Find Your Chill With a DIY Zen Garden

Manipulating sand in a a peaceful zen garden is a total stress-reliever, and it turns out creating one from scratch is instantly calming, too. This easy tutorial walks you through the process, so you can find your happy place in no time.

DIY Zen Garden

Level: Easy

DIY Zen Garden

From DIY Weekend Gardens

What You Need

  • Tray
  • Sand
  • Fork
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Air plants
  • Stones


1. Fill a Tray With Sand

Find an old tray in your home (or buy a new one) and fill it with sand. Use your hand to smooth out and evenly distribute across the tray.

2. Get Out Your Pliers

Use pliers to bend a fork’s tongs until they’re perpendicular to the handle — it'll now look like a little rake you can use to shift your sand.

3. Finish the Rake

Wrap a piece of duct tape around the fork’s handle, sticky-side out. Wrap twine tightly around the handle, stopping at the end of the tape.

4. Decorate

Place some air plants and decorative stones throughout your tray. Use your DIY rake to make patterns in the sand. Then change up the arrangement whenever you need a fresh dose of zen.

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April 29, 2019
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