Amazing DIY Zen Bamboo Water Feature

The sound of running water is pleasantly calming for some people.
The sound of running water is pleasantly calming for some people which is why a lot of people love water features in their gardens.

Water is a naturally calming element for humans. We often take delight in the sound and sight of water, which can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. However, water can also have a powerful effect on our moods and emotions. Studies have shown that being near water can help to boost our mood and improve our sense of well-being.

In fact, research has even shown that exposure to water can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. So, if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, take a moment to relax and enjoy the calming effects of water. Whether it’s a beautiful ocean view, a gentle waterfall, or even just a simple fountain, the power of water is sure to help you feel calmer and centred.

If you’re looking to add something interesting and unique to your outdoor area, there are a few better options than adding a creative water feature. Water features can add a touch of relaxation and elegance to any outdoor space, and there are a variety of different types and styles to choose from to suit your specific needs and taste. Whether you want a simple fountain or something more elaborate, there’s sure to be a water feature that’s perfect for you and your home.

One particular homeowner that I know had always wanted a Zen bamboo water feature. She had read about the benefits of having a water feature in the backyard and decided that she wanted one that would also scare away the deer that often came into her yard. After doing some research, she found that bamboo was the perfect material to use for her water feature.

She loved the look of bamboo and the fact that it would help to keep the deer away. She never got around to having one installed as she’s concerned about the cost. A ready-made bamboo fountain could set you back anywhere from $40-$60. But why buy when you can make your own?

Here's the shishi-odoshi - or the deer scarer - type of bamboo fountain.
Here’s the shishi-odoshi – or the deer scarer – a type of bamboo fountain.

Here’s an incredible project for a Zen bamboo water feature. It’s actually the shishi-odoshi, or the deer scarer type. This traditional Japanese garden decoration is used to scare away deer and other animals from gardens. The shishi-odoshi is a bamboo tube that is filled with water and has a small hole at the bottom. When the water reaches a certain level, the weight of the water causes the bamboo tube to tip over, making a loud noise that scares away the animals.

This is a simple and easy project that anyone can do. With just a few materials and a little bit of time, you can have this up and running in no time. The materials aren’t very hard to find either so this is basically a stress-free project that you must try.

Would you love to have your own Zen bamboo water feature?


  • Several pieces of bamboo
  • Dowels
  • Hose
  • Barbed connector
  • Piece of string
  • Wood boards
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Silicone sealer
  • Water pump
  • Decorative stones


  • Table saw
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Sander
  • Clamps

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Are you looking to add a touch of serenity to your home with a zen bamboo water feature? If so, watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to create your own. Once you have all of your materials, simply follow the video tutorial and in no time you’ll have your very own zen bamboo water feature.



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