DIY | Miniature Water Garden

Nature has always been a source of great comfort and peace for me, especially water. Living in a rather big city I always wanted to have a big garden with a swing and a pond. All I had at hand was the park nearby and an aquarium when I was a kid. Funny story by the way: I started with a wish to have a gold fish in a bowl and ended up with a full-sized aquarium with equipment. And believe me, it’s not as exciting as it sounds! I did have a sort-of water garden, but playing with it meant looking at fish, feeding them and occasionally changing the water. A bit more action would have been nice then!

Keep calm & watch the water garden

What I didn’t or couldn’t appreciate as a kid was how calming it could be to just stare into the water, feeling a connection that is so basic to us humans. Now that I am older I am more and more drawn to the waves and the bickering, I bet you know that feeling of inner peace whenever you’re at the beach (like this one here) and just listen to the ocean crushing against the shore. Of course I couldn’t just bring the waves into my apartment! However I could make my small dream of a garden come true, even if it’s in miniature form, and I could add some water:

You need

  • Cylindrical Glass Container
  • 2 aquatic plants
  • Coarse gravel
  • 2 cork sheets
  • Small figurine/decoration
  • Box cutter
  • Glue


The tutorial

Start by filling the cylinder with gravel, then carefully fill it with a bit of water. Pay attention to not filling it up to the brim, otherwise planting the hydrophytes will be more difficult.

In a next step, add the aquatic plants. Dig a small hole into the gravel first, then transfer a plant from its plastic vessel to the glass container and fill up the sides with more gravel. Repeat with the other hydrophyte.

Alternative: Add both of the plants first and then add the gravel.

After waiting for the dust to set, carefully add the small figurine.

Take one of the cork sheets, use the glass container as a template for a lid and cut out the resulting cork circle. Repeat with the other cork sheet, but make this circle a bit smaller. Glue the smaller circle to the centre of the other one. Adjust the lid if necessary.

A bit of peace for your room

This is one of my favourite decoration pieces in my whole flat! I’ve always found watching the water very calming, and having this small water garden in my room adds a bit of tranquillity and peace in my opinion. Or maybe it’s just the Buddha statue! Remember to change the water time and again. Other than that, it’s pretty low maintenance with no fish to feed!

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    9th November 2016 at 9:40 am

    Great post, thanks for share!

    Alisa Gromova

    • Michelle
      9th November 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thank you!

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    20th November 2016 at 6:09 pm

    This is so cute! A really nice idea and very calming. I’m gonna make one!

    • Michelle
      20th November 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Cool, I’m glad you like it!

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    adriana barar
    4th January 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Simply beautiful! Where did you get the metal diamond candle holder?

    • Michelle
      4th January 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you! It’s from Xenox!

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