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Mushroom Table Decorations

Cute clay mushrooms add a rustic woodland element to holiday decor. This how-to comes from TV crafter Kristin St. Clair.

Materials

  • 16-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Small pliers
  • Air-drying clay
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Cross section of birch or other tree branch
  • Drill
  • Preserved moss
  • White glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a 7-inch piece of wire and use pliers to bend the top half-inch at a 90-degree angle.

  2. Step 2

    Make a ball of clay and push wire through ball, stopping about one centimeter from the bend at top. Roll clay and wire between hands to make a stem, tapering at the bottom. Secure wire with stem in a block of Styrofoam or a sturdy cup overnight or until hardened. (Tip: Use a paintbrush dipped in water to smooth imperfections.)

  3. Step 3

    For the cap, make a larger clay ball and press onto bended top of stem. Use your index finger to blend the clay together, joining cap to stem. Tip: To avoid cracking at the joint, let stem dry completely before making cap.

  4. Step 4

    Place mushroom cap-side down on a flat surface. Use thumbs to push cap down flat onto surface until desired cap size is reached. Lift from surface and gently curve the edges of the cap.

  5. Step 5

    Smooth top of cap with a wet paintbrush. Turn mushroom upside down again and use a pencil to create gills on underside of cap.

  6. Step 6

    Let mushroom dry and paint desired color.

  7. Step 7

    For a display base, drill holes into a cross section of birch bark and cover top surface with preserved moss. Fit bare wire at bottom of mushroom into holes, using glue to secure, if desired. (Tip: Mushrooms can also be displayed in houseplants.)

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2011

Reviews (1)

  • RoseMagic266 7 Aug, 2012

    Does anyone know which color paint was used on the brown mushrooms? (I assume it is Martha Stewart brand)