kisses” in the layers panel on the right and add your own.

arrows pointing to eye icon to hide text in 3D butterfly wall art

Click “Text” in the left hand column.

arrow pointing to text box to change text in 3D butterfly wall art

Now choose your font from the dropdown menu at the top.

arrow pointing to font dropdown box in 3D butterfly wall art project

I’m using Tingler Script. Now type anything you’d like…maybe “dream big” or “spread your wings”…or even “Happy Birthday,” it’s totally up to you!

Showing how to change font in Cricut Design Space in 3D butterfly wall art

To change the text color, click in the color picker box and click on any color.

And here’s a fun tip in case you didn’t know, the top row of colors are all of the colors included in your project, this way your colors will be a perfect match!

Now click “Make It.”

arrow pointing to color picker box where you can change text color in design space in 3d butterfly wall art project

Since we are using Cricut’s Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock we don’t need a mat, how cool is that? So choose “Without Mat”, then click “Done” and “Continue.”

arrow pointing to area where you can choose to cut without a mat in cricut design space 3d butterfly wall art

Next, choose “Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock and click “Done.”

arrow pointing to smart paper sticker cardstock material in cricut design space

IMPORTANT: On the next screen you will see a box under Pressure and Default that says: “Remember Material Settings,” click that box. That tells the Cricut Explore 3 to use the same cut pressure and materials for all of the cuts without a mat or with the Smart Material.

arrow showing where to click to tell your explore three to remember the material settings in cricut design space 3d butterfly wall art


Now you are ready to cut!

There are 5 layers to this 3D Butterfly Wall Art project and I’m using rainbow colors for mine, but again, this is your creation, so you can use whatever color combination you like!

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rainbow color Cricut Smart paper Sticker Cardstock

Insert your first piece of Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock and press load and then the flashing button that looks like a “Play” button to start your cut.

inserting sticker cardstock and pressing go

TIP: If you are using the same colors as me and forget what color comes next when you are cutting you can refer back to your device and look on the left to see what color comes next. If you are using different colors and designated those when you were getting everything set in Design Space follow that order OR better yet, just stack your paper in the order you plan to cut.

Remember how I said this is a quick project…just watch how fast the new Cricut Explore 3 cuts! It’s crazy fast.

I actually set a stop watch and I was able to cut and assemble the whole project in around 10 minutes!


Once all of your cuts are complete it’s time to assemble your work of art!

First, grab your 10″ x 10″ canvas.

grabbing white canvas for project

Now, one by one flip over the Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock and gently fold it back to release the sticker paper. Start with the bottom layer.

If you are using the same colors as me your layers should match these:

Bottom/Layer 1: Blue, Layer 2: Red, Layer 3: Green, Layer 4: Yellow, Top/Layer 5: Orange

peeling up smart paper sticker cardstock

Place the bottom layer in the center of your canvas and press gently to help it stick.

placing and pressing smart cricut sticker cardstock to canvas bottom layer

Continue doing this with the remaining four sheets of Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock.

peeling red smart sticker cardstock

TIP: Some pesky pieces might not pop out on their own. If not, you can use a weeding tool to pop them out or just use your fingers and push them through to pop them out.

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using weeding tool to pop out pesky pieces of smart paper sticker cardstock

If you are using words that are red like mine those will cut with the red layer and you can add those on the canvas wherever you like.

adding words to canvas

As you peel off each layer stack them on top of each other.

peeling green smart sticker cardstock

adding top layers to 3d butterfly wall art

Make sure to keep all the pieces aligned. But remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful.


And that’s it! You’re done! Now you can show it off!

showing off finished 3d butterfly wall art

Wasn’t that quick and easy to assemble? It’s honestly one of the easiest layered mandalas I’ve ever made and I’ve made a lot: a Heart Mandala, some cute Easter mandalas and a fun XO mandala…just to name a few. All of those were put together with glue, tape or foam dots, which takes time. The beauty of this Cricut Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock is that the paper is already sticky so you can skip that step altogether…a huge time-saver!

two side by side canvases of 3d butterfly wall art in rainbow and pastel colors

Of course if you don’t have any Cricut Smart Materials on hand you can also make this 3D Butterfly Wall Art with cardstock as well on any of your Cricut cutting machines, but remember you will also need foam dots, tape or glue to hold it together.

One last tip, if you want to make your canvas a little more sticky before applying your sticker cardstock, spray it with tacky spray and let it dry before you start your project.

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