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Toadstools

These adorable woodland toadstools are a comfortable and unique form of seating.

Toadstools

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November 2007

materials

  • 15-inch disc of 1/2-inch plywood

  • 15-inch circle of 6-inch high-density foam

  • Glue gun and glue sticks

  • Electric knife

  • Polyfil low-loft polyester batting

  • Staple gun

  • 30-inch circle of red felt

  • Fabric

  • Wool roving

  • Felting needles

  • 13-inch foam disc

  • Grey, black, and white acrylic paint

  • Paint brush

  • Tree stump

  • Drill with countersink bit

  • Screws

steps

  1. Begin by gluing the 15-inch circle of 6-inch high-density foam to the plywood. Use electric knife to shave off the top edge of the circle to create a domed top.

  2. Cut a circle of "polyfil" low-loft polyester batting 6-inches larger all around than the plywood. Place foam circle dome-side down on batting. Pull batting around to the flat side and staple in place, placing each staple opposite the last one.

  3. Place batting-covered mushroom head dome-side down on a 30-inch circle of red felt. Pull fabric very tautly around to disc and staple in place as you did with the batting. Start to trim excess felt.

  4. Take a length of wool roving and, in your hand, twist it into a circle the size you want your dot to be. Place roving circle on mushroom cap. Stab it a few times with a felting needle to tack in place. Poke repeatedly with a felting needle to mesh the wool roving with the wool felt, shaping the wool roving into a circle as you work.

  5. Paint the 13-inch disc with grey acrylic paint that has been tinted with a touch of black and a touch of white, but not thoroughly mixed to create a gradation of color. Place disc painted-side down on a tree stump that is about 4 inches smaller in diameter than the disc.

  6. Flip mushroom cap upside down, and place stump with disk centered over it. Drill a hole (using a countersink bit) in the center of the overhang of the disc, and use a screw to secure. Repeat two more times to secure in place.

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