I have one corner of my office that I call my “Zen corner”. It’s got a few things that I find particularly grounding and relaxing like my little Budda statue and some flowing water over stones. If I feel myself starting to tense up, this is my go-to relaxation spot (you know, if I can’t sneak away to the spa).
I’d been wanting to add a Zen garden to my little collection, so when Chick-fil-A challenged me to find a way to upcycle one of their salad containers, a lightbulb went off. (We have no shortage of Chick-fil-A salad containers over here since their Cobb salad is one of my favorites.)
Putting together a cute Zen garden was pretty easy, so I thought I’d share the process here.
First, wash the container thoroughly. Let it dry completely.
Fill the bottom of the container with sand. You can use regular playground sand if you have some around. We are past the sandbox stage here so I bought some basic white decorating sand. If you are matching a specific decor, you can change up the color of the sand you use to something unique. You can even blend two or more colors for a cool effect.
Add a mini-rake, a stone with a inspirational word or phrase, or even a tea-light candle. Make the garden unique and personal to your own likes and beliefs.
When you are feeling tense or stressed, take a few minutes to rake the sand in your garden to resemble waves or ripples.
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
Allie D. says
That is a super cute zen garden you made! Great way to reuse the container. I need to make one for my office.
I love your zen garden. It is more affordable to make your own zen garden rather than buy a super fancy one. Your garden looks great!
I love how easy this is! I have just the spot on my desk for one too!
This is super cute, I love the idea of having a little zen garden in the middle of the dining room table.
Marcie W. says
What a fabulous idea and I love that it does not require much space. I could definitely use a bit more zen in my life.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This would look amazing on my table I will have to get the supplies i need to make one this weekend.