Fairy Gardens for Beginners: Mushrooms
If you look at enough pictures of fairy gardens, you’ll notice that mushrooms and toadstools are incredibly popular. I think that it is because they are bright, whimsical, and easy to make. They were one of the very first things I ever made for my garden, and they are still among the pieces that I get the most compliments for.
Now, there are a million different ways to make these, so if this particular how-to doesn’t float your boat, I guarantee that there is another one out there more suited to your style. For instance, if you don’t enjoy working with clay, I’ve seen some people make these using rocks. There are also ways to make them using felt and stuffing.
However, if you enjoy working with clay and paint, you’ll find my way of making mushrooms a fun way to spice up your garden.
Since clay can be a bit spendy, I made it so that it only took one small package to create two or three mushrooms, depending on the size. This kept the cost of the materials (aside from the glue gun that I already owned) to under $10. This isn’t bad, considering I still have the paint brush and tons of paint left over for future crafts.
1 Small Packet White Polymer Clay (or other light, neutral color)
1 Paint Brush
Hot Glue Gun (or Superglue)
First, warm up your clay by rolling it in your hands and pulling at it. Once it is easy to mold, break off a one-inch ball of clay and roll until perfectly round. With the palm of your hand cupped, press the ball against a flat surface until it creates a sort of half-circle. This will be the top of the mushroom.
Next, take a ball of clay about half the size of the previous one and roll it into an oval shape. Flatten the two ends so that they create a flat bottom and a flat top. This will be the stem. Repeat these steps until you have as many mushrooms as you would like for your garden, then bake according to package instructions.
Once the pieces are cooled, grab your paint and paint brushes. Paint the stem white and set aside to dry. Grab one of the tops and paint it completely red, then set aside to dry. I found that it took several coats of paint to get the deep red that I was looking for, so be patient and ready to add as many coats as it takes to get it to the color you want.
When the red paint has dried, turn on your glue gun to start heating up. Take the tip of your paint brush and dip the very end into your white paint, then dot the top of the mushroom with the paint. This requires a steady hand and focus. Set aside and let paint dry.
Lastly, grab your hot glue gun and add a dot of glue to the top of the stem, then press it against the bottom center of the mushroom top. Hold for ten seconds. Repeat step for all mushrooms, then place them in your fairy garden.
If you have a different way of making mushrooms, feel free to share a link to your post in the comments section. I’ve seen so many different ways, and I think the best thing for crafters to have is options.
Whether it’s raining or sunny in your area, I hope that you are making the most of it. It’s never to late to give your fairies a beautiful place to play in!