Tiny mushrooms tutorial

I recently stitched up a little felt mushroom for our nature table following the directions in The Nature Corner. I like how plump it is and, thanks to a stack of pennies in the stem - it can stand up. As sweet as it is, it took awhile to make.

 I thought it would be fun to “plant” even smaller felt mushrooms on the paths we walk regularly, or on paths at the park for others to discover. It will be interesting to see how they age out doors - I'm guessing the 100% wool will hold up well in the weather. To make many mushrooms quickly, I decided to hot glue the felt together. In about a half hour I made a bunch:

To make a 1 ½ inch tall mushroom -the largest in the photo- plug in your hot glue gun to warm up and cut out:

Red wool felt-1 ½ inch circle (I traced a spool, then cut it out wobbly so it would look more organic.)
White wool felt-1 ¼ x 3 inch rectangle, ½ x 1 ½ rectangle cut zig zaggy on one long edge, and several tiny circles
Bamboo skewer-2 ½ inches long

OK, now, to make the stem, apply a line of glue on one of the short ends of the white rectangle, and press the skewer onto the glue.

Roll the wool around the skewer, apply glue to the other short end of the rectangle, and press it onto the stem. It will look like this:

Apply a line of glue around the top of the stem, take the small zig zaggy rectangle and line it up with the edge you just glued down:

Press the zig zaggy rectangle all the way around the stem.

Apply glue to the entire flat top of the stem, and press on the mushroom cap. If you pull the edges of the cap down while the glue is still hot, the cap will take on a slightly domed shape.

Apply glue to the tiny white circles and press them onto the cap.

To make other sizes, adjust the width of the stem and vary the cap size.

Where will you plant your mushrooms?

 

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