DIY Mandala Yoga Mat

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

I love being able to DIY up EVERYTHING and that extends to things you might not normally think to DIY. When I found some gorgeous hippie-style mandala wall tapestries on Amazon I ordered SEVERAL. I was so pleased with the quality for the inexpensive price I paid and am super excited to have a good handful of tutorials coming at you using these gorgeous pieces of fabric over the coming months.

When I saw this particular tapestry with its dark navy background and bright pink, orange and teal mandala in the center I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. The very moment I saw it I thought “that’s going to be my new yoga mat”.

Now I wasn’t terribly sure how well this was going to work out and I was NOT about to ruin an expensive mat so I bought one for about $11, also off of Amazon. The good news is I didn’t ruin a dang thing. Huzzah! My mat is just about the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen and I’m SO KEEN to get started on my journey to be a regular yogini!

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

For this project you will need:

  • Yoga mat
  • Tacky glue
  • Cheap bristled brush
  • Scissors
  • Mandala style tapestry wall hanging
  • Clothespins
  • Wax paper

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

First up you’re going to need a tapestry wall hanging. In amazon search for “tapestry wall hanging” and tons will pop up, some as cheap as like $7! Woot! This particular one cost me about $10.

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

You’ll also need a yoga mat. This one is super thin and cost about $10, also. A quick note, the stinking folds in this thing are  a BEAR to get out.

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

Apparently everybody with four legs LOVES this thing so perhaps we are off to a good start!

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

Spread out your tapestry and decide what part of it you’d like on your mat. I really wanted the center right smack dab there in the center of the mat but I felt like that would have wasted far too much of this gorgeous fabric. I decided instead to use half of the mandala and place it off center on the mat.

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

Trim your fabric to have 1-2 inches of extra off of each side of the mat.

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

Working in sections about a foot wide begin brushing Tacky Glue onto the mat. Roll the fabric onto the glued sections smoothing it out as you go along the length of the mat.

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

Now since I don’t have tons and tons of unused floor space (like in guest room that isn’t currently full of baskets and baskets of clean laundry) I used a closet door to dry the mat and fabric out. Allow the glue to dry for a few hours and then apply glue to the edge and the underside of the remaining fabric. Fold the fabric inward to the back and use clothespins to keep it securely in place while drying.

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

To make things easier than what I went through cut a small piece of wax paper and place it on either side of the yoga mat in between the fabric and the wood of the pins. I didn’t do this and I have been peeling some wood away where the pins got stuck to the fabric when the glue inevitably seaped out a bit through the weave of the fabric.

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

Once dry head out to your serene spot and get your yoga on!

Have the most amazing yoga mat in the studio with this simple mandala yoga mat tutorial!

Now isn’t that just the most gorgeous yoga mat you’ve ever seen? I am in LOVE with it!