I want to share with you how to make these Mushroom Sculptures. With all the cool rainy weather its been perfect weather for mushrooms, sprouting up all over the place. About 4 years ago I read about these mushrooms in Family Fun Magazine. They were supposed to be for the kids to play with but I decided to make them into garden decorations. Four years later and they are still holding up strong.
When I used to participate in Farmer's Markets they were always my biggest seller.
-set of stainless steel bowls, red spray paint (I used tractor paint and it has withstood 4 Canadian winters), white or cream colored acrylic paint, paintbrush, a good outdoor sealer (I use Decoart Duraclear Varnish in gloss) a drill, a nice log approx. 18-24 inches high (choose one with lots of good bark texture), some heavy duty screws 3 inches or so(don't use nails as they may split your log)
You want to first prepare your bowls for painting. Using Windex or Fantastik, clean the outside of the bowl. You can also handwash in hot soapy water. Sometimes they have an oily film on them and you want to degrease them. Next take some sandpaper and lightly rough them up, not a lot as you don't want the scratches to show thru the paint.
Take them outside and lay on some newspaper. Give them a good spray with your red tractor paint. I found mine in the hardware section of Wal mart. Let dry and then give them another coat. You don't want any drips so watch closely as you spray. While you have the spray paint out take the screws you plan on using a give the tops of them a quick spray.
When dry start painting spots directly onto the red paint. You want to vary the sizes . Let dry and give them an extra coat of paint ( or two).
Let the paint dry for a full 24hrs ( even if it feels dry it won't be cured, if you seal to early the paint may lift off on you ).
Paint a good coat of sealer on. Let dry and then do a second coat.
The next step is to make sure you log is level, you may have to cut the ends until it sits right.
Drill two holes in the center of the bowl, go slowly as you don't want to damage the paint. If you do damage the paint you can do a touch up once your mushroom is put together. Place bowl on log and mark where the two holes are.
Take off bowl and pre drill your holes in the log. Put the bowl on top of the log and line up the holes. Now take the screws you have painted and attach the bowl to the log. Try to get as tight as you can so it won't wobble. Do any paint touchups.
You now have some great mushrooms for the garden. They look especially nice in the fall with all those complimentary colors in the leaves. Make one or three or five. I have kept mine outside for four years thru all types of weather and they still look great!
Good luck mushroom hunting.
see you later