OoooEeee I’m super excited to share this week’s little bit of craftiness with you all. A while back I found an oversized clock at our local thrift store. I originally planned to upcycle it into something that would fit into our boho gypsy decor but when I took it apart, it struck me that it would make the most amazing little clock fairy garden. All it needed was a porch swing and a little bit of fairy dust 😉
So this is what the clock looked like when it came home from the thrift store.
I loved how big and chunky it was but that inside picture was just ……… I don’t know………. too Grandma-ish 😀 Is that even a word? But there’s nothing that a little paint and some mod podge couldn’t fix, right!!? Well, I was wrong. Turns out this clock was destined for something far more magical.
Here’s How to Turn a Clock Into a Magical Fairy Garden
First things first, I needed to figure out a way to turn the clock into a planter and keep the fairy garden bits inside. The glass that protects the face of the clock was just perfect. I marked the glass and got the friendly chaps at the hardware store to cut it for me. You can also use a combination of chicken wire and coconut fiber if cutting the glass isn’t an option.
The clock face was a bit small to use as the backing for the fairy garden so I cut a piece of plastic to fit. I made a small hole in the plastic backing for some fairy lights and used silicon glue to attach the backing to the clock, before threading the fairy light through and using glue dots to attach them to the top of the clock.
The front glass plate got a coat of flat black spray paint before it was glued on the inside front of the clock. Once the glue dried, the hubby drilled a few small holes at the bottom of the clock for drainage and she was ready to be filled with a layer of small stones, some perlite, charcoal and garden soil. Just as an aside, you can get more awesome tips for planting succulents here.
To hide the fairy lights I used some of that spider web stuff you’d normally use to decorate for Halloween. We hung a porch swing made from ice cream sticks inside and added two topiaries on either side. Head on over to page two if you want to see how to make them. Finally, we planted the beautiful Crassula pellucida at the bottom. You may remember this indigenous succulent from when we repurposed broken wine glasses to make coconut planters. And if you’re looking for some awesome tips on how to identify and care for your succulents then this post will help a whole bunch.