These mushroom shaped garden ornaments look amazing in the garden and they're really fun to make!
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You will need:
sphagnum peat moss or potting soil
large flat container
recycled 20-oz soda bottles and
recycled cardboard tubes (from
paper towels and toilet paper)
freezer paper or wax paper
plastic wrap or recycled plastic bag
- There are 2 methods to create the stems of the mushrooms: a. Choose a cardboard tube of desired length, and cover one end with duct tape and line the tube with freezer paper or wax paper to create the mold b. Create a mold by cutting the bottom off a soda or water bottle but leaving the plastic cap in place.
- Mix cement from 1 part each of the quick-set cement, sphagnum peat moss or potting soil, and sand.
- Pour the wet cement mixture into the mold and let cure.
- Once the cement is set, cut off the mold with a craft knife and let the cement dry completely.
- To create the caps of the mushrooms, fill a large container with sand and use your hands or the bottom of a bowl to create cap-shaped depressions in the sand.
- Line the depressions with plastic wrap or a piece of a recycled plastic bag to create a free-form mold.
- Make the same cement mixture again and pour into the mushroom cap molds.
- While still wet, press the end of the desired stem into the wet cement. Allow cement to cure completely.
- Once set, remove the completed mushrooms from the sand and stand upright.
- Allow to dry completely (a few days) before placing outside in your garden.
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