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Super Cheap Zen Garden

Hello! Are you having one of those days where you can't seem to get rid of that headache? Have you already exceeded your ibuprofen pill limit? Well don't fret, this zen garden is here for you. I have designed it so that it can be created from materials I can almost guarantee you have at your fingertips. 

You see, I found my self in a situation like yours not too long ago. I was sitting in algebra, there was still thirty minutes left. How am I going to make it? Well I did, barely. So I decided that would be the last time I would be without a solution. Thus, the paper zen garden was born.

Enjoy!
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
1 sheet of paper (printer, notebook, whatever you have)
1 pencil
fine dirt or sand

Optional:
Small rocks
construction paper/colored paper (instead of plain paper)
scissors (in order to make neater cuts)

Step 2: The Garden Bed

To begin, we need to make a little box for the dirt to go in.
1) Cut off a strip about one inch wide; this will be for the rake. I creased the piece and then ripped it off. Set the strip aside.

2) Next, cut the paper in half once more, setting one half aside.

3) Fold the piece in half along the long side (hot dog style), then flip it over so the open side faces you.

4) Fold the two edges up about one centimeter, then flip it over again; keep the same edge facing you.

5) Now fold that edge again, a little more than the last fold. Now unfold the whole sheet.

6) Now, fold the the flaps toward the middle, on the second crease.

7) Fold the corners to the first line.

You will need to look at the pictures for the remaining steps. They are hard to explain via text.
bmo15_tbear3 months ago
It's really cool I might make mine cooler by putting little army men in there
darman12 (author)  bmo15_tbear3 months ago
Thanks :) Post a picture if you make it!
sunshiine1 year ago
Clever! Now you won't get too bored! Thanks for sharing your interesting idea! Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
darman12 (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thank you very much for your comment! I appreciate it :)
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