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. 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 😉
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.
Okay now to make this little beauty. I promise it’s pretty easy too.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, craft filled week. Love as always