I love the smell of incense and ever since I found an awesome incense vendor at the Wagon Wheel flea market (selling it for 20 sticks per dollar) I have accumulated a large quantity. I bought a cheap $1 orange incense holder from him, but wanted something a little more fun. I’ve also always wanted a little mini zen rock garden, so I decided to combine the ideas into one.
- 2 Sheets of 6″X.25″X12″ Plywood $6
- Decorative River Rocks $4
- Incense Holder $1
Total Cost: $11
Supplies already on hand:
- Super Glue
- Black Enamel Spray Paint
- Sand (fresh from the beach!)
Step One: Measure, cut and glue the plywood. Okay, that’s kind of like 3 steps, but this project is really easy. No need for me to over-complicate things. I used one full sheet as the bottom for the box, then used a pen to mark where to cut the other pieces for the sides. Two long and two short pieces about 1 inch tall did the trick. The hardest part was gluing the plywood together. My glue was not instant and I kept moving and messing it up while it was drying.
Step Two: Paint the holder. I chose a black gloss enamel for a polished look. Two coats and it was looking great.
Step Three: Fill it up. I bought an incense holder from the dollar store for $1. I put it at the bottom of the bigger zen holder and covered it with sand, which I got from the beach down the street. Then I aligned the rocks, placed a stick of incense and ended up with an awesome new holder!