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String Art Mandala - Project #211

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: None

General Materials:
Metal Needle
Embroidery Floss or Craft Thread
Graph Paper
Assorted Colors of Construction Paper
Glue Stick
Colored Pencils
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  • Step 1
    Cut a sheet of graph paper into an 8-1/2" square and glue to the back of a sheet of construction paper.
  • Step 2
    Cut off the excess construction paper, leaving the graph paper square.
  • Step 3
    Cut one 8-1/2" circle out of construction paper. Cut three more circles, each one at least 1" smaller than the previous.
  • Step 4
    Center and trace the circles onto the graph paper. Draw dissecting lines, dividing your circles into 12-16 equal sections and creating guidelines for the design.
  • Step 5
    Center and glue the circles onto the construction paper side of the paper. See our YouTube video for tips for easy centering.
  • Step 6
    Poke holes through the paper where the dissecting lines and circles meet.
  • Step 7
    Using colored pencils to match the colors of your craft thread, draw your mandala design on the graph paper, using the guidelines for reference.
  • Step 8
    Select a color of craft thread matching one of the pencil lines and begin sewing the design, using the colored guidelines.
  • Step 9
    Repeat until all colors have been stitched onto the paper, creating a mandala.
  • Optional Tip
    Experiment with different color combinations.

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