Picture of Picture Frame Zen Garden
How to build your very own desktop Zen garden on the cheap!

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
First, gather the following supplies:
*Calcium Sand (commonly sold at pet stores in the Reptile section $8.99)
*Elmer's Wood Glue
*Cheap flimsy fork (or you can follow one of this guide www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Zen-Garden-Rake-for-your-Ashtray/)
*Cool looking rocks
*Deep picture frame ($2.99 at Ross)

Parrhesia3 years ago
I made one of these for my husband to put on his desk at work (actually, I gave him the supplies so he could set it up to his own liking). I went more whimsical than Zen with it - found coloured sand at Michael's, added a small mirror, a cool-looking gem, sea shells, and little blue glass pebbles. I like the idea of a fork for a rake! That's the only thing I was missing - I tried to make one out of wire, but am not thrilled with the results. Thank you :)
Azayles5 years ago
For those having trouble with step 4, don't try and bend the fork, that's impossible. Instead, only try and realise the truth.
There is no fork!
tfrost19804 years ago
I actually made this exact thing about five years ago. I got all the materials from the Dollar Tree. They sell tiny zen gardens that include the rake, rocks and other accessories, mine had a small buddha head and a little stone bench
dchall85 years ago
Good 'ible.  I like Zen gardens but never knew where to get the sand.  Thanks!!
Skwalin (author)  dchall85 years ago
Haha, I looked everywhere for the sand.  I was hoping to be able to get it from a home and garden type place, but no such luck.
A pet shop had to do, but the price was amped up because it had to be "Safe for Reptiles"
DangerArt5 years ago
I like it.
Skwalin (author)  DangerArt5 years ago
Thanks man!