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DIY Rose Clock Garden Craft


The DIY "rose clock"  craft project I made for the Home & Family show recently was particularly special; it featured flowers and the menu from a gala event we all attended!

The red carpet event was hosted by Crown Media, owners of the Hallmark Channel and they invited all the cast members from their shows.


Winter TCA 2015Cast-of-Home-and-Family-Show-Hallmark-channel-at-2015-Winter-TCA-Event-Pasadena.

Photo by Jeremy Lee © Crown Media Family Networks


Cast members and executives of the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel standing left to right (front row): Jeanette Pavini, Shirley Bovshow, Susan Sheryako, Marty Tenney, Mark Steines, Cristina Ferrare, Kym Douglas, Sophie Uliano

Back row, left to right: Debbie Matenopoulis, Laura Nativo, Woody Fraser, Dr. Jeanette Levenstein, Matt Iseman, Fabio Viviani, Matt Rogers and Kenneth Wingard.


I got to dress up and socialize with my Home & Family brothers and sisters over a delicious dinner!


Winter TCA 2015Crown-Media-hallmark-channel-shows-dinner-placesetting-pink-roses


When I saw the "rose menu" on the table and the gorgeous pink roses, I knew I wanted to create something special from them to remember the event.

As a fan of functional art, I decided to make a clock using these elements and it couldn't be easier


Take a look at how I made it.





Menu from the TCA dinner



Dried or preserved flowers



Clock kit

Hot Glue




Cake Round for base (could also use foam board)

Drill or round screw driver to bore hole through cardboard cake round



Mod Podge






Start by making the clock face or base.

In this case, I glued the menu from my special event to the cake round and added a coat or two of Mod Podge.

I used the extra small white pearls as an accent.


Now, we’re going to make the clock.






Drill the hole for the clock stem and attach the clock mechanism to the back of the board by inserting the clock shaft through hole.




Diagram for clock movement installation.


I preserved the roses.

You can hang them to dry or press them in a book.

I preserved these in silica gel.



Bury the flower in the gel and microwave it for 1 minute.


Final steps:

Preserve or dry your flowers in advance.

Brush or spray Mod Podge on the flowers to prevent crumbling.

Using a hot glue gun, position the flowers where you want them. 

Add a battery to the clock kit and adjust the time.


Rotate the dial in the back of the clock kit and advance to each other.

Mark on the face of the clock where the hour hand lands for each hour you rotate and glue your number to face.

This way, you place the numbers on the hour!





Keep all decorations clear of the path of the clock hands

Large theme clocks are very on trend.

A 16 inch clock can cost from $60 – $100



I experimented with different clock face backgrounds.

This one has gold and white toile paper, but it didn't make it to the final design.



Do you like this background paper and placement of roses, or is it too busy?



Clock Mechanism $10 ?

Base board $2?

Silica Gel $11?

Muffin cups $5

DIY Preserve Event Clock Under $30



garden designer shirley bovshow makes rose clock with cristina ferrare and mark steins on home and family show

Shirley with Mark and Cristina and guest, Pamela Bellwood of "Dynasty."



I placed my dried roses in muffin cups to protect them from crumbling.



This is the promotion photo I created for the rose clock segment.

I love working with Cristina Ferrare!


Photos of Shirley Bovshow, on the Red Carpet, TCA 2015


Clowning around at the TCA event with Matt Rogers, JJ Levenstein, Laura Nativo, and Matt Iseman



Shirley Bovshow with Fabio Viviani and Laura Nativo.




Garden and landscape designer, Shirley Bovshow at TCA 2015 for Crown Media



Thanks for reading this long blog post!
Isn't it time you make a clock from a cherished momento?



Palm Frond Succulent Container Arrangement


My latest garden craft uses repurposed palm fronds as containers for succulent plants.

I love the way the containers look and I'm very satisfied with how easy they are to make.


Watch the garden segment as seen on Home & Family show with Shirley Bovshow!



If you live in an area where there are no palm trees, you can order the fronds online at crafting stores.


You can also check your indoor mall for palm fronds; many grow palm trees indoors.




In Southern California, the windy season blows many palm fronds to the ground and all I have to do is drive around and pick up my future "container" materials from the street!


The rest of the materials are inexpensive, so give this project a try. 

You have nothing to lose!

As seen on the Home & Family show on Hallmark channel.




  • Palm fronds- any shape you like from "boat-like" to flat frond. 
  • sphagnum moss
  • plastic chicken wire
  • metal wire


  • outdoor grade crafting paint in your favorite color
  • polyurethane sealer-glossy
  • twine
  • copper or steal wool pot scrubber
  • succulent cuttings

I created my palm frond succulent container arrangements for the Home & Family show using succulents from Proven Winners brand, Savvy Succulents.




1. Clean the inside and outside of your palm frond with a copper pot scrubber- works just as well as sand paper!

2. Wipe off dust


3. Apply 2 coats of outdoor grade paint to outside and seal with polyurethane.

4. Wet the moss until moist but not saturated with water.



5. Cut a piece of plastic chicken wire the length of the inside of the palm frond 'pocket' and wide enough to fold over and fill with moss. Make sure it is small enough to fit inside the pocket or flat area.




6. Close the "chicken wire and moss" burrito with thin gauge wire.



7. Take succulent cuttings from your garden or from plants bought at garden center. Remove all the soil around roots.

8. Stick the succulent cuttings into the sphagnum moss and use a pencil to help create an opening in the moss.



9. Wrap twine or metal wire around the palm frond and moss to secure it and the cuttings to the frond.

10. Place palm frond container arrangement indoors in bright room, but not in direct sun, or outdoors in covered patio.




Shirley Bovshow, garden lifestyle expert for Home & Family Show on Hallmark channel

with her succulent container arrangement.


red-palm-frond-succulent-container-designed-shirley-bovshowPalm frond painted red and used as succulent container.


close-up-succulent-plant-combination-red-palm-frond-containers-shirley-bovshow-designer-edenmakers-blogClose up of Savvy Succulent plant combination


white-painted-palm-frond-on-drift-wood-planted-succulent-arrangement-shirley-bovshow-designer-edenmakers-blogShirley Bovshow's repurposed palm frond succulent container arrangement painted white and resting on driftwood.


bronze-painted-palm-frond-succulent-container-arrangement-moss-eucalyptus-sticks-designed-by-shirley-bovshow-edenmakers-blogBronze-colored palm frond succulent container arrangement with deep pocket for plants.





Do you  have any questions about making the palm frond succulent containers?






Living Succulent Tapestry Pillow in Under 5 Minutes



UPDATED JAN. 5, 2015

This  "Living, Succulent Tapestry Pillow" was designed by Shirley Bovshow and created in less than five minutes!

* The video from the Home & Family show is on automatically, if you would like to turn it off, please scroll down and press the "play" button.

(Hopefully, you'll want to watch it).


One of my favorite "garden craft" designs is the "Living Tapestry Succulent Pillow" that I originated a few years ago for my live presentation at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Ever since then, I've been tweaking it out and I really like how it looks these days.

I had the opportunity to present the succulent pillow on the "Home & Family" show which airs weekdays on the Hallmark channel.




Watch my garden segment on Home & Family show.


The one I created for Home and Family is a  bit more fancy, but the succulent pillow instructions are the same.


Original Blog Post

Shirley-Bovshow-Living-Succulent-Tapestry-Pillow is made with moss-filled outdoor pillows. A Shirley Bovshow original design!


I'm making a living succulent tapestry pillow for my presentation at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

It's part of my "10-Ways to Incorporate Art in Your Garden," presentation and is an affordable and easy garden craft to make.



Here's a video I recorded a couple of years ago for the succulent pillow.

Watch us make the succulent pillow on my web series, "Way to Grow" on the Digs channel on YouTube.


It is a Shirley original, as far as I know, (a vision came to me for it while watching Citizen Kane).

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places!

This pillow is so easy to make that you will feel guilty accepting compliments for it.

Here we go.




Materials for Living Succulent Tapestry Pillow

Outdoor pillow in solid color- avoid prints if you want your plants to be the focal point.

1 large bag of  sphagnum moss (moistened)

3 small succulent cuttings or 3"-inch potted plants

Panty hose

A sense of style

Xacto knife



  1. Open the seam of pillow on one side and remove all the stuffing.




  1. Stuff the pillow with moist sphagnum moss
  2. Position your succulents where you would like them. (Groups of three or more look nice)
  3. Remove the succulent from the pot, remove half of the soil and wrap pantyhose around root ball to keep intact. 



     4. Cut slits where you want to place your succulents and gently insert the plants. 




 Open an area in the moss and insert succulent root so that  it's not free-floating in a sea of moss.

You may want to add a "fringe" effect  to the pillow by using  a trailing plant such as fishtail senecio.

If you like a true pillow look, you can add Velcro to close the pillow. 

Or, leave it open and crown the pillow with a focal point plant like a small aeonium or echeveria.

You are done and ready to receive your praise!


Place your living succulent tapestry pillow on an outdoor bench or other water-safe surface in a part shade area.

Don't subject your pillows to harsh sunlight.

Water by misting roots once a week and less frequently in the winter time.

If you leave an opening on top of pillow, you can add water there and it will flow down to water your succulents.



Cold winter gardeners can over-winter their succulent pillows indoors and place on a pebble tray.




Succulent pillows can last for a few years although you may want to plant the cuttings in the garden once they get bigger.

Enjoy the compliments!



If you like my succulent pillow, pin it on Pinterest and tell your friends about it.