Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Zen Garden on a Budget

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

My sister Barbara was shopping for a zen rake, and it occurred to her that I should make a zen garden for Curbly. Well, here it is...a zen garden on a budget. (Thanks for the idea, sis!)

Stuff you’ll need:

A thick-ish picture frame; 8" x 10" works well. (I found the perfect specimen at the thrift store for $2.80. Sweet.)

A glue gun and glue sticks

Beach sand (Since I don’t live in an area notorious for its lovely beach sand, I had to buy some at the craft store for $2.99)

Smallish stones, a votive candle, etc. for decorating your zen garden.

A fork (I found a silver-plated one at the thrift store for 60 cents) OR a zen rake. (I made mine out of doweling using this Instructable.)

Stuff you'll do:

Check out the vid below!

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Thanks, Marian!

Love this small zen garden. I posted your video in the current issue of my e-zine Art-Online at

Very cute idea, although my local dollar store has these for sale, so it would actually end up costing more to make my own. (I live in NJ).

Thanks, Charlie!!! 

Great idea! I pinned it and will be linking it up to my "Christmas Gifts for Men" post today. :)



P.S. to sillygirl...I'm working on a frame jewelry display how to as we speak! Spooky, huh? ;)

Thank guys! Sand flies and dead sand crabs?! That's just what I'd need....eww is right!

Excellent! I can never seem to find frames at thrift stores when I want them though *pouts* I'd like to find one to make an on the wall jewelry box to hang my earrings etc. Oh, and don't worry about the lack of beach sand... in my experience, trying to steal sand from the beach leads to a bunch of sand fleas (that live FOREVER) and an occasional dead sand crab, eww. :) Thanks for the post!

You are soo adorable in this video.  I love the cat warning.  And I know you're going to do a little yoga while using your zen garden as your drishni (spelling ?)


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