Smoothfoam is a great surface for a beaded mandala wallhanging because it holds the pins tightly. A stencil makes it easier to lay out your beads.
12″ Smoothfoam disc
13” circle of burlap
Fabric or craft paint
Assorted wood and glass beads
1″ head pins, straight pins
Tacky glue, hot glue
Scissors, sponge, paintbrush, black pen
Center and glue the burlap to the disc. Snip into the burlap around the edge of the circle and wrap around the edge of the disc, overlapping the snip pieces as you glue. Use straight pins to hold the burlap in place until dry.
Center your stencil on top of the disc and pin down. Use a damp sponge brush to apply paint through stencil and let dry.
Hot-glue rope around edge of disc. Pin beads into the surface as desired within the stencil design.
Dot some paint with the end of the paintbrush to accent points in the design, then outline stenciled areas with black pen.