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.
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!
I painted a few rocks with nail polish and puff paint, and wrapped another in crochet.
I also constructed a little wooden rake out of coffee stirrers – I’m going to use this to make different designs in the sand!
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!!
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