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DIY Zen Garden

When I first came to Free People, I remember falling in love with the giant zen garden that was in the lobby. It was filled with crochet-covered rocks and tiny little trinkets, and FP girls would draw all different designs in the sand to help calm and relax their minds. Zen gardens are beautiful to look at, and they help you to stay in the moment as you arrange and re-arrange their contents. I love the idea of keeping one at my desk to use whenever I need to regroup my thoughts or zone out for a moment. Here’s how to make one of your own.


Zen garden materials

A shallow bowl (I used a glass one), fine sand or gravel, pebbles, paint, crochet doileys, and any other trinkets you desire.

There’s no right or wrong way to construct a zen garden. Just fill your bowl with sand or rocks and arrange objects as you please!

Painted rocks

I painted a few rocks with nail polish and puff paint, and wrapped another in crochet.

Crochet rock

I also constructed a little wooden rake out of coffee stirrers – I’m going to use this to make different designs in the sand!

Mini rake

DIY zen garden

I’m so happy with how this little creation turned out. It was so much fun to do. What an excellent gift this would make, as well!!

DIY mini zen garden

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Faiza -August 21, 2013, 7:59AM

This is absolutely adorable! But where can I find the little glass bowl and a small amount of fine sand?

Juliette Laura -August 21, 2013, 9:03AM

Oh my goodness. This is so lovely! I would seriously love to make one of these. So relaxing! And it looks so beautiful!

xo, Juliette Laura

fp brigette -August 21, 2013, 9:08AM

Faiza – I found both of those things in the home decor section at IKEA. I’d imagine you could get them at a craft store, too… and you could try a thrift store for a more unique glass bowl! :)

Dani -August 21, 2013, 12:39PM

ADORABLE! and so simple! I can’t wait to do this in my new studio… gonna play with colored sand :)

<3 dani

Megan -August 21, 2013, 12:49PM

I love this, and can’t wait to make one! What an awesome idea!

Lindsey -August 21, 2013, 4:18PM

I have one already. It’s called “Cat LItterbox”

June Huston -November 20, 2014, 9:02AM

How something that simple cant be so beautiful! I’m definitely going to make one! It would be a stunning decoration for my living room!

juego de piano bar -January 20, 2015, 1:59PM

WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for diy ideas

Ruth Bradley -May 18, 2015, 10:38AM

I love Mini Zen Gardens! They’re relaxing, calming, and soothing. They make a great accent piece for a coffee table, desk, or countertop. They are fantastic gifts for friends, co-workers, or anyone who could use a little relaxation during their day. They’re fun to play with, attention grabbing, and stress-relieving. And they make for a great DIY because they can be easily personalized to fit your style. You can really add whatever you want to your garden. – See more at:

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