By: Melissa Kay
Want a cute addition to your garden? Go for DIY garden mushrooms! They’re whimsical, fun to create, and will make any backyard or garden even more inviting.
Planting and pruning is fun, but there’s another way to make your garden glorious. Go for DIY garden mushrooms for a solo or family activity – with an artsy result to marvel at in the end. These decorative garden mushrooms will impress guests and make you smile every time you walk into your yard.
Tip: Add them to your garden’s fairy house for that extra touch.
Step 1: Buckets or Bowls
For those who are looking to make use of unused household items (want to recycle or upcycle), using old water or paint buckets — or large plastic bowls — is the way to go. Take a bucket with the bottom side up and paint it whatever colour you’d like your mushroom to be.
You can also go for a clean look by keeping it all white or grey and focusing the colours and designs on the bowl top. Once you are done painting the bucket, now it’s time to decorate the bowl. Keep in mind that the bowl will go upside down atop the bucket to create the classic mushroom shape. With this plastic mushroom creation, a bright design with vibrant colours looks best.
Step 2: Decorate
Cover the entire outside of the bowl with a waterproof paint colour of choice, and once that’s dry, stencil or freehand large circles to paint in white. This is a great project to do with kids, and these mushrooms will liven up even the drabbest garden!
Alternative: Try Fishbowl Fungi
An old round or oval fishbowl makes for the perfect garden mushroom topper. You can use a sturdy rod as the stem or even a tall, narrow glass vase to make for a uniform, see-through look. You can stick decals onto the inside of the bowl or paint designs on the outside. But leave some clear parts showing for the captivating glass effect. Paint the stem in shades to match the colours used on the cap or leave it untouched. The bigger the bowl, the more eye-catching – just be sure it holds tightly on the stem and doesn’t topple over!
Step 3: Stumps and Stools
Many of us have old tree stumps in our garden. Turn them into art (and a seat)! Use the stump as the stem for a garden mushroom and an old stool seat as the mushroom cap. (Or mix and match with the bowls above). You can find old stools at local yard sales or at thrift shops if you don’t have old stools of your own. Fasten the stool seat onto the stump with long nails if it doesn’t fit snugly onto the stump. Paint in a shade of your choice with circular designs to create that signature mushroom look. The natural look of the stump makes for the perfect stem, but feel free to get creative with paints, too. Once everything is dry, not only do you have a garden mushroom, but a fun stool to sit on after a long day in the garden!
Alternate Project: Button Mushrooms
Not all garden mushrooms need to be large. You can craft tiny “button” mushrooms with the kids using actual buttons, and straws or lollipop sticks for stems. Pick an area off to the side of your garden to “plant” these teeny creations — so no one accidentally steps on them. Pick out some large buttons at your local craft store or from a collection you may have yourself. Large coat buttons will look best on the stems, but really any type will do. You can even make a mix of large and small in a variety of colours. Glue onto the top of the straw or stick and place upside down to dry. Once dry and secure, stick the mushroom stems into the soil in your garden to create your mini mushroom patch!
Tip: For other great outdoor decorating ideas, check out how to make moss paint.
Do you love garden mushrooms? What is your favourite DIY project?