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 toothpick or a 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 them 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 how 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. You can also make the topiaries using a pool noodle 😉
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 skewer
- Fine cable jewelry chains. You could also use twine
- A really sharp craft knife or scroll saw
- 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 or scroll saw.
Pieces A to F are all cut from the ice cream sticks or card stock and G and H are cut from skewers. Sand any rough bits using fine-grit sandpaper.
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 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, the pins 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 one of my favorite fairy gardens. You can see some of the others here. I love how it looks at night when we switch on the fairy lights.
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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Until next time, I hope you have a beautiful, craft-filled week. Love as always
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.