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  • Enlighten Your Room With A Mandala Pillow

    If you have never tried Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, now is the time! It's a calming craft that results in beautiful sparkly art. Your masterpiece doesn't have to sit in a drawer or taped to a wall—you can sparkle up phone cases, throw pillows, storage boxes, bags, whatever your imagination allows.

    Mandala—not just a pretty circle

    Today's tutorial takes you through the steps to create your own mandala pillow. The circular shape of a mandala symbolizes unity, eternity, wholeness, perfection. Additional elements give each mandala an even deeper meaning. We've noticed that mandalas are hypnotic, and bring a sense of peace and comfort to a room. We couldn't think of a better place to display our Blue Mandala than a cozy pillow.

    Blue Mandala Pillow - DIY Diamond Art
    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz - Blue Mandala Kit #50454

    You can use this tutorial for other pillows as well, just pick your Diamond Art kit, which include three additional mandalas: Sun Mandala, Mandala and Moon Mandala.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz kits: Sun Mandala #49304; Mandala #49301; Moon Mandala #50448

    SUPPLIES

    • A Diamond Art Canvas (Blue Mandala Kit)
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (fabric glue, hot glue, etc.)
    • Color-Coordinated Pillow (Type and size may vary, but MUST have a solid surface, no fur/velvet)
    • Scissors
    • Sewing Thread & Needle (embroidery floss, thick sewing thread, etc.)
    • OPTIONAL — Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, beads, etc.)

    Get Started on Your Pillow

    1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas

    Diamond Art doesn't have a big learning curve. It is a leisurely craft that allows you to easily put the canvas away for later. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week; it's up to you!

    2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design.

    3. Create Your Trim 

    Our canvas frays minimally, so don't have to worry about lining or sewing your edges. But, if you would like the extra support, carefully line the edges of your cut-out canvas with embroidery floss or thread. (We did sew the edges of our design in the photo above, because we liked the look of the border.)

    4. Craft Your Pillow

    Get to work on placing your design onto the center of your throw pillow using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to layout flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. If you're worried about our gems falling off, don't be! Our adhesive keeps our gems intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns. 

    6. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your pillow one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, or placing a gem here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then voila! You have a decorative and dazzling mandala pillow.

    If you try your hand at this project, please share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? your wish is our command! Check out our other projects at DIY Diamond Art Tutorials.

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • What's Everyone Creating? #LeisureArts

    We've gathered up more posts that you have shared on the Internet tagged #leisurearts for one of our favorite blog posts! We love to see what everyone's working on, and now we're going to share that inspiration with you.

    Don't Throw In The Towel

    Crochet-A-La-Dia created this Daisy Set and shared it with us on Pinterest! The colors couldn't be better to brighten up a kitchen! Want to make this set yourself? Find it in Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders.

    Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders #5733

    Baby Activities Cubed

    We love it when people get inspiration from us and make the projects their own! Agnesa Istokova posted an adorable in-progress activity cube on Pinterest! Love that elephant! Another activity cube, this one from Christina Avgoustidou, comes complete with the sun and rain clouds. We can just picture baby spending lots of hours playing and learning with these! Inspired by Play & Learn Activity Cubes, you're sure to find a cube that fits the baby in your life!

    Seeing Double

    Alicia James' daughter kept herself busy creating this Heart Unicorn (pictured right) after finishing up her reading and math for the day, while her mother was on Zoom doing professional development hours. While at Elizabeth-Herring's house, Elizabeth was finishing her latest diamond painting—Fun Unicorn (pictured left). Don't you think they're both magical?

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Fun Unicorn Design #49291 & Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY Diamond Painting Beginner Heart Unicorn Kit #50464

    Dreams of a White Christmas

    Cindi Louis has been using the White Christmas in Thread Crochet book for years. She shared this charming photo with us on Facebook showing the tree skirt and garland she created. She says she's halfway done with the garland, which is 60-feet long, and plans to finish it this year along with more of the snowflakes.

    White Christmas in Thread Crochet #3232

    All You Knit Is Love

    Infinite Yarns posted a gorgeous heirloom baby gift set including a hand-knitted pattern from our Adorable Baby Cardigans book. We know at least one baby will be classy and comfortable very soon!

    Stay Calm And Color

    Jaya Prakash Mateti posted this beautiful mandala page on Facebook from one of our Color Art For Everyone coloring books. We don't have this mandala book anymore, but we have many fantastic coloring books to choose from.

    Preparing For The Holidays

    It looks like Norma Davis celebrated #ChristmasInJuly along with us this year. She posted this enchanting Christmas afghan on Facebook, and we're loving the hint of glitter! We've got plenty of Christmas afghans and other holiday decor to choose from!

    Pretty As A Peacock

    The peacock's colors and "thousand eyes" on its tail promote fame and good luck in feng shui, and enhance protection and awareness. Ramya Sabari created and posted this mesmerizing Diamond Art Peacock, available as a kit with everything you need.

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Peacock Design #49940

    Let's Chime In

    Schmelzgranulat shared this beauty, created by Sonja, with us on Pinterest. We are impressed by the color and light! You can get started in crafts just like this with Melted Pony Bead Art.

    A Blanket Statement

    Stefani Lynn created this intricate afghan and shared it with us on Facebook. Classic comfort at its best. Check out Aran Afghans, and create your own!

    Thin Green Line

    Theresa Hanson posted this Thin Green Line afghan on Facebook, and we adore it—such a loving way to show support for the men and women of our military and/or federal law enforcement agents. Theresa used our American flag pattern in Honoring Our Veterans, with the green, white and black color scheme.

    We love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. Maybe we'll pick yours to feature in our next #LeisureArts Hashtag blog post.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Plastic Canvas Gifts For Teenagers

    Top Plastic Canvas Gifts For Teens

    Instead of purchasing gifts this year, use your plastic canvas crafting skills to create something personal and unique. Teenagers can be hard to find gifts for, but we've got some ideas for gifts unique plastic canvas gifts they will love.

    1. A Set of Plastic Canvas Games: This portable Box of Games will take the "board-om" out of family gatherings and traveling for teenagers. Get them off their phones and start a new holiday tradition with Tic-Tac-Toe, Dominoes, Checkers, and Backgammon. Get started on this unique plastic canvas gift now with the Games People Play ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Games For Teens

    2. Fun Coasters To Match Their Interests: Create colorful, eye-catching coasters to protect the furniture of the teens on your list. They will love the fun designs. Create a palette for the artist or a piano for the music lover. Make unique coasters for the teenagers on your list now with the Big Book Of Coasters.

    Plastic Canvas Coasters For Teens

    3. A Little Storage Chest: This plastic canvas keepsake box is a gift that teenagers will actually use. The tiny chest is ideal for holding watches, rings, keys, change, or other trinkets a teenager might have. Create this gift now with the Treasure Chest ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Chest For Teens

    4. A Little Mandala: Create this cute plastic canvas design for the teenager on your list. Traditionally, the shield's hoop circle, which represents the never-ending balance of life, is decorated with images that hold significance to the owner - So make it a bonding experience, and create these fun pieces together! Get the ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Mandala For Teens

    5. Road Sign Magnets For The Car Lover: Stop! Yield! One Way! Our playful road sign magnets will certainly be a great gift for teens who are just starting to drive. The miniature speed limit sign will also make an amusing gift for a lead-footed friend! Create them now with the Road Sign Magnets ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Magnets For Teens

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Plastic Canvas Gift Giving Guide.

  • Mandala

    Stuck at home today due to snow storm. I think it will melt by tomorrow so I will not go stir crazy. To help the day move along faster I covered up under my favorite fleece blanket, pulled out my stack of Leisure Arts coloring books, and colors. I chose the new Mandala coloring books that Leisure Arts just released. I used my florescent color pencils, metallic color pencils, and glittery gel pens that I found at Barnes and Noble.

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    The Mandala is very therapeutic. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (and this is abbreviated), the Mandala is a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol and it is often a symbolic pattern usually in the form of a circle. When coloring a Mandala, I like to pick 7 colors and repeat them in order. I find that when I color it relaxes me.

    The hardest part in coloring is picking colors and deciding what materials I want to use to color: color pencils, color pens, crayons, and color gel-pens. I will tell you this, I used a violet shade color pencil to color a part of this Mandala and I had difficulty keeping it sharpened. My lead kept breaking because I had dropped the pencil and it broke the lead into several pieces inside. So try not to drop your colored pencils. One more thing, when coloring a Mandala work inside out so nothing smears. So go bring out your inner child and color. Ask your friends over for a coloring party. Put on your favorite music and get your coloring on. Have fun playing with your box of crayons!

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