How to make Miniature tools for your Zen Garden. - The Magic Onions

How to make Miniature tools for your Zen Garden.

I promised to show you how we made our Zen Garden tools.

Supplies needed to make zen garden tools

We needed our trusty glue gun, our garden scissors, some sticks and twigs, an acorn cap and a shell.

First, the rake. I used my garden scissors to cut a twig for the handle, a smaller twig for the rakes head and 5 tiny twigs for the rakes teeth.

With my glue gun, I stuck the head of the rake to the handle…
Then I stuck the 5 teeth to the head and…
Voila! The rake was complete.
Miniature rake for our miniature zen garden
Then for the acorn scooper…
I used my good ‘ol glue gun to stick the acorn head to the stick handle… Now this must be the cutest little Zen Garden tool ever! It scoops sand wonderfully and makes lovely moon shapes in the sand scape.
acorn scooper for our zen garden
Now for the shell spade…

My friend the glue gun once again did his magic by sticking the shell to the driftwood handle.
Zen, isn’t it?!
sea shell spade for our miniature zen gardenSo here they are, the twig rake, the acorn scooper and the shell spade. All have been played with endlessly in our Miniature Zen Garden which you can see here.

miniature tools for our miniature zen garden

Blessings and magic.
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Hahahaha! You are the glue gun queen! Absolutely adorable!

  2. :)
    That made me smile when I saw yesterday your post “zen garden”.
    I was actually thinking of making a rake… but I didn’t make it as far as “aah…sticks!”
    Can’t wait ’til things quiet down around here and I can get my room in order for the winter, and make my zen garden. :)

  3. Those are so clever! I need to get a gun gun.

  4. Hi, Magic Onions! I’m passing the Kreativ Blogger Award to you! Please come to acornpies to pick it up!

  5. I have got to go buy a glue gun right now.. I desperately need a tiny zen garden!

  6. Oh my goodness, the loveliest little tools ever!
    How I have gone so many years without a glue gun?

  7. I love your blog, mama magiconions!

  8. They are adorable! You are so creative and talented! :)

  9. lol, too cute. The rake is my fave.

  10. I love it !! I think I have another project to add to my to-do list!! : )

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this!

    All of your projects are so lovely and precious. I am especially glad i stumbled across this one- I have been looking for months for a miniature rake and it hadn’t occurred to my non-crafty self that I could make one! XD Thanks =)

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Finally I found a rake I’ve been looking for ….. and so easy to make!
    Thanks from Eva in Norway

  14. Hahaha, it’s as if the trusty glue gun and the all-around garden scissors are a match made in heaven. Yeah, the tools there in the miniature garden made the whole thing more “zen” indeed. The wonders of the glue gun, right?

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