A Crafty Mix


How to Make a Clock Fairy Garden and Porch Swing

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 😉

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

So this is what the clock looked like when it came home from the thrift store.

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

Ready to make a fairy porch swing and some topiaries? Click page 2 below for the full tut 😉

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Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Fairy Garden Crafts, Home Decor Crafts, Planters, 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 20, 2020 22:51

        Jeannie Marshall

        Where do you get the fairy lights
        • Posted: February 21, 2020 04:53


          Hello Jeannie, we buy ours at the local China Mall, but you can get them one Amazon too and most large craft or hobby shops will sell them too.
  • 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