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How to Make a Zen Garden for Your Desk

Steps

  1. Obtain the items needed.These are: a shoebox lid, sand or soil, water, a small container to hold the water (a small tea light candle holder is a good choice), pebbles or small rocks, a bridge, fake or real moss, a comb or mini rake, and any additional items you'd like to add, just remembering that simplicity is important for a Zen garden.
  2. Take the shoebox lid and the sand.If you're going to keep this Zen garden for a while, lay out clear wrap under the sand.
  3. Pour the sand into the shoebox lid and level it out so that it is even across the shoebox lid.
  4. Place the rock in the sand, wherever you'd like it to sit.A traditional Zen garden would have the rocks placed in the corners.
  5. Add the moss and anything else that you have to put in your Zen garden.
  6. Use the mini rake or comb to make patterns in the sand.
  7. Put the water container on the sand and add the water.If you would like, put the bridge over the water.
  8. Display the Zen garden on your desk.Use it to ponder life's mysteries and to keep yourself calm.

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  • Question
    Why do we need a container for the water?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    If the water is not contained, it will spill out into the dirt and turn it into mud.
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    Can I use soil instead of sand?
    Amanda Popowitz
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    Sure! Whatever you feel helps you to relax and calm down. It's the thought that counts.
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  • Question
    Where can I buy mini rakes and bridges?
    Amanda Popowitz
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    I would suggest looking at a local craft store.
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    What type of soil should I use?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    You can get planting soil from a store such as Lowes or Home Depot.
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  • Question
    Do I have to put sand in it?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Yes. However, a bonsai or saikei (miniature landscape) may have more appeal to some.
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  • If you want a more permanent Zen garden, use a rectangular dish or plant container saucer for the base instead of a shoebox lid.
  • Have fun with it and make it how you find peacefulness.
  • When you use the rake, use swift motions to make a peaceful movement.
  • The waves you make in the sand with a rake are meant to take the place of water in the zen garden. Adding literal water to a zen garden in sort of missing the point of creating an abstract landscape meant for meditation.
  • If you do not have a bridge, you can make one out of clay, crayons, paper, toothpicks, etc.

Warnings

  • Real water may attract curious cats if you have cats.
  • Using real moss could be a problem if it turns moldy. Remove it if it does.





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