Buddas in a landscape are not only sculptural works of art but they are prized because they can add a sense of beauty and tranquility to garden spaces. Their serene and contemplative expressions can enhance the overall visual appeal of the garden and help establish a meditation, spiritually-themed or yoga garden.
How to Make a Cheap but Sophisticated Garden Budda Display
This inexpensive but sophisticated DIY from Lydia at Pudel Design (Poodle Design) has thinking about about what other shapes and items I might be able to also make into a fantastic collection of garden art.(though I have to admit — the buddahs are great and would probably be my first choice!)
This display at Anthropologie inspired Lydia. As we all know – Anthro displays are not the most budget-friendly, so if you want to create something similar (for a lot less) – read on.
Lydia had some inexpensive ceramic heads already and used them as a starting point. I have seen similar at thrift shops and dollar stores.
In addition to the heads above – she had this guy (below), and the additional materials involved are some plaster, paint, dowels, and blocks of wood.
The final result is a beautiful collection of garden buddhas. (you’ll have to click through to her post to see the step-by-step).
How to place a Budda in the garden:
For the garden, I think I would change it up a bit to make the stakes or dowels longer, and maybe I might use some driftwood or another piece of interesting wood on which to mount a figure. Overall, I am inspired by the idea of filling cheap ornaments with plaster to create a mount for them and then painting them in a uniform color.
- The presence of a Buddha statue can serve as a focal point for meditation and a reminder of the importance of inner peace and mindfulness. Using one large statue or (like above) a collection of many of them placed in close proximity to each other will create an even more compelling display.
- Don’t overuse the focal points. When you are in the garden – try not to have more than one focal point visible at a time. (A focal point is by definition singular – and intended to provide focus – too many of them is distracting… the opposite of their purpose.).
- Feng Shui practitioners believe the placement of objects in a garden can influence the flow of energy (qi). A Buddha statue is often seen as a positive symbol that can attract positive energy and harmony to the garden.
For a full how-to, see Lydia’s post at Pudel Design.
What do you have on hand that would make a great garden ornament like this?
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