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Want to know how to make your own summer mandala’s? Just follow the instructions below!
All you need is:
- Yarn. I used Cotton 8 from Scheepjes, available in lots of colors and cotton is one of the most durable threads out there so that’s a big plus. I’ve used the colours 663, 665, 723, 724 en 725 (available on Deramores or Woolwarehouse)
- Translucent string (or maybe some cute ribbons, that would be awesome too!)
- Wallpaper adhesive
- Slab of wood and tinfoil
For this project I didn’t design my own patterns (hey, part of experience is knowing your own limits right? Well let’s just say the doily/mandala-part of my skill tree is a bit underdeveloped). I’ve used various patterns you can find on Pinterest. I’ve made:
- this one in 724 (petrol),
- this one in 725 (sea blue) ,
- this one twice in 665 (light bluegreen, small version, omit the outer two rows and create a small picot in the point of each bow) and in 723 (emerald, complete pattern).
- this one, in 663 (mint)
When you’ve finished the patterns, wetblock them. It helps to get the shape right and although in the glue-stage they will deform a little bit, it really really helps!
Next it’s time to get your wallpaper adhesive ready. I just followed the instructions on the package. You really need a tiny, tiny amount. I made the mixture with 20 grams of powder and I had about 90% of the glue left. Once your glue is ready, apply it to your mandalas’s using a spongy brush (or any brush you’ve got on hand). I’ve put mine on a board covered in tin foil, to make sure I didn’t glue them to the surface. Really saturate the pieces with glue but make sure that there are no big blobs left. I made sure by sponging my brush over the mandala’s a couple of times. make sure your mandala’s are in shape (you can easily pull them out of shape if they’re saturated with glue) and leave them be.
Really leave them be. If the glue instructions said 24 hours, take 48. Really, it takes a long time for them to dry completely. They will look squishy and soft right up until the end. Then suddenly the will become rock solid!
And then you’re nearly finished! All you have to do is tie some string or ribbon to your doilies and give them a place to sparkle and shine in the sunlight!
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