Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's Gardening Week...Let's Make Toadstools for the Garden!!!


Greetings from the Toadstool!  Last week when I posted our felt toadstool tutorial, one of our lovely readers gave me this fantastic idea.  This idea comes from an old issue of 'Family Fun' magazine, (issue unknown)...I don't know what theirs looked like, but this is how we made our outdoor toadstools.


We used...old wooden salad bowls, (these all had cracks in them)
red spray paint
white duct tape


First get all of the dirt off of the outside of your bowl...put it on some newspaper outside and spray it whatever colour you desire, (we did ours red), according to the instructions on your paint.


Then, I cut the white duct tape into little circles and stuck them all over the bowl.  I don't know how the duct tape will hold up, but it sure was easy to use...it says it is weather proof, so we'll see.


Drill a hole into the underside of your bowl.



Screw the mushroom "cap" onto a log, and there you go!!!


This was a delightful little project to do for the kids.  When one of Ruby's friends came over, one of the first things she said was, "Wow, those are cool toadstools"...they really bring an element of *magic* to our yard! 
Thank you again beautiful reader for this idea! 

Keith has decided that our toadstools should be "chairs", and he's already cut out a table top for us to mosaic...one of  my dreams for our yard is to have a more naturalized playspace for the children, a space that is beautiful and can't help but inspire magical play!  I think though, that we will be scouring our local second hand stores for smaller bowls, to make some more enchanting little toadstools to put here and there!

Hope your day is magical & crafty!
with love
Maureen

44 comments:

  1. Wow - you really do have an appreciation of toadstools. I love them!
    Your yard must look magical indeed.

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  2. How cute!!!
    We need some of these!
    Thanks for sharing xx

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  3. oh, how I love this!!!! Amazing!!

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  4. These are beautiful! I really enjoy your site.
    lisa

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  5. These are truly magical! I think we might need to try some. Thank you for the inspiration and for stopping by my blog :)

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  6. Middling is quite entranced with your toadstools and can't wait to have some around our fire pit and in the "Invisible Fort". Heck, I can't wait either. LOVE them! As always, thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. Oh my are these ever cute!!!
    I'm going to be looking out for salad bowls at yard sales!

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  8. I just love this!! Now to find some big bowls at yard sales. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

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  9. OOOh! i want some too...hmmm will start searching for bowls! thank you.

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  10. I think our local second hand shops and local yard sales are going to be seeing a renewed interest in wooden bowls!
    I should add that our glorious reader also said that you can use pots for the Toadstool caps...I would love to see if I can find this craft in the Family Fun archives somewhere...to see how they did it!
    If you end up making these, send us the link...I'd love to see them!!
    Thanks for stopping by the Toadstool today everyone!
    love to you all!

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  11. Tried to comment yesterday but work computer doesn't allow...LOVE these! Picturing them around our campfire pit. Stumbled on them on Martha Stewart this morning while searching for something else. Hooray for people inadvertently offering alternatives to plastic!

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  12. I've seen Martha's...they are for indoor use, with wool felt tops, and foam underneath...I'm waiting on getting some wider logs, I think they would be positively enchanting to have inside too.

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  13. I just checked out Martha's, and I like your way better! The inspiration keeps coming on this amazing blog. We definately want to try these too. They are positively charming!

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  14. These are GREAT! Ohh- I want to make some. I can just see them in amongst the pines at the back...

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  15. YAY! I love your pics. Thanks for adding this craft. I am so glad so many people may now have this wonderful magical decoration in their yards!

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  16. I want to do this!!!!

    Thank you - what an inspiring blog!

    Namaste, Nicole

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  17. oh...so delightful....I run a little playgroup, and would love to do something like these....sweet x

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  18. I hate to clog this area with ideas for other garden projects, but I do have 2 other REALLY cute garden decoration ideas that came from the same article. If you are interested in them you can email me. ourjewel@hotmail.com

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    1. Please send to Judithspi@gmail.com would LOVE to see your ideas

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  19. Lve them! I am thinking I will HAVE to do some of these...

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  20. What fun! I'll have to be on the lookout for wooden salad bowls now, I have quite often seen them at the thrift store with cracks and not wanted to buy them because of that.

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  21. so cool I am adding this to the list for my little guys first hand made holiday, if I can wait that long. I found that our musical tree was a great way to make the outdoor playspace a but more natural and inspiring than your average swing set. I will post it's making today just for you, and I will let you know when my toadstools are done. Heading to the thrift shop today (yay for 1/2 price day) Thank you for your kind comments on my blog, especially my last post, as I was jsut following your beautiful lead!

    Blessings,
    Kat

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  22. As promised here is a link to the making of the musical tree. Hope you get some use out of it. I found it super simple and adds aome natural, creative beauty to our yard...

    http://forloveofmyoceans.blogspot.com/

    Blessings,
    Kat

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  23. Ahhhh, love this idea too. Almost ready to hop in the car a drive straigh to the nearest thrift store. You have a truly magical blog.

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  24. wonderful. Oh and a toad stool table to match would be awesome. Maybe you could get one of the wood rolls that wire is on from your local electric company. It would be perfect.

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  25. Coooooooool! Endlich weiss ich, was aus den alten, hablvergammelten Holzschüsseln beim Trödle werden wird! Bin sooo begeistert und dankbar: DANKE!!! (u.s.w)
    Bora

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  26. I realize this is from last year, but we are going to do something like this for our daughter, who is a serious gnome enthusiast, and we're wondering how long the logs are that you used (approx), and how far you buried them in the ground? (you did burry them in the ground, right?).

    Thanks so much for all your inspiration, this is one of my very favorite blogs and we plan on using lots of your tutorials in the future!

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  27. Thank you for the additional info on the toadstools, I'll be sure to send you guys a picture when we get ours done!!

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  28. I've been looking for ideas to make a child size toadstools they can sit on for a backyard birthday. I am inspired by your idea to use tops from old/broken stools and unsplit fireplace logs. May paint one of those wire reels for a table.

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  29. Thanks for this Great idea....

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  30. Love this idea and might have to set to work making them, now where the find the wooden bowls???

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  31. your a cool mom.

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  32. I made some of these myself, thanks to your image that I found through facebook and then googled and found it here. I was going to post your image first, as a source. I hope you don't mind. If you do, please let me know, and I will take it off immediately. Thanks so much!! I will be posting the blog post tomorrow.

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  33. Sorry. My blog where I will post it is www.pumpkinpiepainter.blogspot.com

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  34. Oh Gosh! and to think I threw out a set of those bowls! Darn! I will have to go to the thrift store! Thanks for sharing such a fun project!

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  35. I have my toadstool ready to go but I'm not sure how to make it stable enough for a toddler to sit on it. Should I dig a hole for the log or screw it on to a plywood base?

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  36. For Permenant Color: Paint white the areas you want dots. Then punch out or cut circles from vinyl or contact paper, etc. and place on white areas. Now paint all with red. Remove the circle covers and you have white dots with red backgroound. Spray or paint on an outdoor clear coat and this will last a very long time.

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  37. Those are such pretty cake stands - love them! I definitely need something better than a plate.

    cheese board & salad bowl

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  38. I have been collecting salad bowls to do this for awhile now. LOVE them! Shared here http://siayla.blogspot.ca/2014/01/got-wood-try-these-wood-crafts.html

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  40. What a super way to recycle wooden bowl

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  41. Saw these and thought how cute they would be to do with the grandkids while camping and they can have their own little toadstool to sit by the fire! Will let you know how they came out.

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