How To Create A Perfect Desktop Zen Garden

Creating a perfect desktop Zen garden for zen meditation is easy when you have all the components and elements at your disposal. In fact, there is no wrong or right way to create your own small tabletop Zen garden at home or in your office.

Indeed, the idea behind the creative side of designing a mini Zen garden is breaking from convention or routine and just focusing on making something different every time. This is in line with the Datsuzoku principle of Japanese garden design that embraces surprise and breaking from the routine.

So if you have all the elements available, just get creative and make designs in the tray that suit your Zen meditation needs. Anyway, the main objective of the Zen garden is to help you find peace and tranquility.

However, there are 7 Zen principles of Japanese garden design that you can master and apply to your own Zen garden. These principles will educate you on the ways of making Zen gardens that resonate with Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism. You may read about them here.

With these principles in mind, you can try new sand patterns, and different arrangements of elements in the tray until you are able to calm your mind and produce your own gorgeous, eye-catching masterpieces.

This article will teach you how to make a Zen garden (desktop version). We will elaborate on the steps you can take to create your own desk Zen garden, be it your home or office. Here are some essential elements that will be used to make your Zen garden. A wooden tray, white sand, handcrafted bamboo rakes, gold buddha, torii gate, trees, lotus flower, a duck, bridge, mosses, pagoda, rocks, and stones. Alright, let’s get started.

1. Pour sand into the wooden tray

D Divinified desk Zen garden white sand

Truly, desk zen garden trays come in various sizes, shapes, and colors. A majority of trays are made of wood and painted black. this creates a great contrast with the white sand in it. Sand is an element that is almost always present in Japanese gardens.

On the white sand, you can create the rippling effect of water, ponds, and streams. Pour the sand into the tray and use the rakes to smoothen the surface

2. Make patterns on Sand

D Divinified desk Zen garden sand patterns

Next, use rakes of different lengths and shapes to create patterns on the sand. The most common patterns are circles, waves, spirals, and the ripple effect. These patterns create a sense of movement for example mimicking the movement of water (in a stream or pond) in a traditional backyard Zen garden. Also, the patterns make your desk garden look more visually appealing and appealing to the eye.

3. Place accessories in the tray

D Divinified desktop Zen garden design

With the Zen principles in mind, add the elements you want to include in your desk Zen garden to the tray. For instance, If your goal is to recreate the kanso principle of simplicity, you may use just the natural elements like rocks, mosses, flowers, and trees.

Furthermore, to get more creative implementing the Datsuzoku, you may utilize the torii, pagoda duck, and so on. the most important thing to remember is not to overdo your garden. Design with just the essential elements or accessories in mind.

4. Take pictures and enjoy your Zen garden

D Divinified desk Zen garden design

You may place your finished masterpiece on your desk and take pictures of it to help you remember the Zen garden design. This will also help you to create something unique and different every time you sit down to take a moment of desk Zen meditation.

You could also place your design by your side on your office desk just as a reminder that you need to concentrate on the task at hand. Or even on tabletops in your home as perfect home decor. Enjoy your desk Zen garden! Grab a cool Desk Zen garden for yourself here.


In this article, we have demonstrated how to make a Zen garden on your desk. We have shared with you the principles behind making a Zen garden, and the various steps you can take to make one on your desk. And all the different accessories (tray, sand, buddha, trees, torii, trees, lotus, etc) you may add to your Zen tray to make them aesthetically beautiful and spark your imagination. I hope that this article has enlightened you on the ways of making a Zen garden on your desk. Shop our unique Zen garden on Amazon to start finding your inner peace.