Feeling Unbalanced? Make a DIY “Wheel of Life”

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Last night, something really strange happened. So strange that I’m certain I won’t be able to explain it very well in this post.

But I’ll try in a moment.

First, be sure to come out to your local Michaels Arts & Craft store this Sunday, February 16 from 1-4 p.m. for the Michaels and Hometalk.com Pinterest Party! (Hometalk.com is the largest social network for home and garden enthusiasts).

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The project you see below, along with several others, will be available for you to make. Just buy your materials and let’s get craftin’! I’ll be at the Rockville, Maryland Michael’s store being the blogger-represent, helping customers with their projects! So if you want to get your craftin’ on, check this list for all the Michaels that will have bloggers there. But remember, Michaels stores nationwide will be hosting this event!

(And if you follow Michael’s on Hometalk, you are entered to win a $100 Michaels gift card. Five winners will be announced on Hometalk’s Facebook page on Feb 17, after the party).  Hope to see you there!

Now on to my project I created for the Pinterest Party–

I created this project only to find out this morning that it resembles something Buddhists have been drawing on Buddhists temples for thousands of years.

Yeah, I know…….Weird, right??

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Let me explain–

Lately I’ve been suffering from a condition called “my-life-is-not-balanced–crap-I-need-balanceeee.”

So when Hometalk.com, the largest online community for home and garden enthusiasts (are you a member?) invited me as a host for Michael’s arts and crafts “Pinterest Party” this Sunday, February 16 at the Michael’s in Rockville, Maryland, I wanted to use the materials list we were provided to make something that was unique and personal, and most importantly, something that spoke to what I’ve been struggling with lately.

I chose the stretched burlap canvas……


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…and 8 wooden banner triangles….

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…and created this– what I now realize is a Wheel of Life, according to Buddhists.


The Resemblance is Uncanny……

What I didn’t realize when I finished this project last night is that I unknowingly channeled this Buddhist image (known as bhavacakra, which means “wheel of life”), which has been found on outside walls on Tibetan Buddhist temples.

What the—?????!!!


Where Did THAT Inspiration Come From?!

I couldn’t tell ya. I have no idea.

I’ve never even seen this Buddhist Wheel of Life before. Never even heard the term. But down to the finest detail of a “CIRCLE” in the middle, our images are almost identical.

What’s even freakier is that in the pic above, some crazy guy is holding his wheel of life, just as I am below.

And–no lie– my husband snapped this picture this morning. So many resemblances.

Only I don’t have fangs. ;)

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But seriously…how strange is that?! It makes me wonder if our creativity is really just our inner, authentic spirit speaking to us.


Well, I’m listening loud and clear now.


So How Do You Make Your Own DIY Wheel of Life?

Okay, enough squealing over this amazing coincidence. (WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO HERE)

What I like about this project is that every day…..every week….every month….you can erase and change your goals, making sure that each of the slices of your life get enough love and nurturing. It’s so important.


Materials Needed:

*2 stretch burlap canvas board from Michael’s (about $10)
* wooden banners from Michael’s ($1.00 each)
*Cardstock in rainbow colors
*Paper cutter or scissors
*Hot glue
*Black sharpie marker
*Chalkboard paint (if banners are not already chalkboard)


STEP 1: Get Geometrical!

Lay out all the banner pieces on the stretched burlap to form this shape. These “slices” will represent one important area of your life for which you want to create goals and balance.



Grab some cardstock and get make Roy G. Biv (red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet, for all y’all folks that don’t know). Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut slips of cardstock to fit on top of the banner. You’ll use these as the labels, and to cover the holes.



STEP 3: Chalk, Chalk, Baby

Okay, so I made a fatal error (gasp!!). I forgot to prime the before spraying on the chalkboard paint. Because of that, I’ll probably not get as durable a finish. But you know what?? For only a dollar each, who cares?

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STEP 4: Prime Time

Don’t forget to “prime” your chalkboard banners. Run chalk over them like this to “set” get the chalkboard surface ready for writing.


STEP 5: Color Pie

Use Mod Podge to glue each of the colors to the top of the chalkboard banner. You should be left with this:

(P.S. This is why I love this project– all the colors of the rainbow representing harmony and balance. Woo-sahhhhhh……. And  the burlap lends to the metaphor that life is “rough.” Get it?? :) )


STEP 6: Pass Me the Glue Gun and Marker!

Now glue each of the slices down in the pattern you designated. Use a fat marker to label your slices of life :). You can stencil the names on, to make it look more neat.


STEP 7: The Heart of the Matter

Add a circle in the middle. Label it whatever you like. I like “Balance” as a reminder. Use hot glue to secure it.


STEP 8: Get Balanced!

Now you’ve got a cute way to select goals for each of the important areas of your life. When you’re done with one goal, erase it, and pick a new one! :)



The most important lesson here is to be mindful of all parts of your life. It’s so easy to get consumed by one area. For me, it’s blogging. I looooovvvveee what I do. But as a result, I ignore my poor husband in the evenings. And my health suffers from lack of sleep or exercise from hours and hours of sitting in front of the computer. Hopefully after this project, I’ll find my perfect balance.

Do you ever feel off balance? What do you do to get your life back in order?


P.S. Be sure to follow Michael’s on Hometalk to enter to win a $100 Michaels gift card. Five winners will be announced on Hometalk’s FB page on Feb 17, after the party.



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Hey there, I'm Serena, a 37-year-old working mom of 3 young boys who can't get enough DIY! If you actually made it to the bottom of this post to read this, it means you're really enjoy my blog. That means SO much. If I can inspire just one person through my passion and energy for DIY, then I'm fulfilling my life's purpose. Thanks for joining me, and I hope you'll subscribe so we can keep in touch! ~Serena

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  1. Meredith says:

    This project is amazing! It really resonated with me today! Thank you Serena! <3 it. Keep it up.

    • Meredith, this makes me happy to hear!! I’m glad I could strike a chord in you :) It was sort of a powerful moment for me, too, discovering that what I had created has ancient roots. And I had no idea….smh…. LOL Thanks for commenting!!

  2. This is my favorite of all of the projects that I’ve seen posted for the party on Sunday. I like that you can keep this on your desk or on your kitchen counter as a reminder of what you want to do. I get so bogged down in what I have to do that I often feel that my own personal wants and needs don’t get taken care of. Great job on this project, Serena!

    • Paula, wow, really?! What a compliment! I know some of the ladies really pulled out some cute projects, but I just couldn’t follow the herd :) This was speaking to me way too deeply :) I’m not sure where I’ll keep it yet, but somewhere visible for sure! I want to hold myself accountable. Thanks so much for commenting!

  3. Nikki says:

    Wow what a great idea! I need to create one for myself.

    • Nikki, hey! It’s so simple, you could do it in 1 hour! Someone on my FB today suggested adhering the pieces with velcro so you can remove them as you achieve your goal. LOVE that idea!!! Thanks for commenting!

  4. What an awesome idea, I love how simple it is yet so impacting. Thank you so much for this idea. I think it would be fun to maybe do a family wheel. Hrm now my thinking cap is on thanks so much for the idea

  5. Sonia says:

    I went to JoAnns looking for the banners and could not find. I am trying to figure out a way to make this awesome project with items I already have (on a tight budget) so, I already have regular stretched canvas that I was going to just paint on. the chalk paint I have is purple. Since i cant find the banners …I thought i would just paint the triangles on the canvas….using purple chalk paint …Is the canvas too porous for the chalk paint to work on it? . I do have a glue gun and card stock…just limited color paper. What do you guys think?

    • Hi Sonia! How exciting you’re going to make this project! Let’s see….. I think doing it on a canvas you already have is totally fine. You could even do it on a piece of scrap wood (if you have one lying around. And I think the chalk paint would hold chalk, too. If you wanted to buy supplies, and you have a Michael’s around, I actually saw the paper chalkboard banners in a booklet-type thing. I think it was $10. But if you used one of their coupons, you could get it for less. As for the cardstock, you can use white paper and color it in with crayons or markers if you wanted! Or, you can use your own scrapbook paper for something more decorative instead of the “balance” color wheel. Be creative, and don’t feel you’re limited! :) Thanks for commenting, and when you’re done, email me your finished project!

  6. Mari says:

    I really need to do this, lately my life has been so hectic, it’s not even funny. I love doing things for others, but I hardly do anything for myself. This project will be my cheat-cheat to remind myself I also deserve “me time”.

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