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.