Grow Lucky Bamboo in a DIY Water Garden

Try this mason jar craft as a gift for a friend, or to decorate your own space.

| November/December 2016

  • Lucky Bamboo Garden
    A bamboo water garden makes a lovely green gift during a dreary winter.
    Photo courtesy JoAnn Moser
  • Bamboo
    "Lucky" bamboo is actually a member of the dracaena plant family.
    Photo by iStock
  • Embroidery Floss
    Red is a symbolically significant color in feng shui, however, you can choose to use any color of embroidery thread you prefer.
    Photo by iStock
  • Mason Jars
    Plain mason jars can be re-used in a variety of ways, including this low-maintenance water garden.
    Photo by iStock
  • Pebbles
    Fill the base of your water garden with small aquarium rocks.
    Photo by iStock
  • Step 1
    Use a tiny drill bit to make holes in the rim of a mason jar lid.
    Photo courtesy JoAnn Moser
  • Step 2
    Use pearl or cotton embroidery thread to cross from hole to hole in the band of the jar.
    Photo courtesy JoAnn Moser
  • Step 3
    The finished red starburst on the top of the mason jar rim symbolizes fire, one of the five natural elements included in this project.
    Photo courtesy JoAnn Moser
  • Step 6
    The number of bamboo stalks included in a feng shui bamboo garden have different meanings. Two stalks symbolize love and harmony.
    Photo courtesy JoAnn Moser

  • Lucky Bamboo Garden
  • Bamboo
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Mason Jars
  • Pebbles
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 6

Feng shui is based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of our inner lives. According to the practice, by carefully considering what we bring into our homes, we can get in sync with our environment and enable our homes to reflect who we are. 

Consider making this simple, positivity-promoting DIY gift for the plant lover in your life — or anyone who needs a refreshing bit of life during the dark, dormant days of winter. “Lucky” bamboo is actually not a bamboo, but a dracaena, part of the family that includes spider plants and Easter lilies. Placed in a minimalist Mason jar with gravel, it makes a low-maintenance houseplant, which only requires indirect sunlight and weekly watering with fluoride-free water (to prevent the tips of the leaves yellowing).

This gift is easy and affordable to make, and you can personalize it using some of the symbolic feng shui tips that follow.

Making Your Water Garden

Before we jump into this project, let’s talk stalks. The number of stalks we add to our lucky bamboo water gardens is important according to feng shui. One symbolizes simplicity; two, love and harmony; three, happiness; five, achievement and creativity; seven, health; eight, wealth; nine, luck and good fortune in every aspect of life; and 10, fulfillment and excellence. Any more than that would most likely require a bigger vessel.



Numbers aren’t the only things we might want to keep in mind when making our lucky bamboo water gardens. To increase their potency, feng shui says we should add representatives of each of the five elements: wood (the plant itself); fire (something red); earth (rocks); metal (a Mason jar ring); and water. With all the symbols in mind, we can now get down to business.

Supplies

• 1 wide-mouth jar band
• Marking pen
• Scrap wood
• Drill and tiny bit
• Sewing needle
• 40 inches of red pearl cotton or embroidery thread
• One 1-pint, wide-mouth Mason jar
• Aquarium gravel or rocks
• Lucky bamboo stalk(s)
• Distilled water






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