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.
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)
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.
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 Bonus: Gold flecked fingernails!
6. Plant the mushrooms in your terrarium! I think the mushrooms look best clustered together, since that is how real mushrooms grow.
Guaranteed not to die—even if you forget to water them. ;)