We combined several of our favourite things into one craft! First of all, toadstool mushrooms! How lovely are the sight of woodland mushrooms? They evoke fairy tales. Secondly, using beautiful flower blossoms always brightens our day. Third, creating recycled homemade paper is fun and is zero waste. Fourth, combining upcycled materials (a wooden toy block and paper) to create something new and exciting. The fifth favourite is experimenting with plaster! Plus, this craft was designed by us, so we are certain it is unique!



These adorable mushrooms that can be used as decoration in indoor fairy gardens, along backyard lighting during summer parties and as little toys in play kitchens or pretend play!! A great craft to create while learning about mushrooms.

They are fun to make and the craft itself will teach kids many crafting skills, like how to make homemade paper, or how to mix and pour plaster from powder. You will be experimenting with different materials and combining them in a unique way! This craft offers a fun experimental process but the finished craft mushroom is worth holding onto.


By using recycled and upcycled materials we minimize the need to buy the supplies. We hope you’ll find most of the supplies laying about at home. You will need to buy plaster of Paris if you don’t already have that, you won’t need much.


Materials:


  1. Pieces of RED paper, recycled cardboard and/ or construction paper

  2. A cylinder piece of wood, like from a kid’s toy block collection.

  3. Plaster of Paris, plus a spoon and a recycled container to mix it.

  4. Water

  5. A Blender

  6. Paper making frame and screens

  7. A small round cup or round container (recycled fruit cup)

  8. White flowers or white dried flower petals


Instructions:


1. Find a small round cup to act as a mold. A coffee cup, or a plastic recycled fruit cup would work. We used Pyrex cups.

2. Mix your plaster of Paris (adult only, the powder isn’t good for children to inhale accidentally) in a throw away container, like a recycled plastic or glass container, according to the directions on the box, or mix the water until you get the desired thickness.

3. Line your mold cup with parchment or wax paper and pour your plaster into the small cup, you judge how much to fill it, we filled ours about half way to the top.


4. Then carefully place your wooden cylinder block (or a cut in half toilet paper roll), into the very middle of the plaster to set. If it is moving around weight it down by placing a rock on the top of the wooden block piece.


5. Allow it to set for an hour, or whenever it’s ready, then remove the entire plaster mold mushroom from the cup.

You should now have a plaster and wood mushroom! You can sand and paint the mushroom as is, or add the paper element!


Now it is time to add the homemade paper to the top, to decorate it!

Creating the homemade paper mushroom cap:


  1. Rip up a cup or two of red paper (using recycled red paper or red cardboard, if you have it).



2. Blend the paper in a blender with two or three cups of water, blend on high until it is a pulp. Add more water if it is too thick.


3. Pour the blended pulp into you paper making frame. We do this process outside, and let the water run out onto the ground, It makes paper making easy with children.


4. Add white fresh or dried flowers to the paper while it’s in the frame.