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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mushrooms Abound

Beneath the Rowan Tree's Lori shares how to make a Fairy Circle's worth of magical mini mushrooms! Her original post (with more pictures and great suggestions for mushroom use) can be found here.



In the process of planning out and preparing for our Fairy Garden we created some wooden mushrooms from drawer pulls and I thought I would share the process so you can scatter some magical little mushrooms around your home and garden, too! Sweet teacher's gifts and a simple way to bring a little wonder to any grey spot or grey day. Endless personalization options, too!



Materials:
* Wooden drawer pulls, size and style of your choice (available at most hardware stores and as craft supplies where wooden craft parts/ cutouts are sold). We are using 1" hardwood knobs for this project.
* Acrylic craft paint and suitable brushes (at least one large brush and one fine/ round brush)
* Sealer of your choice (we used a non-toxic polyturethane based outdoor sealer with a satin/ shiny finish). If you plan to put your mushrooms outdoors, this is highly recommended.
* Palette, water, soft cloth for cleaning brushes between colours.

Instructions:
1) Prepare your painting space as suits your painters (ie drop cloth for young children).
Choose your colours and prepare your palette and water.
2) Begin by painting the stems of each toadstool in your chosen colour(s).
Turn them on their 'caps' to dry (will dry quickly if using acrylics).
Apply a second coat if desired.
3) When the stems are dry, begin to paint the caps. Apply a second coat if desired. Let dry.



TIP: Use your finer brush. Load it with paint. Turn your mushroom on its cap. Place the brush along the outer edge of the underside of the cap and spin the wooden piece (rather than trying to make a smooth, clean edge by moving the brush) for a nice even edge. This may take a bit of practice! If you wobble along, just repeat, widening the band of colour to take in the flub.
4) Using white (or colour of choice) and your fine brush, make dots on the top of the mushroom.
Vary the size and placement for one of a kind toadstools.
If you want a little grass at the base, use a green of your choice and paint tufts of grass on the stem.
Let dry completely (the dots may take a bit to dry through).
While waiting for the spots to dry, clean up palette and paints (and kids!).
5) Repeating the steps above (coating stems and then caps), apply the sealer of your choice.
This is best done by an adult.
Apply one or two thin coats and set aside to dry.
Avoid sealing on humid days as they will be very slow to dry.
Rinse sealer brush with VERY hot water, very thoroughly (I have lost more brushes this way...)



Enjoy!

Lori's Etsy shop, Beneath the Rowan Tree, is really a team effort! Her husband, Andy, and "inspiring, exasperating just-turning 4 year old Rowan" are also involved in creating an amazing selection of toys. Whether wool or wood, playsilks or matching games, there is something to delight both kids and grown-ups is waiting in their shop.

4 Comments:

Blogger Yarn Miracle said...

I've already got my drawer pulls to try it myself!

September 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger germandolls said...

These would look really cute with my mushroom dresses! Hope I can try it some time...

September 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger LittleElf said...

Cuteness! A great and fun idea. ^_^

September 16, 2010 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

These fly agaric mushrooms are addictive-- to put on nature tables, that is, not to eat. :) Thank you for this tutorial.

September 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

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