How do you make a whimsical mushroom craft even better? Pair a big, polka dot mushroom with the bluebird of happiness and you get Rebekah Meier’s Springtime Bluebird & Mushroom. Rebekah has shared her paper clay creations with us before, and I always call them heirloom crafts. This sweet, spring craft project will take some time to make, but it’s a keepsake that you’ll always treasure. Speaking of happiness, I’m also announcing the winners of the SNAP swag giveaway today. Read on!
To make a Springtime Bluebird & Mushroom, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls: 4”, 1 1/2”, 2
- Cone: 6”
- Paper clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
- Acrylic craft paint: Moon Yellow, Baby Pink, Raw Umber, Canyon Orange, Tapioca, Sky Blue, Coral
- Gel stain in maple
- Staining & antiquing medium
- Acrylic satin varnish
- Glitter glue
- Ribbon, 1/4″ x 12″
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; waxed dental floss; fine sanding block or sandpaper; clay knife; acrylic clay roller; bamboo skewers or round toothpicks; powder; pencil; ruler; ¼” & ½” flat, liner paintbrushes; plastic water bottle cap
To make a Springtime Bluebird & Mushroom:
Make the mushroom
1. Measure 2-1/2” down from the narrow end of the cone, and with a pencil, score a line at this point all around the cone. Place the dental floss on this scored line and pull, cutting the cone in two pieces. (If you prefer, you can use a serrated knife to cut the foam.)
2. Cut the 4” foam ball in half.
3. Place glue on the ends of several toothpicks or bamboo skewers and insert into the top of the cone. Pick and glue a half ball onto the top of the cone, creating a mushroom.
4. Sprinkle a hard surface with powder and roll out a 3” piece of paper clay to 1/8” thickness.
5. Cover the mushroom with clay, smoothing it with wet fingertips till the surface and the seams are smooth and blended. Let dry completely.
6. Sand the mushroom with fine sandpaper and wipe clean with a soft cloth or paper towel.
7. Paint mushroom Tapioca and let dry. Paint 1/2” polka dots on the mushroom cap using Sky Blue, Moon Yellow, and Coral. Let dry.
8. Mix equal parts gel stain with the Staining & antiquing Medium. Apply mixture with a paper towel, and then wipe off immediately.
9. Brush on a coat of varnish.
10. Outline polka dots with glitter glue.
Make the Bluebird
11. Pick and glue together the 1-1/2” and 2” balls.
12. Following Steps 4 & 5 above, cover the two balls with clay. Add extra clay to the 2” ball and shape it into a tail.
13. Shape two, pea-size clay balls into small, 1/8” thick wings. Wet clay with a small amount of water and apply to the sides of the 2” ball.
14. Shape a small piece of clay into a beak and apply to the face of bird. Let clay dry.
15. Make the hat:
- Flatten a pea-size clay ball and smooth the surface.
- Roll flat another ball to 1/8” thick and cut out a circle with a water bottle cap. This will be the brim.
- Attach the flattened ball to the brim with a dab of water. Let dry.
16. Make the flower from six, tiny, pin-head size clay balls.
17. Paint the bird:
- Bird: Sky Blue. After it’s dry, gently sand with sandpaper.
- Eyes: Paint on a dot of Tapioca, let dry. Add a dot of Raw Umber using a pencil point, and when dry, add a small fleck of Tapioca. Using liner brush, line the top of each eye with Raw Umber.
- Beak: Canyon Orange
- Cheeks: Baby Pink.
- Hat: Coral
- Flower: Moon Yellow petals & Coral center
18. Glue the flower to the hat, and the hat to the bird’s head.
19. Following Step 8 & 9 above, antique and varnish the bird.
20. Tie ribbon around the bird’s neck.
21. Attach the bird to the mushroom with picks and glue.
Here’s another keepsake craft designed by Rebekah. Her Patriotic Folk Art Bird celebrates the coming summer holidays.
And now, our winners! Thank you all for stopping in leaving comments about your favorite blogs. I’ve checked them all out and you should, too. You can never have too much inspiration, right? Winners of the two goodie bags packed with SNAP swag and the materials needed to make a Decorative Mesh Flower Topiary are Pam and Katiria. Congratulations, ladies. Please contact me to arrange for your prizes.