I had this hurricane candle holder but the glass piece broke. I knew just what I wanted to make with it – a Zen Garden! I have included a kid Zen Garden version as well!
Here is the original candle holder base.
Upcycled Candle Holder to Zen Garden Video
I bought 2 packages of sand from Dollar Tree and placed it in the center of the candle holder.
I added a few decorative rocks from Dollar Tree, as well as an extendable backscratcher. You could also use a bent fork or look for a small gardening rake.
Place somewhere in your home and at times of stress use the backscratcher to make designs in the sand. You can also hold the rocks and rub your fingers on the smoothness or use them to draw as well. Even running your fingers through the sand is calming.
Kid Version –
My son has sensory processing disorder so sometimes he needs things like this to help him calm down, fulfill a sensory need, etc. I find thought that most kids love this – my daughter often grabs it and messes around with it too.
I used a shoe box with a lid, added the sand, some glass flat rocks, and some cars from Dollar Tree. Kids can drive the cards and construction cards through the sand. If you don’t like sand you can also use rice, beans, field corn, etc.
Add some spoons and forks to create designs, scoop and dump sand, and my son loved playing with his super heroes in it. Put the lid on it and it packs away nicely.