Japanese Zen gardens are beautiful things and amazing creations.
They are so beautiful that it is no wonder an aspiring gardener would want one in their home. Small Zen gardens make the perfect home décor as well as a doorway for inspiration and meditation.
It’s also fairly easy to make one. The Zen garden materials you will need all depend on what kind you are making. For example, a traditional miniature Japanese Zen garden will require no more than rocks and gravel, whereas a mini bonsai Zen garden is a little tree garden.
Regardless, these gardens are gorgeous and inspirational creations and will make the perfect addition to your home décor.
So if you are looking to find out how to make a mini Zen garden, then look no further. Here is a step by step mini Zen garden DIY that will leave you with one of your most stunning masterpieces yet.
What Materials Will I Need?
The kinds of materials and resources that you will need to start off your DIY project all depends on the design of your garden.
There are a large number of Zen gardens that consist of only sand, rocks, and gravel. This is the traditional Japanese style of Zen gardens, but of course, you are neither subject nor limited to them.
There are also tons of beautiful Zen gardens that are simply marvelous arrangements of rocks, gravel, water features, sand, moss, pruned trees, and even bushes. However, it is hard to mimic these beautiful Zen gardens without an actual full-sized garden in your backyard.
But there is no need to worry. Small trees, such as potted plants, make for the perfect trees in a mini Zen garden. Also, you can use anything from a soil pot to a baking pan.
There are no limits, and as long as it provides a sturdy base for the holding of your soil, rocks, gravel, or sand, you are good to go.
Step #1 – Fill the Bottom of Your Base with Sand.
The first step is pretty obvious and simple.
Start by filling the bottom of your base (such as a bowl, pot, or pan) with the surface you wish to have on the bottom.
This can be any kind of surface, from sand to rocks.
After making sure that the bottom of the base is fully covered with your soil, it is advised to give the bowl or pan a gentle shake to ensure that the sand is spread evenly over the bottom. This prevents lumps, uneven ground, and empty spots in your soil.
And finally, to give it a nice and clean look, make sure to clean the excess surface off of the sides of your base, especially if you are using substances such as soil or sand.
Step #2 – Arrange Your Rocks and Stones
For most, this is the key part of the Zen garden design process.
It is up to you as to whether your rock design is to be random or in a specific pattern. However, according to Japanese manuals for creating Zen gardens, the rocks should have their best sides facing out.
The process of arranging your rocks and stones should be an extremely careful and mindful process. Play around with it and see what you like best, and definitely do not rush the process.
Step #3 – Add Your Water Effects or Draw Your Ripples
If you are going to add in any water effects or features to your mini Zen garden, now is the time to do so. In fact, your entire garden could be like a clear view of a lake or pond, if you choose to fill the entire base up with crystal clear, shiny water.
Or, many people, especially when making miniature Zen gardens, simply draw the effects of water into their garden.
You can do this by simply getting a small, thin, but sharp tool such as a toothpick to carefully draw out the ripples in your soil. If you used rocks as your surface, however, this won’t work.
If you aren’t satisfied with the looks of ripples in your garden, you could do other designs such as swirls. Overall, just be original with your design.
Step #4 – Put in the Final Touches
Now that you have taken care of the most important aspects such as the rocks and stones, as well as set a good base for your entire Zen garden, it is now time to add in the finishing touches to your mini garden.
If you are using additional features such as mini trees and bushes, plants, or the like, add them into your arrangement with care.
The point of your Zen garden is to inspire and illuminate originality.
Are you feeling the need for more, or better, inspiration?
If you are feeling dry or experiencing a lack of ideas and inspiration, or you are having a hard time meditating, a miniature Japanese Zen garden for your home or workplace would make the perfect addition.