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DIY Desktop Zen Garden

April 23, 2014


Who wouldn't want their own personal sandbox at their desk?

Over the past few years, I have tinkered with the idea of a zen garden. There's something calming, to me, about creating patterns in the sand then wiping it away and starting all over. I'm pretty sure I delayed completing this project because my desk is hardly ever clean and I thought I would have sand all over the place. Surprisingly, since I've added it my desktop stays cleaner and while there is some spillage, it's hardly noticeable.

If you've been following my blog for a while now you should already know that my creative energy hardly ever allows me to just buy anything because I love to make stuff from scratch. Since I have a LOT of little knick-knacks left over from previous DIY's, I challenged myself to use things I already had in the house. I love a good challenge! 
The idea was re-awakened when I found the white plate (originally seen in this haul) in my storage unit. I'm pretty sure I purchased it with the Zen Garden in mind but over the years it has served for ever other purpose but the intended one.

I substituted the sand for salt. Since bugs don't like salt I wouldn't have to worry about an infestation. The stones were leftover from a DIY jewelry project and the marbles were... uh, "borrowed" from one of the family games. I made the rakes out of Popsicle sticks (from this project) by cutting them and gluing them together with a hot glue gun... or if you don't want to make the rake, you could just use an old fork. Unfortunately this isn't a step-by-step tutorial because I put it together so fast I forgot to take pictures, but hopefully you get the gist.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY Inspiration. Definitely let me know if you try this and/or do anything different.

Happy Crafting,




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