Here are the three that I made for the swap using handmade papers, cut into shapes, and glued onto playing cards. Playing cards were chosen because they are sturdy and the exact dimensions of an ATC card (2 ½ x 3 ½ inches).
After the glue dried I took them across the hall into the sewing studio and stitched them, then made backs for them. Then the backs were sewn to the fronts. To finish, they were each coated with a layer of modge podge. Ta Da!
When teaching people how to make mandalas I usually illustrate the simple concept using flat geometric blocks, showing that the design kind of tells you how to make it, by following your various initial decisions. Preschoolers can make mandalas using these blocks.
Once you show it with blocks, then it’s easy to do it with colored pencils, crayons, markers etc. It’s also fun to use clay. Kids pick this up the mandala concept really quickly. Adults tend to analyze it, do way too much talking about it, and are extremely concerned with wanting to make one that is perfect.
Fortunately, all mandalas seem to look great by simply following the one and only rule, and that is you have to keep the design in balance by doing the same thing on the other side. Everyone can do it! It’s so relaxing, centering and focusing.
Here’s one created by an adult woman with markers at Baha'i Sunday School, illlustrating one of the principles of the Baha'i Faith.
And another Baha'i School student, age 14, using a fine tipped Sharpie and colored pencils
Michelle created a coloring book that she offers for sale, and download free pages at
Now, into the mail go my three mandalas for the swap. Wonder what I’ll be getting in return? It’s always a pleasant surprise!