Easy DIY Mandalas

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A mandala is a sacred space, often a circle, which reveals some inner truth about you or the world around you. I thought this would be an awesome project for my girls and I , after all it’s hot here in Scottsdale, and we’re already looking for a little peace.

I stumbled upon some sweet neon Sharpies on display at Target! Perfect score for fun, summer projects, and with this easy trick, the process of making your own Mandala is easy, and offers some relaxing fun.

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Easy Make Mandalas

Family Rating- 4-100 ( Picky preteen approved)

Learning: Shapes/ You could do a little math- sigh.. we didn’t!

Time: 1-2 hours or less, your choice!

What you will need:

  • Neon sharpies
  • Glue stick
  • Sketch pencil ( the more dark and smudgy, the better!
  • Plate to trace
  • Lightweight copy paper
  • Black or dark card stock or colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Wooden spoon- to rub design
  • Hole punch,
  • String or yarn to hang if desired

Instructions: 

  1. Use a dinner plate to trace your circle onto white paper.
  2. Carefully cut your circle out.
  3. Fold the circle in half once and then in half again. You should now have a “ pie” with 8 folded sections or pieces.
  4. Draw a design on one section (the first) of your pie. For smaller kids, keep the designs larger and simpler. Start from the inside of the crease maybe with a circle, and then draw your design out to the edges of the pie. Larger designs are faster to color. The more intricate for the design, the more coloring patience required.
  5. Fold the design over onto the next piece of the pie so the drawn section is on top of the empty pie piece and ready to be rubbed onto the empty pie piece next to it. Use the wooden spoon to rub the design off, until it appears on the next portion. Re-trace if needed and keep rubbing off your original design until it is transferred to each section of your mandala.
  6. Go over your transfer lines with a dark pencil and color. Don’t forget your color choices are a big part of your mandala, and expressing yourself and your emotion. Talk about what emotions colors represent or the thought behind your color choices.
  7. Mount on black card stock or colored paper. We used glue stick. Hole punch and hang for effect and for fun !

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The Mandala project was fun, the coloring process was relaxing- it made for a great group activity . For extra flair and fun these would be a great accent to hang from your children’s bedroom ceiling, in front of a window for extra color  or above a child’s bed!

Happy coloring- go find your sacred space and savor the simple things this summer!

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