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How To: Make a Mini Window Japanese Garden

created at: 07/23/2012

The good people over at 3M sent along some of their handy, new Command clear products for me to use to make some quick crafts. In this how-to, I used their Medium Caddy, which is among their organization line and is great for stashing spices and nail polishes and such. Of course, we're using it for a vertical window garden. 

To make a vertical window garden for yourself, you'll need the following:

First I sanded the caddy and then shot it with a couple coats of black spray paint.

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Then I planted the succulent (I only used 1/3 of the plant), and added the stones.

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I adhered it to my kitchen window above my sink following the instructions included in the caddy package.

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I finished up by adding the tiny lantern I made. Other iterations might be a fairy garden or herb garden. The last could look great in multiples with caddies staggered down a window. 
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What's great about these new clear Command products is, of course, that the adhesive strips are clear so you don't see those white tabs sticking out. Here's a picture of the garden full on:
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DesigningMom on Jul 30, 2012:

Oh how neat Maven! I had no idea that 3M made things like this with their Command Adhesives. Which are a great by the way. I won't hang anything without first checking if there's a Command product that will hold the weight.


Steve on Jul 29, 2012:

I've experimented over the years with desktop gardens, and I am fortunate now to have a small Japanese garden on my balcony.  But this is a wonderful, smaller alternative, especially because it can incorporate a living plant.  I know it's not in the DIY spirit of curbly, but I should mention that for those who don't want to "bake" their own ornaments, there is a seller on eBay, kioshi99, who has miniature lanterns and basins for bonsai and aquariums that would be perfect for a window garden like this.


Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012:

Hey that is really neat! I find that even though specifications mention that it can hold the weight, it does not take into account of the temperature variation :S


DIY Maven on Jul 23, 2012:

@Monsters--Glad you like it. The specs on that particular caddy says it can hold up to 2 pounds, so no worries about weight, really. 


Monsterscircus on Jul 23, 2012:

Wow what a killer product! Can it really handle the weight, it's amazing, will try if I Can find it here i Dennark! Thanks for the tip, it looks amazing!


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