DIY: Terrarium Mushrooms

October 10th, 2012

Lately we’ve had a lot of rain around here, and all sorts of wild looking mushrooms have been popping up. Since one of my terrariums recently suffered a casualty, I decided to make some little mushrooms to fill the void.

DIY terrarium decorations


oven bake-able polymer clay
sturdy wire cut into 3″–4″ lengths (make sure it isn’t the plastic-coated kind)
appropriate baking dish (according to package instructions)
an oven
masking tape
gold spray paint


1. Roll grape-sized lumps of clay into snakes of various lengths. Concentrate the rolling on one end, so you end up with one skinny end and one bulgy end.

2. Shape each bulgy end into a mushroom cap with your fingertips.

3. Slowly and carefully feed a piece of wire up through the stem of the mushroom and into the cap. Make sure the wire doesn’t poke out the top. Leave the excess wire sticking out the bottom of the stem. The wire will anchor your mushroom in the soil, and make the skinny stem a little more sturdy.

DIY terrarium decorations

4. Lay the mushrooms in your baking dish, and bake them according to the package instructions. Let the mushrooms cool completely.

5. Tape off the mushroom stems, leaving the caps exposed. Spray paint the caps gold. I painted a few mushrooms completely gold too, just for a little variety.

DIY terrarium decorations

DIY Bonus: Gold flecked fingernails!

DIY terrarium decorations

6. Plant the mushrooms in your terrarium! I think the mushrooms look best clustered together, since that is how real mushrooms grow.

DIY terrarium decorations

DIY terrarium decorations

Guaranteed not to die—even if you forget to water them. ;)


  1. So cute!! Love the idea, especially the no-watering-required part ;-)

  2. stop it! those are so cute I can’t stand it. love the gold!

  3. Hahaha, very nice.. For a moment, I thought you were going to use real mushrooms! This makes me want to crack out the fondant and start modelling.

  4. wow. so cute!! I have been making some terrariums and wanted a cute little filler .. this is so perfect :)

  5. This is the sweetest idea! I didn’t even realise they weren’t real from the first photo :)

  6. This is super beautiful! It’ stole my heart from a first glimpse on instagram. And now the DIY? Oh my, I feel like I have to make them right now!

  7. These are fantastic. Very well done!

  8. Joy

    I saw these on your instagram and I thought you were making door handles. I was way off. Cute!

  9. Shawn

    They are adorable! Love them down to my toes.

  10. Have you seen my knitted fungi series? They could also work as a great variation.

  11. Thanks for sharing this cute project.

  12. I was so happy to see your piece in The Simple Things November issue on terrariums. Congratulations! The Simple Things is truly my all time favorite magazine now, it’s just delightful.
    Have a great day.

  13. Regina

    “DIY Bonus: Gold flecked fingernails!”
    This made me LOL. =)

  14. Amanda

    Pinning! Absolutely awesome. I will be adding to my terrariums soon! Thanks for the tutorial!

  15. jet

    love this, it’s sooo adorable and lovely to watch,it made me smile;-D
    Thank you for all you effords to made such a great tute for us all and to share it.XD
    I really apriciate this;-D

  16. Mimi

    I love this idea. My daughter is getting married in November and they’re holding it at a beautiful winery in the woods. They’re trying to keep everything done with natural decor, like pine cones, etc. The terrarium will be her wedding favors. Thank you so much for this beautiful idea. We love it.

  17. Hey, super little project. Didn’t realise they were ‘faux shrooms’ till I read the HowTo. Fantastic stuff.

  18. Bekah

    Hey, darlin’!! What type of spray paint did you use? I like the hue of gold as it’s not to yellowey. Thanks so much!

  19. Arlene

    I am just getting into terraniums. Lookinf for ictagon patterns to work from. You have some fun ideas. Will be following you.

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