In Scandinavia red and white mushrooms are classic holiday decor! I've made this one from felted wool.

I have so much fun with felting projects, once you know the process you’ll want to felt all the time! It’s so easy and the end result always looks so perfectly organic. This mushroom really reminds me of my childhood. The mushroom was always a holiday symbol in our house in Norway when I was growing up there.  Now you can take this Norwegian holiday symbol and add it to your own holiday traditions!

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You need:
Felting wool - available at yarn or craft stores
bamboo BBQ skewers
Dishwashing liquid
Rit red liquid dye
scissors
hot glue gun
small pot filled with moss

  1. Pull a piece of wool from your skein.  You will notice that the wool is made up of long fibers.
  2. Begin to wrap your skewers with lengths of fibers, small handfuls at a time.
  3. Tightly add more layers, bit by bit.
  4. Alternate the direction of the layers that you wrap onto the skewers so that the fibers criss-cross one another.  The layers will want to grab one another sort of like a natural velcro.
  5. Repeat this process until you have about a 1/4 inch thickness of wool around the skewers. It will look sort of like a coating of cotton candy at this point.
  6. At the sink, take about a teaspoon of dish detergent and drizzle it all over the wool on the skewers.
  7. Turn on the water of the sink and slowly drip water over the soapy wool and gently pat and massage it until the whole piece is sudsy and the wool continues to matte and grip to itself.  This process could take up to 15 minutes.
  8. Turn on your sink to the hottest it can be and slowly rinse the suds away in the hot water.  You will notice that the fibers of the wool will begin to shrink and tighten on the skewers.
  9. Repeat the last step with cold water.
  10. Do two or three more rotations of rinsing with hot and then cold water.  If your wool is not shrinking enough at the sink you could even carefully pour hot water from a tea kettle over the wool.
  11. After you’re satisfied with the felting, squeeze out as much of the water as you can and set the skewers to dry completely, usually within an hour.
  12. Do the same to create the cap of the mushroom but do it on a flat surface so that you make a "piece of fabric" you can cut up. Once its done cut out the top cap and small circles that will be the spots on the mushroom.
  13. Dye the mushroom cap red, let it dry.
  14. Stick the skewer into a small pot filled with moss.
  15. Hot glue the cap on top of the skewer and hot glue the small circles in place.

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In Scandinavia red and white mushrooms are classic holiday decor! I've made this one from felted wool.
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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