Any room in my house is home to anywhere between 5 and 10 houseplants. Many of them have names and many of them might be hiding a miniature little gold dinosaur peeking out from behind the foliage. I love adding small touches of whimsy throughout my home and felt these mushroom plant ornaments were the perfect addition.
You will need:
Mold the Clay Domes
To make the tops of the mushrooms, start by forming a round ball out of clay. Make a little indent with your thumb and then use a pinching movement, moving around in a circle, to form the dome of the mushroom. Keep in mind the different shapes that mushrooms occur naturally and try to mimic that. I did two different kinds.
Then, use a knife or pottery tool to create ribs on the underside of the domes.
Mold the Clay Stems
To make the stems, roll a length of clay under you hand until you get the desired size. The top should be thinner than the base.
Then, use the dowel to poke a hole in the bottom of the stem about 1/2″ deep. Wiggle it around just a little so that there will be room for the glue later. Remove the dowel and set it aside for later.
Bake the Clay
Bake the clay according to package directions. I baked mine for 30 minutes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Paint the Baked Clay
Paint all the pieces of your mushroom however you desire. It will probably take several coats to achieve even coverage.
Assemble the Mushrooms
Use a hot glue gun to glue the domes to the stems and the dowels into the stem base.
Seal the Mushrooms
I painted on a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal the mushrooms.
Place the Mushrooms in a Houseplant
Nestle your mushrooms in alongside a houseplant and adore.