What’s the idea?
Capture the essence of Summer with a little help from nature. Make your own flower mandala with pressed flowers and easy-access craft materials
What’s the story?
Summer brings with it warmth, excitement, and oodles of sunlight!
The days get longer, and the world around us bustles with life.
Sun mandalas represent the physical sun, which has long been a symbol of vitality, energy, and creativity.
Help your children capture the beauty of summer.
Not only will they learn about the power of the sun,
They will be hands-on with a nature-filled craft activity that they can hang in their bedroom window.
Creating a flower mandala is a great activity for helping children learn about what grows around them.
Plus they will learn how to press and preserve flowers!
People should do this because…?
Connecting to our planet is a valuable learning experience for children.
This activity combines tactile and sensory play, along with foraging and discovery skills.
It allows you to teach children about the importance of the sun’s light, and how it supports life on Earth.
Plus, this activity is appropriate for all ages
Younger children can assist in choosing and picking flowers, and in placing flowers in the mandala.
While older children can learn the art of flower pressing and practice different designs and colour themes with intention.
Another similar activity, which is great for kids, is making a cherry blossom tree.
How do you do it?
Making your flower mandala is a two-step process.
- Choose flowers that have just bloomed, fairly flat, and already dry from the sun.
- Lay flowers between pieces of parchment paper and place a heavy book on top to flatten the flowers.
- Heat iron to a low setting.
- Once iron is heated, remove the book and transfer parchment paper (with flowers inside) to an iron-safe surface (such as an ironing board).
- Gently press the iron on top of parchment paper for approximately 15 seconds.
- Remove the iron and allow the parchment paper to cool.
- Repeat the process until the flower is dried.
Making the flower mandala
- Cut two pieces of clear contact paper, both slightly larger than the embroidery hoop.
- Peel back from one piece of contact paper, and a secure inside embroidery hoop, sticky side facing up.
- Arrange pressed flowers in a mandala pattern on top of the contact paper. If you’re stuck for pattern inspiration, search for images of sun mandalas to guide you on placement ideas.
- Once flowers are arranged on top of the contact paper, carefully remove from the embroidery hoop.
- Peel backing from the second piece of contact paper, and carefully adhere the two pieces together, sandwiching the pressed flowers between them.
- Ensure all air bubbles are smoothed out.
- Place your design back into the embroidery hoop, and using scissors, trim the excess contact paper.
- Use string (or some form of suction cup or similar) to hang the embroidery hoop in front of the window, and capture the sun’s rays through your own nature-made sun mandala!
Stuff you may need
Press the flowers:
- Flowers of your choice (different sizes and types will give greater variety for mandala patterns)
- Parchment paper
- Iron (adult supervision required)
Make the flower mandala:
- Pressed flowers
- Clear contact paper
- Embroidery hoop
- String for hanging