DIY Zen Garden

DIY Zen Garden

ย – For the idle handed fidgetersย in your life –


So, my husband always has to be fiddling with something…anything ๐Ÿ™„

He is also always getting in trouble for it ๐Ÿ˜

Whether playing with the sugar dish, pulling plant leaves, rattling a glass… you get the idea and it gets even worse when he is on the phone ๐Ÿ˜

So, to remedy that, I decided to try to make him a cactus sand/zen garden, that is especially made for him and him alone.

Something he can play with as much as he wants, without getting in trouble for it ๐Ÿ˜œ



So, to begin with, get yourself a cactus, or three ๐Ÿ˜œ

I got mine from Dutch Growers.
Actually Hubster picked it out when he was in the city but he didn’t know it was for himself ๐Ÿ˜‹

Secondly, I went and found a dish from the dollar store to replant them in.


I went for a longer shape because eventually I hope the garden will grace his desk and keep him busy during phone calls, so he doesn’t disrupt the rest of the house ๐Ÿ˜œ

Next, I cut down the container the cacti came in.


It needs to be deep enough to hold dirt for the cacti but short enough that sand can still cover the top of it and not overflow the dish.


I also put some rocks in the bottom of the container to help with drainage and keeping it in place.

Using sand I had from a trip, I filled the rest of the dish.



I’m pretty sure you could find sand from a myriadย of different places though, the dollar store, Michael’s, your local sandbox ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

Had this been for myself, I would have opted for multi color pink and aqua colored sand probably ๐Ÿ˜‰


Add in a little rake and or shovel and that’s all!

My mom already happened to have a rake and shovel that I could use but I suggest Michael’s, the dollar store or a flower shop to search some out for yourself โ˜บ๏ธ
Or your mother, if she’s a Mary Poppins bag like mine ๐Ÿ˜œ

Let your body relaxing, mind centring, fidgeter busying begin ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿฅ„โ˜ฏ๏ธ

If you make one I would love to see it, tag @Jemstory on instagram!

Author: jessicapeters95

Hello humans ๐Ÿ˜Š This is where you learn about me I suppose, though anyone reading this right now most likely knows all the boring details ;) I am Jessica Rose Peters-Hagenouw. (Always thought I'd be able to pronounce my married name but hey, life doesn't go as we plan.) June 11, 1995, tis the day Robert and Bonnie Peters received the most adorable, amazing, wonderful, surprise 3rd child they could have dreamed of. Speaking of being the third child, I have an older brother and an older sister. Both of whom are married and have wee little families of their own, making 'Aunty Jess' another name I go by. I grew up and have lived all of my years up till November 2015 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Making summers that are extremely short and winters that never end, vast open spaces, northern lights, unthinkable amounts of mosquitoes, lakes, forests and people waving to you on the grid road all different things that mean = Home. But Home is not where I'll be for some time. My husband is a Dutchman, living in Europe. Therefore I too have been living in Europe for the last few months. The reason I started this little blog/journal/writing thing, is to document a bit of my "whole new world," for those at home who wont be awake at 3:00 am wanting to hear about how I couldn't find flour at the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my little life ๐Ÿ˜Š

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