I made a tiny zen garden for @thanate as part of the Secret Santa Swap.
The cherry tree was made using twist ties as a base. I put some paper clay composite on top and then painted that with wood stain. A couple times. The pink “blossoms” are tiny bits cut from the end of a faux flower sprig I had. I just glued lots of them in place.
The little pot is actually an empty tape roll that I added a cardboard bottom to and then painted. Add a bit of moss to the tree base and the tree is complete!
The bridge was made with little craft sticks glued together and then stained. The little rake was made using part of a kabob skewer and 3 toothpick ends and some wood glue.
For the tin, I used an old chocolate tin and had to hammer down the dimensional design on the top. Then I created a mixed media piece for the top of the tin. The kanji characters say “Zen” and I added accents with a gold foil pen.