Learn how to create these toadstool mushroom hats from recycled cardboard, we used a large cereal box. Using easily accessible materials from your recycling bin means that you won’t need to buy the materials and can create an eco-friendly craft.

These are fun to wear as Halloween costumes or everyday play! We had fun wearing them out on a nature walk, they are surprisingly comfortable too, Search for mushrooms, or have fun picking wildflowers wearing them.

These are easy to paint for all ages because of the one red colour, and once that dries add the dots by tracing a mason jar lid! It will make the perfect circle for you.


  1. Cardboard from a large cereal box - thin cardboard

  2. White and red paint (washable or acrylic)

  3. Painter’s palette

  4. Scissors

  5. Glue - white glue or a glue gun

  6. A pencil

  7. Water in a glass jar to clean the brushes

  8. Paint brush - medium sized

Slideshow Steps of the smaller version, for the larger one, follow the steps below.

STEPS: These steps show the corrugated cardboard, you can use that kind to create the gills or use cardboard from a large cereal box.

1. Draw a circle onto a piece of cardboard. About 12-14+ inches in diameter.

2. Cut out the circle.

3. If you want to make the gills on the mushroom, rip off the first paper layer on one side to expose the corrugated cardboard. This works with thick cardboard.

4. Cut Four slits like in the photo rough;y 2-3 inches deep, evenly spaced around the circle, or two slightly closer together at both ends.

5. Glue the slits back together, placing one edge over top of the other edge. The two vertical ends on the outside and the horizontal ones tucked inwards. See photos. If you want the glue to dry fast, use a glue gun. If you don’t mind waiting until it’s time to paint them, use white school glue. You can add a clip while it's drying to hold it into place.

You can paint it before you glue the cap togther, while it’s still flat, or after you glue it, that’s up to you! We painted it before we glued it together.

6. Paint the top side red: