In my mind, springtime is mushroom season. When I was a kid, we’d search the woods around my grandparents’ house for morel mushrooms. In honor of spring mushrooms, I’m sharing a few mushroom crafts this week, like this Mushroom Terrarium. I love the whimsical, polka dot mushroom in this DIY terrarium. Part of the fun is accessorizing it with miniatures like butterflies, fairies and gnomes. After all, when you make a terrarium, you’re really making your own little world, right? (Don’t forget this week’s giveaway, too.)
To make a Mushroom Terrarium, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 3” egg
- Clear glass or plastic container, about 6” x 4”
- Red & white polka dot cupcake liner, lightweight paper, or fabric
- Miniature critters, such as a butterfly, other insects, fairies, etc.
- Sheet moss
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; teaspoon; optional: iron
To make a Mushroom Terrarium:
- Make the mushroom stem:
- Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap for easier cutting.
- Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the 3” foam egg.
- Firmly roll the egg on a flat surface to shape it. You want the narrow end to be significantly thinner (refer to photo), so compress it more along the narrow end.
- Smooth the sides firmly with the back of a teaspoon.
- Cut the 2” foam ball in half. Glue one half ball onto the mushroom stem. Test fit to be sure the mushroom will fit inside your container.
- Smooth out the cupcake liner. Optional: lightly press with a warm iron. Make ½” – ¾” cuts all around the outside edge.
- Center the paper circle on the mushroom cap and glue in place, smoothing the paper over the top of the mushroom, and folding the tabs to the underside. Trim away any excess paper.
- Assemble the terrarium:
- Cut a piece of moss to fit inside the lid, and glue in place.
- Glue the mushroom to the center of the lid.
- Add your faux insects or other embellishments. (I recently saw a miniature unicorn that I’d love to add!)
- Place the lid on the jar and display.
Here’s another favorite mushroom craft – the Moss Rock Wreath with Felted Mushrooms.
Every once in a while when I’m out for a walk, I’ll find morel mushrooms in random places. I’ll pick them for my dad to fry up and enjoy, the same way he’s done it since he was a kid. How about you? Have you ever hunted for wild mushrooms?
Remember to enter the big SNAP swag giveaway this week. I’m giving away two prize packages packed with awesome craft goodies. Trust me, you don’t want to miss your chance to win!