Art Level 3 – Henna


I asked my older kids if they’d like to try their hands at henna.  It was a resounding “yes!”

Before the class, I asked them to look up the different types of henna design styles found all over the world.  They were to wear shorts and tank tops, because many of them have jobs, and most jobs don’t like visible body art.

On the day of the class, I explained the differences between natural henna and black henna.  If you don’t know what black henna is, give yourself a few minutes, and Google “black henna scar.”   True henna is never black, and it never smells like a chemical.  This was a chance to educate them, and I think they got it.  I also went over the process of making henna, how to care for it, and how to remove the paste.

I laid out sheets of designs from e-books I purchased and printed for them to use as inspiration.  Then, I gave them each a glove, a paper towel, and a cone of henna, and let them go to it.


I wanted to keep the instruction to a minimum and just let them explore, and they had a blast.  Some even came back at lunch to practice more!  Here are some fun pictures of our henna class:



They were worried that they weren’t experts.  I reminded them that no one just wakes up and is automatically an ‘expert’ at something.  Well… maybe breathing.


3 responses »

  1. This is wonderful, and just what I was looking for. I’m hoping to post a very insightful post about Henna, and it would be amazing if I could hear from you about you (or someone you know) success story with henna. I just want to know how long your henna lasted, how well it colored, etc. Hope to hear back!

    • Henna usually lasts about a week, depending on the placement of the body (thickness of skin), and how heavy the line is. Most henna will darken to a nice, deep, walnut brown.

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