Tick, Tock, It's a Fairy Garden in a Clock

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I LOVE fairy gardens  and over the years we've made loads of them, but this little one is now officially my favorite.

We built the fairy garden inside this over sized clock that we found at a local thrift store.

The clock mechanism didn't work any more and I originally thought I'd just fix it up a little and use it as part of our decor. While taking it apart it struck me  that it would be the perfect container for a fairy garden. The clock is about 17 cm or 6 1/2" tall and has just enough space inside for planting small succulents, adding a porch swing and two bead topiaries. All I needed to do, after a few tweaks, was drill some holes at the bottom for drainage, add soil and plant her up.

We even made a miniature porch swing from ice cream sticks to fit inside.

The porch swing hangs from the top of the clock in amongst a star filled sky.

And the little topiaries on either side are just three different sized beads that have been covered in moss and stuck together with a skewer.

I'm super excited about how she turned out.

What do you think? Would you use an old clock to make a fairy garden? I'd love to know.

P.S. you can download the plans for the little porch swing and see the full tutorial with lots of pictures on the blog. The link should be down at the bottom of this post. Come say hi, we love getting visitors.

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  • Danielle Mayle Danielle Mayle on Apr 04, 2019

    Did you remove the front plate on the clock altogether? I'd myself maybe leave it just due to having sand in the clock and I have three kids...lol adorable tho!

  • Tricia Allred Tricia Allred on Feb 23, 2020

    How did you make the starry background?

  • Joa23061954 Joa23061954 on Jan 11, 2021

    What did you use to keep the sand in?

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  • Bbunny Bbunny on Jan 16, 2021

    Love it! I have an old clock I've been saving and this would make a good project for that. Also, I have a dearly-loved-for-years wooden clock that no longer works. The replacement "motor" doesn't fit properly so if I don't find one that does, I am going to make a fairy garden or plain planter with faux succulents out of it. Thank you. It's not a family heirloom or expensive, etc., but I just can't get rid of it.

    • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 17, 2021

      That sounds amazing and it's going to look so pretty too. I can just picture your old wooden clock with all that faux greenery. If you want to use real plants you can put some porous landscape fabric inside to protect it and maybe make a faux waterfall too. You can find a tutorial for making one here  https://acraftymix.com/blog/floating-teapot-tutorial/ Have fun with your clock

  • Miss Daisy Miss Daisy on Jan 12, 2022