Sunday, September 26, 2010

Seed and Spice Mandala

~ An Autumn Inspired Mandala ~

A magnet for your fridge... a center piece for your fall table...something decorative for the wall or (as Luna decided) a fairy home table top!

To create these you will need

Seeds and spices
Craft glue
White paint
An old cd
Spray varnish (if you choose)
A couple good magnets for the back or a paper clip and glue gun to attach it to the back (for a way to hang it).

First collect some seeds and spices that appeal to you. We used turmeric, alfalfa seeds, amaranth seeds and paprika.

Find an old cd that you no longer need...

Painted the cd white. Let it dry. Then draw any kind of geometrical design that inspires you.

Next, starting in the center of the cd, outline the inner design carefully with craft glue. Shake on your seed or spice of choice. Then shake off the excess.
Do this for each part of the mandala, going outwards.
Then if you choose, spray it with a glaze. This protects it and gives it a beautiful glossy finish.

There you have it!

Luna peeking out of the mandala ~ her soon to be fairy table top.

I would like to end by sharing this quote

You have noticed that everything as Indian does
is in a circle, and that is because the
Power of the World always works in circles,
and everything tries to be round.....
The Sky is round, and I have heard
that the earth is round like a ball,
and so are all the stars.
The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nest in circles,
for theirs is the same religion as ours....
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.
Black Elk (1863-1950)
Oglala Sioux Holy Man

Autumn love and light to you all

~ Shanti ~

p.s. my girls love coloring mandalas ~ If you think your lovelies may enjoy that too, check out this free mandala coloring site


  1. Very pretty craft - and thanks for the link.

  2. These would make pretty Christmas tree decorations, too! We do them on cardboard "shapes" that we've cut out...adding cloves gives them sweet! Luna looks so much like her mama (nose down) in that close up!

  3. i am in love with your mandala!!!!!! just so pretty! i'm looking for an old cd right now! i've found a few mandala coloring books over the years. my son likes to make his own.

  4. I love this idea, you always have such wonderful things to make, thank you for the inspirations and this fabulous link, my daughter will love it!!!

    Have a beautiful week. xxx

  5. great use for all of those old CDs I have laying around!!

  6. Your creative uses for old CDs astounds me. A definite upcycling project. CDs never knew they could look *so* good :-)

  7. What a wonderful project. My girls would love this. Thanks for sharing. You are always such an inspiration.

  8. this is the prettiest reuse of cds i have ever seen! bravo!

  9. This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time! I love it!

  10. Totally cool and so pretty! Please sell these!

  11. This is a fantastic craft - LOVE IT. For more information on Mandalas & their use around the world visit

  12. Wow! I love it. I just asked Dh if he could round up any of his old CD's that he wouldn't mind parting with!

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