The word mandala means circle. A mandala is circular and symmetrical. You can see mandala patterns in natural objects like the petals of a flower or the rings inside a tree or in snowflakes. You can draw mandalas or you can make them using concrete materials. Today I'd like you to make one using natural materials from the garden. How to: Step 1: Gather together materials to make your mandala. Think of materials such as flower petals, blades of grass, pine cones, leaves, pine needles, stones, sticks, anything else you find. Find a flat space to make your mandala. Step 2: Find the center of your mandala and mark it with something, e.g. a stone. Step 3: Select the first material you'll use to create your first layer. Build a circular layer around your center item and radiate your design from the inside. Step 4: Continue to add on as many layers in circles as you like. Step 5: Take a photo of the mandala before it blows away! Upload it.