3D Paper Train Mini Tutorial using the Cricut Explore Air 2

Here are a few tips, tricks, and details on recreating the 3D Paper train.


Materials Used:

Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Design Space
3D Paper Train Set (click ->here)
Patterned Card stock (for outside/inside liners)
Glitter Card stock
Plain Card Stock (for train base)
Variety of Embellishments
ZIG 2-Way Glue Pen
Glue Gun/Glue Stick


I uploaded the train set SVGs to Design Space. There are a total of 15 image pages that consist of the pattern pieces for the engine (6), car (3), and caboose (6). It helped to load them and label them in number page order. This made assembling each train compartment easier. I referred to the train set catalog for this process. The catalog was very helpful and tells you what pattern pieces correlate to the part of the train you are building. Once the images were uploaded, I made adjustments and cut them out in design space.

Note: I worked on each train compartment separately and saved them as separate files, instead of selecting all the image pages at once.

Starting with a fresh and new project page, I selected the “upload image” on the side bar. Then, I selected image pages 1-6. This consisted of the engine base, inside liners, outside liners, bumper, undercarriage, smoke stack and wheels. I made the following adjustments in order to cut them to my preference:
-I did not resize any of the images. The size was perfect.
-I ungrouped the images and had to attach the fold lines to each image that needed them. Skipping this step will put the fold lines on another mat when cutting!!
-I changed the color on a few pieces depending on what color card stock I was using for that specific train part. I decided to keep the base and wheels all one color.
-I used the cut technique for the fold lines vs. using the scoring stylus. I preferred that look and it made it much easier to fold the smaller pieces.

After making the adjustments, I proceeded to cut the images out. To maximize my paper usage, I re-arranged them to fit closer together on the mat.

Once all of the images were cut, I used the assembly pdf to assemble the engine together.

I repeated steps 2-4 for the other train compartments.

After each train compartment was assembled, I added my personal touch by decorating using embellishments and other craft items I had lying around in my craft room.

I had so much fun creating this project. Hopefully, this mini tutorial will be helpful if you are thinking about making one yourself. If you have any questions with this project, feel free to ask.

Be empowered to create!!


5 thoughts on “ 3D Paper Train Mini Tutorial using the Cricut Explore Air 2

  1. Thank you! And it’s quite alright. It was probably something on my end. I just revamped the whole site. My friends weren’t seeing some of my posts either. My husband acts as my 2nd set of eyes so he’s been giving me feedback. I have been fiddling around with the site and think I’m finally getting into a groove. There is still so much to learn. But yes, I am actually enjoying blogging a lot. I’m on maternity leave now so hopefully I will be able to keep this up when I return to work. It’s been great having time to actually spend time in my craft room!!

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  2. Sorry I have been so rubbish and missed loads of posts. I did check back a couple of times but either there was some techie problem or it was before you really got going, or else I am just an idiot! Anyway this train is fab. Great colours and very professional looking. I hope you are enjoying blogging as much as you are enjoying crafting!


  3. Thank you! It did take some time to cut out and piece it together. Especially because I didn’t really know what I was doing. I was learning as I went. The wheels and the smoke stack were the most challenging.


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