The word mandala is Sanskrit for circle. The circular shape symbolises how nature doesn’t begin or end, but is always connected. For example, the seasons cycle from spring, through summer, autumn and winter and back to spring again.
You will need:
- A bag or basket to collect natural materials
- A flat surface like a table, tiled or wooden floor, or lawn
Step 1: go on an expedition to collect natural materials for your mandala in your local area or garden. Try to find a few of the same thing as this will help with your shape (for example four pine cones, eight purple flowers). Look out for different colours and shapes.
Only pick flowers from your garden, and only take what you need – leave plenty for pollinators!