Have you seen those fun little desktop zen gardens? Well, here’s a do-it-yourself idea for us beach lovers: a desktop mini zen beach!
I actually looked for these little desktop beach kits online and considered buying one, but then realized that I’d rather personalize my own little zen beach. It’s so easy and lots of fun to put one of these mini beach sets together.
For the base, I used an old picture frame with a 6×6 photo opening. Taking the backing off and removing the glass, I cut a piece of a vinyl placemat to size and glued it into the opening. I packed the cardboard squares back into the frame (behind the place mat) and secured the back with the same slip-proof matting. Since I used a blue placemat, I kept cutting and made some surf for the beach, too.
Use your imagination and personalize your own mini zen beach! Sterilized, decorative sand is available at your local craft store. I chose the color of the golden sands of Southern California’s coastline. You may decide on black for the famous black sand beaches of the Big Island, pink to remind you of that amazing trip to the Bahamas, or white sand for the pristine shores of Barbados.
A sand pail and shovel are the real key here. Little seashells on the beach are a must, in my book. The rest is up to your unlimited creativity.
I used my miniature seashells from Sanibel Island, Florida. The little pieces of “sea glass” are oven baked, tiny plastic pellets used for “stained glass” Christmas ornaments and sun catchers. A button makes a great little umbrella stand. For mini beachy accessories, head to the toy department, the kids’ Barbie bins or their play room! Find what makes your own desktop beach “zen.” I found the perfect beach themed doll set at a discount store (she looks just like me). From then on, it was a blast to set up these beach scenes!
This desktop addition is sure to help you beat those Monday morning blues! Have fun, change it up, and try to get some work done! ;-)
Now you can get away every day with your very own mini zen beach!
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