Make your own decorative mushrooms for the garden: Creative DIY ideas from different materials
As far as garden decorations are concerned, there are no limits to the imagination. If you find colorful garden figures such as dwarfs and animals in the flower beds beautiful, you will simply love these ideas for homemade decorative mushrooms for the garden! You can make such a playful garden decoration yourself from various materials and set atmospheric color accents in the garden, even when the splendor of flowers is over. Discover the most beautiful DIY ideas with us!
Make your own decorative mushrooms for the garden from old things
The upcycling trend is on the rise right now. You use old and seemingly useless objects to create something new and beautiful. We will now show you a few upcycling ideas that you can use to make beautiful decorative mushrooms. Let yourself be inspired and transform the garden into an enchanted forest like from a fairy tale.
Large decorative mushrooms from baking molds
If you have some old round baking pans in your home, they can be used for interesting DIY projects. For making large decorative mushrooms for the garden, the Gugelhupf form is wonderfully suitable as the mushroom hat, for example, and you can use a PVC pipe as a stem. Instructions and other ideas can be found below.
You will need the following materials for this project:
- Bundt pan
- PVC pipes (approx. 6-7 cm in diameter)
- Red spray paint
- Cream-colored spray paint (optional)
- White acrylic paint and brush
The first step in crafting these mushrooms from old materials is to prepare the mushroom pieces. If you want to make toadstools, then first spray the baking tins with red lacquer and let them dry well. In the meantime, you can spray the pipes off-white (or just leave them white).
As soon as the red lacquer has completely dried, paint white circles on the Gugelhupf pan with a thin brush and let it dry again.
Now all that remains is to assemble the mushrooms. The middle part must fit directly into the pipe. So in this case, you don’t need glue or other means to attach the mushroom hats. To place the mushrooms in the garden, dig a small hole in the ground, insert the pipe and cover with some earth. complete!
Cool upcycling: mushrooms from tin bowls and wood
It doesn’t necessarily have to be bundt cake molds and PVC pipes. You can use any round tin bowl or bowl and paint it to match. There are also alternatives for the mushroom stem. This garden decoration looks very beautiful and natural when you use driftwood. Put some silicone glue in the painted bowls and glue the piece of wood in the middle. Let the glue dry and the beautiful decorative mushrooms are ready.
Tip: To make toadstool heads with perfectly round dots, you can first paint the bowls white, stick circles made of paper or painter’s tape on them and only then spray them with red paint. If you then peel off the circles, you can see the round white dots underneath.
Make mushrooms as garden decorations out of clay pots
Clay pots in different sizes are another way of making original garden decorations. In addition to playful clay pot figures, you can also use them to make beautiful decorative mushrooms for the garden. For a mushroom you need a clay pot and the saucer of a larger pot. Otherwise the mushroom hats will look way too small.
How to make a mushroom from a clay pot and a large coaster:
First paint the clay pot white and let it dry. Then paint the coaster red (or another color of your choice) and let it dry. Using a drinking glass, draw circles on the bottom of the saucer with a pencil and then color in with a brush and white paint. Once the paint has dried, spray both elements with clear varnish to make the paint waterproof. All that remains is to place the clay pot with the coaster upside down anywhere in the garden. If you are worried that the children or an animal could knock over the trivet, simply glue it to the bottom of the pot.
Mushroom hat from a pot lid
To make the mushroom hat for decorative mushrooms, you can use almost anything that has a curved shape. For example, the old pot lid is perfect for garden decorations made from old objects. The procedure is the same as for the other two projects: varnish the lid, paint it and put it on a suitable handle. In this example a decorative column was used.
Make garden decorations yourself mushrooms out of glass
From crystal and glass dishes, fairytale decorative mushrooms for the garden are also made. These look a lot more elegant than the toadstools and reflect the sunlight, which conjures up beautiful plays of light in the garden. However, you must ensure that the mushrooms are not in direct sunlight in midsummer, as there is a risk of fire. Position these decorative mushrooms only in the shade or use them to beautify the garden in autumn and winter.
To make these beautiful mushrooms, you need glassware that resembles a mushroom hat upside down, for example bowls or bowls and thin and tall glass for the mushroom stem, such as a glass vase. Rinse them out first and let them dry well. Then place the vase upside down if necessary (depending on the model, this step may be omitted) and position the glass bowl upside down on it. To make the decorative mushrooms more stable, you can glue the bowl to the vases with silicone glue.
Would you like to beautify the simple glass mushrooms? Then, for example, you can fill the vase (mushroom stem) with colored glass marbles. This can help weigh down the mushrooms, making them more stable too. For light accents in the evening, you can fill the vases with solar lights instead.
In order for this project to be really upcycling, you should only use dishes that are not otherwise needed. This can be, for example, bowls and bowls with cracks or old glass dishes that otherwise only collect dust in the basement.
Upcycling idea for old dishes: make your own decorative mushrooms for the garden
Would you like to reuse your old dishes? Then be sure to take a look at our article with craft ideas with old porcelain dishes. Another great option for upcycling would be to make your own decorative mushrooms for the garden. For the mushroom hats, you can use soup plates or bowls, for example, and vases, preserving jars or even drinking glasses are very suitable as mushroom stems. You decide for yourself whether you paint the dishes or leave them in their original colors.
Mini mushrooms made from plastic eggs
Decorative mushrooms for the garden do not necessarily have to be large. These cute mini mushrooms provide atmospheric splashes of color in the lawn or flowerbed and are super easy to make afterwards. For example, you can use the plastic eggs left over from the children’s Easter egg hunt. And if they feel like it, the little ones can of course take part in this DIY project.
You can also improvise here for the mushroom stalks. Craft sticks, popsicle sticks or small twigs are perfect. To make the decorative mushrooms, you should first divide the plastic eggs and stick a popsicle stick in each half. Let it dry briefly and the mushroom is ready to stick in the garden or in a flower pot.
Make your own mushrooms for garden decorations out of concrete
If you want to make the mushrooms completely yourself, then concrete is the right material for it. You can make both a mushroom hat and a mushroom stem from concrete – all you need is the right casting mold.
To create the shape, fill a planter with soil and play with it until you have the mushroom hat shape you want. Then line the form with plastic wrap and pour the concrete mixture into it.
For the shape of the stem, for example, you can use a plastic bottle by cutting off the neck of the bottle and the bottom. Position the resulting pipe in the middle of the already poured concrete and fill it with it. Then let the material dry for at least 24 hours (even better a few days). Then take the decorative mushroom out of the mold and paint it in any color (apply several layers of the paint if necessary). Finally, apply a layer of clear varnish and decorate the garden with the self-made concrete mushroom.
Decorate decorative mushrooms with mosaic
You can make the sweet decorative mushrooms that adorn your garden even more beautiful with mosaic. The concrete or clay pots mushrooms are best for this project. You decorate these with selected mosaic stones, glass stones or broken tiles so that an interesting pattern is created. You can find many tips and other cool projects for garden decoration with mosaic in this post.
To make a mosaic on the finished concrete mushrooms, simply glue the selected stones with silicone glue or concrete, let the glue dry well and then grout the resulting pattern.
You can also embellish glass mushrooms with mosaic. No grouting is necessary – you simply glue the mosaic onto the glass vessel. In this case, however, it is better to use glass mosaic for a uniform look.
We wish you a lot of fun with tinkering!