I'm pretty happy with how they turned out but I think next time I'll make the tops just a bit bigger.
- cereal or cracker box
- something circular to trace around
- paper towels cut into strips
- white glue
- recycled container
- sticks cut from pruned branches
- old book pages, optional
- hot glue gun, adult to use only
- paint, acrylic or tempera
Gather your materials. If you can't find any sticks you can use a narrow cardboard tube.
Cut out. You want different sizes, some I made to be more oval.
Cut a little piece out, making it look like a Pac Man.
Overlap one cut end onto the other cut end. It will form a little cap.
Moisten your strips in the mixture and start applying to your cardboard cap. Every now and then put a dry one on to soak up the excess.
You only need about 2 coats.
I did one coat on the inside.
If you are using a cardboard tube as the stem you'll need to apply a layer of papier mache to that as well.
Set aside to dry. Turn once to make sure the other side dries as well.
I like to have a container with a lid to store the excess glue/water mixture. I keep it and use it for the next project.
Apply over the paper towel layers. I have them radiating out from the center.
Trim away the excess.
When dry I painted the insides first. I just did a watercolor wash.
I then hot glued them into place on the sticks as I thought it would be easier to paint that way.
Paint with acrylic or tempera.
When dry I painted them with a wash.
Now some of the mushrooms just stood up on their own. Others I needed a base for. I had some wood pieces but you could also use some heavy corrugated cardboard given a coat of paint.
Hot glue them to the base and add a little moss to cover the glue.
They look great on display.
I love the texture you've created with the paper and natural bark. I can imagine the kids creating a fairy ring with dancing fairies! Or perhaps the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland! Wonderful :)ReplyDelete
I love it! Def. going to attempt this!ReplyDelete
I think you have too much fun! ;)ReplyDelete
Wow...Those are way to cute!! And what fun to make...I pinned it to try later!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the great tutorial!
So inspiring and creative. Thank you for posting the steps.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I totally love your shrooms. You never cease to amaze me!ReplyDelete
Did this with my classes, grades 4-8. Used cardboard for the base. Added a few small rocks to the bottom. The students had great fun! Love your website!ReplyDelete
Wooow I love these! I want to make some for around the him Autumn decor!! AmazingReplyDelete