It’s so Zen

Create your own Zen Garden!

Who doesn’t want to be more Zen? Just RELAX!

While at Goodwill I found this glass dish.

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I see these glass bowls everywhere. IKEA. Michael’s. Hobby Lobby. Wal-mart. Just shop around. Eventually you’ll find one on the cheap.

Then went to the 99 Cent Only Store and bought two bags of rocks.


Yes, I actually paid for rocks. But these are purdy polished rocks. And they were only two bucks – a small price to pay for tranquility.


I also bought one more matching candle from Michael’s. The other two I had from my Wooden Candle Sticks post.

Make sure your candles fit inside the glass dish.


I am not using the apples pictured above in my Zen Garden. I’ve saved them for another day.

Next, get some jute.


Did you know that jute is crazy-cheaper at Home Depot than at Michael’s? When you buy jute get it at a hardware store. I think this bundle was about two bucks.

(Home Depot should totally be paying me for my subliminal advertising… Maybe I should email them.)

I wrapped the jute around the candles three times and then tied a small square-knot.


After that I scattered the rocks all around the candles.


I love having this on my coffee table. It actually really does have a calming affect when I look at it.


Doesn’t it make you want to bust our your Yoga mat?


Are you relaxed now?


While I’m thinking about it, let me give you a quick run-down on knot tying.

Granny knots = BAD. Square knots = GOOD.

Granny knot:


Square knot:


Granny knots drive me batty. Seriously. Like nails on a chalkboard batty. They are not tidy looking.

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Image stolen borrowed from here.

For the sake of fashion and all things neat and orderly looking, I beg you to please learn how to tie square knots. Please.

Ugly granny – Right over, then right over.

Purdy square – Right over, then left over. Got it? If not, Google it.




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  1. I promise (with my hand on the Bible) that I will tie a square knot from now on!!! 🙄
    And it does calm me. Very zen! Love this idea.

  2. Practicing my square not now! 😉

  3. You can also purchase jute at Walmart very inexpensively – I believe it’s located near the rope.

  4. Now ain’t this just cute! Simple, cheap and cute. Be blessed. Cindy

  5. I love it!
    PS-thanks for the reminder on square vs. granny. I totally just had to retie my shoes. . 🙁

  6. I guess I need to practice my square knot! Very cute idea!

  7. Love it! Maybe I can sneak over to Goodwill tonight while I’m grocery shopping and get me some Zen stuff! 😀

  8. Love that simple idea. Would look really cute in that bathroom too. Thanks for the knot tying lesson.

  9. I love this look, thanks for sharing!

  10. We don’t have a coffee table but I think this would look good on our dining room table!

  11. Love it! I’m thinking this would be perfect for my bedside table. Thanks for the great idea & tip on cheap jute. =o)

  12. Very Zen! And good tips about the jute and the knots! Great job! 🙂

  13. you really do need this Zen Garden thinking about those Granny knots. Just breathe! 😛

  14. And again, here you are with a crazy good decor idea. You are genius clever woman. And yes, square knots are the way too go!

  15. Great Bargaining!

    Very nice!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    And I had help on the upholstery sewing!!!!!!!

    Of course….:):) love, kelee

  16. You are so funny! I have to agree..a square knot is just the way it’s supposed to be. :0)

  17. Thanks for the knot tying tips. Seriously, I couldn’t figure out why my knots are always yucky looking! No more! 🙂 I have been looking for the perfect little decor thing for my bedroom, and I think the zen garden is it. Thanks!

  18. Hi there! Niki here, from over at Free 2 Be Frugal, stopping by from Works for Me Wednesday.

    I love your post! I really really want to make one of these.

    Stop by and visit me when you get the chance.


  19. I did something similar with a glass hurricane vase. Love candlescapes on the cheap!

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  20. Aw, the Jute makes them look like they are hugging each other.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

  21. Thank you for the lesson in knots! I had no idea that there was such a thing as a square knot but I so agree that it looks so polished and neat.

    Love the candles too!

    Best wishes,

  22. THat turned out great! I guess I’m going to need a knot tutorial…

    Thanks for posting on Flaunt it Friday!

  23. Love it! Thanks for the square-knot tip. Never even heard of them before!

  24. Oh, and just so you know, I’m sitting here with a sneaker on my lap…

  25. THAT IS very serene looking. So clean and pretty. Okay, now I have to go look up square knots…the shoes REALLY show how much better the square knot looks! THANKS. I’m afraid I’ve probably been giving zillions of peoples the ebbbyjeeebies with my granny knots on my kids tennis shoes!

  26. It looks very nice. 😀 And you’re right. The square knot looks MUCH better!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

  27. Thanks for the knot tip!

    Thanks for linking up to my Mad Skills party!

  28. So simple and so beautiful. Maybe this is what I’ve been looking for to put on the window ledge in our bedroom. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Found you through DIY! Great blog 🙂 I will be your newest follower!

  30. hey allison
    I really appreciate you linking up to “AP tuesdays”. You linked this one up last week so I am going to have to delete it for this week. I want to make sure my people see fresh new stuff every week.
    I know its hard to keep what parties you linked up to when, so just know if one of yours is deleted, that is why. Thanks!

  31. Very nice indeed! You have been busy!
    Stopping by from NTT.

  32. Very nice! I am loving how this looks.

  33. This is so simple and cool! Thanks so much for sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  34. Phew! The world can relax now that we know the perfect knot technique! LOL!! Thanks for linking this up to Mad Skills Monday! Very nice!


  35. Very cute. I love that you mentioned how to tie a knot too. It really does make a BIG difference! Thanks for sharing at ‘Look at me, I’m SO Crafty!’ at Fun to Craft.

  36. So simple, but pretty. Great hint on the knots too for those who “knot know how to do it!”. Thanks for linking up!

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  38. Very cute idea. I love the rocks in the bowl. So cute!

  39. Isn’t Michaels the most awesome and cheapest place to buy good quality pillar candles? This is very pretty, would love to see it lit. Call me strange, but every time I get a new candle, part of setting it up in my decor is to burn it, even if only for a few seconds, to make it look actually used and not so staged. But then, I do use my candles, so eventually they must all be replaced…hence my admiration of Michael’s cheap and colorful selection.

  40. What can you put in a half bath that is small and not much room to spare? And what color suggestions do you have for such a small area. There are no cabinets or shelves. Need to add a little storage for those small bath necessities. Any and all suggestions welcome.

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