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How to Make a Clock Fairy Garden and Porch Swing

Yay, you’re still here. I’m so glad, that means you’re ready to make that porch swing and some miniature topiaries for the clock fairy garden on page 1. Let’s start with the easy bits first.

How to Make Miniature Topiaries

For each topiary you’ll need:

  • Three beads in different sizes (small, medium and large)
  • A long tooth pick or wooden skewer that fits through the holes in the beads
  • Some moss, glue and a pair of scissors

Cover the beads with glue (we used E6000) and roll the beads in the moss until they’re completely covered. Just make sure you don’t cover the holes though. UGH, it’s a bitch to try and find them again. Ask me, I know 😉

The cutest little fairy garden inside a clock. Includes full plans for making the porch swing and the miniature topiary trees

Use a pair of scissors to trim any scraggly bits of moss and insert the toothpick or skewer through the holes in the beads. Add a small dab of glue to the bottom, largest bead so the beads don’t slip down the skewer and you’re done. You can also make the topiaries using a pool noodle 😉

Okay now to make this little beauty. I promise it’s pretty easy too.

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How to Make a Fairy Porch Swing

The swing can be made in two ways. You can either use sturdy card stock or ice cream sticks. The ice cream sticks are a little harder to cut into the right shapes but nothing beats the look of a real wooden porch swing 😉 If you use card stock please seal all the pieces with outdoor varnish to protect them from getting wet and soggy, before putting the swing together.

You’ll need:

  • Ice cream sticks or thick card stock and wooden skewers
  • Fine cable chain normally used to make jewelry. You could also use twine
  • A really sharp craft knife
  • Sand paper
  • Super Glue
  • Small side cutters
  • 4 pins

Print the really easy porch swing template below and use it to cut out all the pieces using your craft knife.

The cutest little fairy garden inside a clock. Includes full plans for making the porch swing and the miniature topiary trees

Pieces A to F are all cut from the ice cream sticks or card stock and G and H are cut from the wooden skewer. Sand any rough bits using a fine grit sand paper.

The cutest little fairy garden inside a clock. Includes full plans for making the porch swing and the miniature topiary trees

The cut pieces

Assembling The Fairy Porch Swing

Once all the bits have been cut and sanded, glue the Side Support to the Seat Support (B and D). Just remember to glue them so they mirror each other. See pic below.

The cutest little fairy garden inside a clock. Includes full plans for making the porch swing and the miniature topiary trees

Line the Back Slates (E) up neatly and glue them in between the two Back Top pieces (A). Glue the Back Support (G) that you cut from the skewer at the bottom of the Back Slates. Glue the Side and Seat Supports (B and D) to the Back (E, A and G) as shown in the piccy below.

The cutest little fairy garden inside a clock. Includes full plans for making the porch swing and the miniature topiary trees

Add the Seat Slates (F) and glue the Arm Rests (B) onto the Side Support (D). Carefully measure the distance between the Seat Slates and the Arm Rests and cut a skewer to make an Arm Support (H). Glue the Arm Supports in place.

The cutest little fairy garden inside a clock. Includes full plans for making the porch swing and the miniature topiary trees

I hope all those letters of the alphabet aren’t confusing. It really is pretty easy once you see the pieces. Finally use the pins to attach the cable chain to the porch swing. If you don’t want to mess with sharp pins you can glue twine to hang the swing.

The cutest little fairy garden inside a clock. Includes full plans for making the porch swing and the miniature topiary trees

Okay so that was a loooooong one, but I really wanted to show you how to make your own clock fairy garden and porch swing. This is now officially my favorite fairy garden that we’ve made so far. You can see some of the others here. I love the way it looks at night when we switch the fairy lights on.

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I do hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know in the comments and please shout if anything doesn’t make sense. I love getting comments. It always makes my day.

If you like the idea of the clock fairy garden don’t forget to pin it for later 😉
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Pinny Please

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, craft filled week. Love as always

Made with love by a Crafty Mix





P.S. If you liked this tutorial you might enjoy making this adorable miniature teddy bear to put on the porch swing. It’s really easy to do.

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Fairy Garden Crafts, Home Decor Crafts, Trash to Treasure


  • Posted: September 18, 2018 10:12


    🌿 Truly Enchantingly Beautiful ..... I hope you are happy that I have shared your tutorial on Moonbeams and Mayhem ( Facebook ) with a link back here, Brightest Blessings ❈ Jax ❈
    • Posted: September 18, 2018 12:02


      Oh Jax, I don't mind at all. I love your shop so much. Everything is totally my style, so having our little clock fairy garden on your facebook page is a real honor. Thanks so much 🤗
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 17:52

    Christina Makri

    Your level is so high! Really I cannot imagine how you create all these ideas of yours! Gorgeous!
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 07:01


      Thank you so much Christina ❣
  • Posted: March 4, 2018 18:25


    You have such a unique talent. Absolutely crafty. You took a very simple clock and made into something so pretty and unique #lekkerlinky
    • Posted: March 5, 2018 04:56


      😉 Thanks so much Cherralle
  • Posted: March 3, 2018 14:13

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, this is just so adorable!! I love how this turned out and now I want to make one. The swing is so sweet and beautifully crafted. This is just amazing, as always!!!
    • Posted: March 4, 2018 06:18


      Thank you my friend 😊
  • Posted: February 27, 2018 01:37


    This is beyond brilliant and so, so adorable. It's like a snow globe, but SO much better! I adore the clock - fantastic find - and the fairy garden inside is just perfect. I don't know how you do it!
    • Posted: February 27, 2018 04:42


      😊 Awwww Amy thank you. I love how you compared it to a snow globe, that's so apt
  • Posted: February 25, 2018 09:56

    Jeannette Wentzel

    So cute! I love your creative ideas! It works so well with the succulents. #lekkerlinky
    • Posted: February 25, 2018 11:50


      Thank you Jeanette and for the lovely feature at the last #LekkerLinky. I really appreciate it so much
  • Posted: February 16, 2018 22:36

    Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    I love love this fairy garden and swing. I have been getting into making miniature scenes, they are so fascinating. Your swing is wonderful, I must try and make one.
    • Posted: February 17, 2018 04:54


      Thank you Kathleen. Once you start making miniature gardens it can become a little addictive. Hope you get to making a teeny porch swing
  • Posted: February 16, 2018 20:48


    OMG! This is incredible! I am a sucker for old alarm clocks and this has be the most fabulous idea one can use to transform it. I have a huge clock left from my grandpa and thought of turning it into a castle tower {for 6 years now} -'tis still an old clock. No transformation done. - I still revolve ideas around my head. This kind of project wouldn't be suitable for it - but I must find something similar to yours and make this!
    • Posted: February 19, 2018 13:22


      That castle tower sounds so amazing Maya. I hope you get around to making it I would love to see how it turns out
  • Posted: February 16, 2018 16:26


    This is such a sweet and different idea, using the clock is brilliant. I see one of these in my granddaughters' fairy garden this Spring. Love it.
    • Posted: February 19, 2018 13:23


      Thank you Leanna, I'm sure your grandbabies will love it and have so much fun too
  • Posted: February 16, 2018 15:32


    How charming! You are right, originally it was definitely a bit Grandma-ish, but you created something amazing out of it! I'll have to do a porch swing made from ice cream sticks! My mom collects tiny things, and a tiny porch swing would be something she'd love! :D
    • Posted: February 19, 2018 13:24


      Thank you so much, I'm sure your mom will love it Flora, especially if her daughter makes her one.
  • Posted: February 15, 2018 17:30

    Nikki Gwin

    Pinned and shared. This is fantastic! What a great imagination you must have. I love the swing. :) gwingal
    • Posted: February 16, 2018 07:29


      Thank you so much Nikki ❣
  • Posted: February 15, 2018 14:05


    Michelle, that is totally ingenious! You say the clock was oversized, so about how big is it? Just wondering. Every detail is hand done, even those topiaries. It makes such a cute piece for your fairy garden now.
    • Posted: February 15, 2018 15:13


      Thank you Florence, I really appreciate that. The clock face is about 17 cm (6 1/2") in diameter and the little porch swing is 6 cm (2 1/4") long
  • Posted: February 15, 2018 05:46


    Wow! I'm so impressed that you made the tiny swing! It's really neat.
    • Posted: February 15, 2018 12:12


      Thanks so much Natasha, I almost feel really to tackle the real thing now 🙂
  • Posted: February 14, 2018 05:24


    Michelle, your craftiness never ceases to amaze me! This is such a cute idea and the perfect way to use the clock. I can’t believe you even made the tiny swing yourself (I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised by now 😂). I love it!
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 06:56


      😊 Thank you Sam
  • Posted: February 14, 2018 04:40


    This is so cute and crafty. I've always wanted to get into DIY projects. Building doll houses for some reason is on my list....maybe its just the kid in me.
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 05:13


      LOL Nadia, we all need to feed that kid inside of us. We love making miniatures
  • Posted: February 14, 2018 02:30

    Ayana Nell

    This is SO creative and so incredibly cute!!! I love the little plant pouring out from under the swing, and the twinkle lights! Definitely a successful up-cycle project!
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 05:14


      Thank you so much Ayana. That little plant is one of my favorite indigenous succulents. She's so rewarding and easy to care for.
  • Posted: February 14, 2018 02:19

    Tanvi Rastogi

    O. My. Gosh! That has to be the cutest thing I saw today. To intricate and charming. Kudos to you for all the effort you put into the DIYs. It makes me realize my own lack of patience and creativity *shucks*
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 15:37


      Awwwww Tanvi, thank you so much. I seriously love making fairy gardens. It's like miniature versions of the real thing
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 21:14


    What an amazing project! I love the result, that is so cute! You are really talented :)
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 15:38


      Thank you Nati 😊
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 18:44

    Elizabeth O

    Oh my word this is so very creative and absolutely stunning. I would love to be able to give this a try and see if I could make it as beautiful as this
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 15:39


      I'm sure yours will turn out lovely Elizabeth. Let me know how it goes
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 16:34


    Ah this is so magical! I really love this creation!! I've been seeing a lot of miniature gardens/fairy gardens online lately (guilty, I've been googling) but this is my most favourite, I love how you have the frame of something ordinarily found in the house and added such a magical and fantastic twist to it! I am sure this is going to get so many admirer's when they come to your house!
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 05:16


      🙂 Thank you Ithi, we love our miniature gardens, they're so much fun to make and there are so many thing you could use to make one.
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 16:33


    Oh! I just saw a clock like that at the thrift store! What a unique creation. I need to start a fairy garden so my yard can look cute.
    • Posted: February 14, 2018 15:40


      Oh Yes!!!! They are so much fun to do Alicia
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 15:41


    You have such an amazingly creative mind. Infusing innovative theme and transforming into a magical piece. Wonderful truly.
    • Posted: February 15, 2018 13:16


      Awwww Indu, thank you so much
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 10:39


    Oh my god! This is just so cute! I love diy's like this one, that kind that repurposes old stuff :) adorable!
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 11:39


      Thanks so much Maria 🙂
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 10:27

    Emily Leary

    This is amazing and such a clever creative idea. It's really beautiful.
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 11:39


      Thank you Emily 🙂
  • Posted: February 13, 2018 02:27


    My jaw dropped when I saw the transformation! This is so creative and such a cute idea! Magical is the perfect word for it~~ ~
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 05:54


      😊 Awww Vivian, thank you so much
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 23:55


    This is so adorable and clever as well! I always love little vignettes and this is so fun!
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 05:55


      Thank you Janine, I'm really glad you like it
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 23:19


    Well that looks magical! At first glance, I thought it was human sized. LOL! This is so creative.
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 05:57


      😁 That's great Kesha, I'm glad to know the little porch swing and topiaries look like the real thing
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 22:41

    Evelyn, Path of Presence

    You are marvelously creative! ❤ I envision that to be a sanctuary for some lucky fairy! 😁 Thank you for the inspiration! ❤
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 05:59


      Thanks so much Evelyn 😊
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 22:02

    Sadhna Grover

    Sorry, I wrote bench, it is a swing, too cute swing and the fairy garden.
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:08


      LOL my friend I don't mind at all ❤
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 22:00

    Sadhna Grover

    OMG, From where do you get this type of awesome idea of converting the clock into a fairy garden? I love it and the bench is so cute. Amazing work Michelle.
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:08


      Thank you Sadhna, the fairies made me do it 😉
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 21:41

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    That is the most adorable little fairy garden. I love the little swing and the topiaries. So cute! I bet it does look amazing at night with the lights on.
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:07


      Thank you Linda 😊 Those little lights add just the right touch to the fairy garden and I was actually quite surprised with how lovely they look at night.
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 21:11

    Sam - Raggedy Bits

    This is so cute, Michelle!! What a fabulous repurpose of an old clock!! How adorable are those sweet topiary trees!!
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:05


      Thanks so much Sam 😉 The topiaries are always so much fun to make and really easy too
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 20:59

    Stephanie Jeannot

    The clock was cute as it was but I love how you transformed it the way that you did. That was a cool craft project.
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:03


      Thanks so much Stephanie 😉
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 19:27


    Oh My Goodness Girl, this clock is amazing on it's own, but how you turned it into something so magical and beautiful is just mind blowing. I know I say the same each time, but I just can't find the right words to describe your amazing creativity! LOVE IT!
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:03


      😊 Thank you Katrin. Everytime I pop into your blog I feel exactly the same. You have such a distinct decorating style. I swear I'd recognize it anywhere
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 16:55


    This is so precious. You always amaze me with your creativity. You have the ability to see what others only wish they could see.
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:00


      😊 Thank you Debra, that means a lot to me
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 16:50


    Oh my I have to say that I was not expecting so much magic. You went above and beyond with this one. It is a mini masterpiece. Literally, you have created so much fairy mood and essence. I keep on expecting Galadriel to walk on over and sit on the swing. .
    • Posted: February 13, 2018 06:01


      I would be over the moon if the beautiful Galadriel decided to use our fairy porch swing my friend. That would just be sooooo amazing
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 15:59


    Wow, seems so fun to do these arts and craft. Not sure I can achieve as my hands are quite dumb. My house has few clocks which is broken and may be I shall give it a go.
    • Posted: February 12, 2018 16:31


      It's loads of fun. Maybe you can start with turning the clocks into a fairy garden and then when you feel more comfortable try making the porch swing. You might surprise yourself.
  • Posted: February 12, 2018 13:40


    This is so adorable! I just love it. It's full of fairy magic and charm. I would have never thought to transform an old clock into fairy magic like you did, Michelle. I'm also so inspired by your talent!
    • Posted: February 12, 2018 14:07


      Thank you so much Carolann. We haven't made a fairy garden in such a long time so I really enjoyed making this one

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