FloraCraft® Metallic Mushrooms

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by Dondi Richardson, FloraCraft®

FloraCraft® Metallic Mushrooms

Feel like decorating something other than a Christmas tree this holiday season? Differentiate your holiday décor by making FloraCraft® Metallic Mushrooms!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Cut the 4 inch and 5 inch balls in half. Use the metal spoon to scoop out each half ball to create four hollow half balls. Scoop the ball out evenly so that you have about a 3/8 inch thick shell.
  • 2
    Completely coat the half balls with modeling paste. Modeling paste can be applied to foam a couple of different ways; with a spatula or with a flat paint brush. Be sure to mix the material before using. When using a spatula, apply a small amount of the modeling paste to the foam and spread it out evenly in all directions, working it into the cells of the foam. If using a paint brush, load material onto the brush and spread it onto the foam smoothing out the lumps as you go. Let dry. Sand each half ball for a super smooth finish.
  • 3
    Paint a 5 inch half ball and a 4 inch half ball with Copper acrylic paint and the other two halves with Bronze. Use the stencil sponge to create the spots on the mushrooms in opposite colors as shown or as desired. Let dry.
  • 4
    Cut a 36 inch length of burlap. Cut the burlap lengthwise into three strips about 1-1/2 inch wide. Glue one end of one strip to the bottom of a 9 inch cone. Begin wrapping the burlap around the cone overlapping as you go. Glue the end where you stop. Glue the next strip in place and continue wrapping to completely cover the cone. Repeat to cover the 6 inch cone with burlap.
  • 5
    Cut the top 4 inch off the remaining 9 inch cone (this is the smallest mushroom’s stem). Cut 1 inch off the bottom of the remaining 5 inch of the cone. Cover both of the stems by wrapping them with wired sisal rope, securing the ends in place with glue.
  • 6
    Glue each mushroom top to the cone base with low-temp glue.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Floracraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Cone 4 inch x 9 inch 104179411 (2)
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Cone 3 inch x 6 inch
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 2 pc. 4 inch 104183639
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 5 inch 104183643
  • Liquitex® Modeling Paste 8 oz. 104127022
  • Nicole™ Crafts Simply Fall Ribbon 2-1/2 inch x 15 Yard Burlap Natural 104760898
  • Darice® 3 ply 28-1/2 lb Natural Jute 104243963
  • Folk Art® Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint 2 oz. Copper 104107712 (4)
  • Folk Art® Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint 2 oz. Solid Bronze 104107711 (4)
  • FloraCraft® Foam Cutter 6 inch 2 blade 104186311 or Serrated Knife
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder® All Purpose Stik™ Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Wilton® Tapered Spatula 9 inch Black 104106120 or Putty Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Panacea™ Heavy Duty 8 inch Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Spoon