I wanted to do something a little different for Christmas this year and when I stumbled across the idea of creating seasonal zen gardens, inspired by this video from Idunn Goddess on YouTube, I knew I had to try this! I used most of my own pieces as well as a very quick and easy DIY pine cone tree, but Idunn Goddess' video actually provides some other crafts and ideas to create your own winter zen garden including a DIY snowman and fir tree, if you're stuck for ideas or need some items for it, but this is a really fun way to get into the Christmas spirit and keep calm during the festive season!
I already had a zen garden base from when I bought mine from The Works a couple of years ago, so I simply removed the attachment that hold the gong from the back of the base, and created some spirals in the white sand, before adding on the pieces I chose.
I decided to use my clear quartz and my chrysocolla gemstones to create an icy feel, and I found this clear bead while putting our Christmas decorations up so I added that next to my chrysocolla. I like the effect the gemstones give against the white sand, and I can imagine this working nicely with any blue or clear coloured gemstones such as amazonite or opalite too.
The pinecone I had been given by one of my close friends while at university, and I simply painted green and added on white splashes around the ends of seed pod to create the snowy branches effect before gluing on a button in the shape of a flower that had this iridescence to it, so it looked like a star.
The little bear is a Peruvian soap stone bear I got from The Rock Shop in Ambleside for my birthday this year and I thought it would look cute next to the tree, which it does.
I'm really pleased with how this looks and waking up to see this on my bookshelf instantly makes me feel like I've been transported to a winter wonderland, and I may have to continue this on as the seasons change.
Hope you're all having a lovely Tuesday!