- Use fabric to create an applique or quilted design. You may want to start small by creating a simple wall hanging, but as your skill develops, you can easily make table runners, place mats, throws and even a full size quilt. Applique or quilted mandalas are also used to enhance the appearance of tote bags and can be used on clothing.
- Create a garden focal point. Try using stones, sea glass, glass nuggets or even marbles to create a mandala in the soil in your flower garden. Add a tiny fairy house and miniature furniture to complete the scene. Mandalas made in the soil can also serve as the base for bird feeders and bird baths and create an interesting focal point in the garden. Consider a meandering path of stones that ends at a colorful mandala.
- Plant a Mandala: If you enjoy gardening, you may enjoy the challenge of planting flowers to create a colorful mandala when they are in full bloom. Sketch your design on paper and then transfer it to the soil using twine or other markers to outline the mandala. If you prefer, you can use stones, pavers or even natural twigs to outline the mandala sections, but this is optional. Vary the color, size and texture of both the blooms and the foliage as you create a repeating pattern to fill in your mandala. Consider multi-colored succulents for your plant mandala.
- Sand Mandalas: Get the whole family involved when you visit the beach and make a giant mandala in the sand. Challenge little ones to collect shells, stones and sea glass to fill in the mandala. Adults can add miniature sand sculptures or create a 3-D outline of the mandala with sand.
- Digital Mandalas: If you prefer working with digital images, try your hand at making mandalas from some of your favorite photos. You can either create a collage in the shape of a mandala keeping each photo complete or use manipulation software that transforms an image into a mandala.
Working with mandalas can be a lot of fun and can be therapeutic, too. Many believe that you can benefit from mandala therapy simply by focusing on your mandala during meditation. Creating, drawing or coloring mandalas is relaxing and helps to reduce stress.