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Toadstools

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

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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2007

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    Are these indoors only? -Would be cute on a porch but would it be ruined if it got wet?

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    What is the base made out of?

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  • pebblebee 5 Nov, 2008

    if you are going to use a 5 gallon pail get a piece of plywood cut the diameter of the inside of the pail.. attach the plywood to the 15" piece used for the seat.. this will slip in the bucket to hold the seat on.

  • brittanie 6 Feb, 2008

    I am re-doing my daughters room and I am making these but in PINK! I am attempting a table thats not plush to go with it! Found some really cute rub-ons to add to the under side or on the trunk .. Tiny little Fairies and bus.. Looking for a Gnome!

  • nmcgehee 25 Nov, 2007

    We are doing a big event at the high school and were already planning on making toadstools! but the wood stumps would be too heavy to store and move in for the event. Using buckets would be a great idea, but how would you attach the mushroom top?
    Thanks!

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  • sonyasebok 16 Nov, 2007

    Could you also let me know how much a (wooden) stool would cost? Thank you for your time and have a great day.
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  • MrsAndrews 16 Nov, 2007

    This is so cute, I would love to make one for my nieces! The tree stump seems like it would be really heavy, though - is it? The idea of using a bucket sounds like a good alternative.

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  • bearknowledge 16 Nov, 2007

    Try making the stool out of a 5 gallon bucket. There are plastic paints to faux paint the stump look.Maybe hinge the lid. Cover the top with soft plastic and use as a tote for playing outside, or as a garden tote, using the seat to save your back or knees.Keeping things orginized, it's a good thing!