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Project #139

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

9x12" Construction Paper in assorted colors
Craft Sand in assorted colors
Plastic Bowl
Tacky Glue
Paint Brush

Use construction paper and sand to create colored "sand paper" to make unique mandalas!


  • Step 1
    Using the SAFE-T Compass, draw a circle measuring 8-1/2" in diameter on a piece of construction paper. Mix four parts glue to one part water. Brush glue mixture onto the circle shape.
  • Step 2
    Sprinkle sand onto glue. Allow it to dry. Brush away excess sand.
  • Step 3
    Repeat Steps 1 & 2 to make additional colors of sanded-paper. Each student will need one black base paper and three or four colors to complete a mandala (students can share scraps). Cut out each colored circle.
  • Step 4
    To make designs, fold one circle into fourths. If desired, use the pencil to draw designs. Cut out the design like you would when making a snowflake. (Save the scraps to use later.)
  • Step 5
    Glue shape on black base.

  • Step 6
    Continue making shapes and gluing them onto the base until design is complete.

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