Tree of Life SVG Designs

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Beautiful hand-drawn tree of life SVG designs for Cricut and other cutting machines...

I have two designs for you:

  • a simple circle tree of life cut file
  • a tree of life shadow box template

As well as a tutorial to help you make the tree of life shadow box from layers of cardstock...

Tree of life cut file SVG designs - cut from cardstock - simple circle file and shadow box template in different coloursTree of life designs cut from cardstock - shadow box (square) and simple designs (circle)

SVG, DXF, EPS & PNG file formats are included

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I love Celtic art (see my artworks page here) - and I love nature - so I really love the Tree of Life symbol.

It's a symbol that we also see in lots of other cultures and is usually in a circle, representing the circle or cycle of life, death and rebirth.

The branches reach up to heaven and so represent the celestial plane. The roots reach into the earth and represent the 'Otherworld' below. The trunk represents the earthly plane between.

In Celtic culture, the tree also represents longevity, strength and wisdom - a sense of stability and security in the seasons of year or the seasons of our life.

Tree of life cut in off-white cardstock with CricutTree of life - cut in off-white cardstock with my Cricut Maker

After creating the circle tree of life design, I was really inspired to also make it into a shadow box design - incorporating some of my hand-drawn Celtic knotwork too.

So you can take your pick whether you want a simple circle tree of life SVG design for your craft project, or if you'd like to make your tree of life into a complete shadow box to display or gift...

Maybe you'd like to make both?

Tree of life shadow box projectTree of life shadow box project template

I'll take a closer look at my tree of life SVG designs below - the simple circle design first, followed by the shadow box design with full tutorial. There's lots of colour inspiration for your own makes here, too!

Simple Circle Tree of Life SVG

Circle tree of life SVG, DXF, PNG, EPS cut fileTree of life design - simple circle

This is a simple circle design that you can use with or without the background circle (included in the file)...

Layered tree of life cut file with circle backgroundThe tree of life cut file comes with a circle background
Different effects for the tree of life cut fileChoose the effect you want for your project - with or without the background circle
Tree of life circle SVGTree of life design in cardstock

I love to cut my designs in cardstock with my Cricut Maker - it allows me to test the design and make sure it all works as intended - and also to try out some colours to inspire you too...

I cut this design first in a brown card (Sizzix textured cardstock) with a lovely yellow circle background (Cricut cardstock from the Jewel pack - Sizzix also do a similar yellow, but I'd run out). You can see that above. This shows the design cut at the size supplied (about 8 inches height).

I also tried it in an off-white card (very pale grey) against a black circle background (both Sizzix textured cardstock) - which you can see below. This is a slightly smaller size (around 6 inches height). I also think it looks fantastic against the royal blue too (Clairefontaine cardstock 160gsm) - also below...

Tree of life cut files - cardstockTree of life - two different sizes, with and without background circle
Small circle tree of life cut file in cardstock - against blue backgroundBlue and white looks beautiful!
Tree of life circle design SVGTree of life circle design SVG

You could also make other projects with the tree of life SVG cut file - I think it would look really effective on a T-shirt or sweatshirt in HTV vinyl - or how about on a tote bag, or a cushion?

Tree of life sweatshirt HTV craft idea for Cricut etcYou could use HTV vinyl to transfer the tree of life design to fabrics including T-shirts and clothing

If you've got a project in mind for the simple circle tree of life SVG design, you can download the file from my Etsy store, link right below...

Get the tree of life circle SVG from my Etsy store here

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Personal & small-business commercial use

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Tree of Life Shadow Box Project

I think this might be my favourite shadow box make to date! I loved designing and making this - I've done it in three different colours and had lots of fun experimenting so I hope it will be inspiring for you.

I'm going to show you how to make my tree of life shadow box. It's pretty easy with just four layers to cut - but so effective and looks so intricate and complicated!

I'll show you how to make the version below - off-white, red, and yellow - which is the version in the template. I also made it in other colours - greens seems a great colour choice for the tree of life theme, so I tried out a couple of these, too, so I hope it gives you some inspiration for further colour choices to make your own tree of life craft project.

Tree of life shadow box template - white, red, yellowLayered cardstock tree of life shadow box
Purple & green tree of life shadow box templatePurple and green tree of life shadow box project inspiration
Green and blue tree of life shadow box project for CricutGreen and blue tree of life shadow box project inspiration

You will need:

  • Cardstock - in 4 different colours. I'll discuss the choice of colours a little below. I used Sizzix textured cardstock throughout except for the purple tree, and the background yellow - both of which are Cricut cardstock from the Jewel pack. Sizzix do an almost identical yellow and a similar purple, but I'd run out of both of these.
  • Double-sided sticky pads - (the ones with a bit of foam) these stick the layers together and separate them a little to give a nice shadow effect. 
  • Frame - a box frame that's a little bit deeper is ideal for your shadow box project. The frame I used measures 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20cm) and the template is set to this size. Please measure your own frame size and resize the template to suit.
  • A method of cutting your cardstock layers - I used my Cricut Maker cutting machine. You can also use a different make of cutting machine or you can cut by hand using the PNG if you prefer.
Layers for the tree of life shadow box templateFour layers for the tree of life shadow box template

How to Make the Tree of Life Shadow Box

  • First - you will need to resize your template in your cutting machine program to fit your own frame. The template is 20 x 20 cm (approx 8 x 8 inches) which fits my 8 x 8 inch frame. Please measure your own frame before you start and resize the template to fit. I shift the file a little to the left in Cricut Design Space to make sure that it fits onto an A4-sized sheet of card. 
  • Choose your cardstock colours - feel free to use the colours suggested in the tree of life SVG shadow box template, one of the other colour combinations I've tried on this page, or get inspired and go for something completely different. I recommend to try and get some contrast going between the top two layers so that you can really see the intricate design - a contrast between light and dark works well. Green or brown is great for the tree if you'd like it to look natural. I also wanted to experiment with a light colour for the tree design, and when I did it in the off-white (a very pale grey) I really loved the lacy effect so I went with that as my top choice! A bright colour works well for the final background layer - there's not much of this showing through, just the centre heart and corner hearts - so you could choose a nice bright colour like yellow to make them stand out - or you can see I went more subtle in the purple and green version, with a lighter green, as these are strong colours anyway.
  • Cut your layers using your cutting machine or other cutting method you prefer. I used my Cricut Maker using intricate cardstock setting.
Layers cut and ready for the tree of life shadow box projectThe layers are cut and ready to go!

We'll start from the back and build up - so that's the bright yellow square as the very back layer - and the mustard/tan layer as the one to fit on top of it...

We just need to add double-sided sticky tabs to the back of the mustard/tan layer. I usually do three or four per side - you could even get away with just two. The important thing is to try and keep them fairly evenly spaced, but also to try and keep to the same positioning on each layer (so there's no sagging or bulging). It certainly doesn't have to be perfect, but if you can keep them roughly in the same position, your shadow box will come out much better...

Add double-sided sticky tabs to the back of the mustard/tan layerAdd double-sided sticky tabs to the back of the mustard/tan layer - you can double-up if you want more space between the layers!

Then, we need to stick the mustard/tan layer down on top of the bright yellow layer - position it carefully! I find it works well to line up the top edges of the two layers together carefully and then lower the top layer down. There's usually a bit of leeway in being able to pull the layers apart and reposition if you don't get it right first time - but be very gentle doing this so you don't crease your card!

It should look something like this, below - when you're happy with it, press to stick down firmly...

First two layers completeFirst two layers complete!

Next, it's the dark red layer - we do just the same, adding the double-sided sticky tabs around the edge on the back of the red layer. Try to get them in a similar position to the ones on the last layer!

Add double-sided sticky tabs around the edge of the back of the dark red layerAdd double-sided sticky tabs around the edge of the back of the dark red layer

And line up the top edges to position - and stick down the red layer on top of the mustard/tan layer...

It should look something like this (below)...

Red layer in placeThe red layer is in place - just the final, top, layer to go!

So we just need to add the final, top, layer that will bring everything together. We just need to repeat exactly the same process, adding the double-sided sticky tabs to the back of the top layer, around the edges, trying to get them in the same or similar positions as the previous layers...

Add double-sided sticky tabs around the edge of the tree of life layerAdd double-sided sticky tabs around the edges of the final tree of life layer

Then carefully position and stick into place - and your tree of life shadow box project is complete... (well, very nearly)!

Layered cardstock tree of life shadow box SVG projectTree of life layered cardstock project for shadow box - complete!

The one final thing we need to do is just to pop the project into a nice frame - now it's ready to display or gift...

Framed tree of life shadow boxFramed tree of life shadow box wall art
Layered tree of life wall art shadow boxLayered tree of life wall art shadow box

More Colour Inspiration for Your Tree of Life Shadow Box 

Here's some more colour inspiration for your tree of life SVG shadow box project...

Purple and green tree of life layered cardstock Cricut projectRich purple looks vibrant against all different tones of green
Green and blue tree of life design in cardstockGorgeous greens! The tree of life design looks natural in tones of green with a blue background and yellow hearts
White, red, and yellow tree of life shadow box designFrom the original template - a close-up look - white, dark red, mustard/tan, and bright yellow
Purple and green tree of life shadow box templatePurple and green tree of life shadow box

I hope you feel inspired for your own tree of life shadow box project by all the different colour ideas. If you'd like to make the project, you can get the Tree of Life SVG template for the shadow box in my Etsy store at the link right below...

Get the Tree of Life SVG shadow box template in my Etsy store here...

SVG/DXF/PNG/EPS formats

Personal & small-business commercial use

Physical (craft) products only - no digital use or sharing



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