Fairy Garden Concrete Mushrooms

Andrew Bounader
by Andrew Bounader
4 Materials
2 Days
Ever wanted a simple way to make mushrooms for your fairy garden project and couldn't get started? Here's a simple way using premixed concrete or cement, a few wire coat hangers, some cheap bowls from the $1 store a couple of cans of spray paint or house paint and some cheap disposable plastic table cloths and tape.
An $8.00 bag or premixed concrete and a pair of pliers.
Some wire coat hangers and other wire to 'reinforce' the concrete mushrooms and provide a stem to place in the mushroom stalk.
All wired up and test fitted. 4 different sized bowls from the $1.00 store.
A plastic table cloth left loose to give the mushrooms a smooth irregular dome shape, don't worry about the wrinkles you won't notice them when they're painted and in the garden. The plastic is gathered together under the bowl and I used packaging tape to wrap around the ends keep the plastic from sinking into the bowl when filled with the cement.
Wire placed in mixed concrete and starting to set
2 days later and removed from the moulds, starting to look like tops of mushrooms
First trial with enamel spray paint and the paint flaked off. so another coat with a waterbased vinyl or acrylic gave the mushrooms a nice glossy sheen.
Placed in the garden atop some cut down tree branches as mushroom stalks, an alternative would be to use tree stumps or anything that looks like a mushroom stalk that you can drill a hole in to accept the wire, pit in a few solar powered fairy lights, fairy gates and in no time a little girls' (or boys) favourite special garden, ready for the fairy's to move right in!
Suggested materials:
  • 1 Bag of premixed concrete   (Hardware Store)
  • Disposable bowls - various sizes, they don't have to be new   ($1.00 Store or from a yard sale, etc)
  • Disposable plastic table cloth   ($1.00 Store)
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  • Gloria Gloria on Aug 04, 2017

    How would you make the stem so the mushroom can stand on the ground?

  • Kay Kay on Aug 04, 2017

    Could you use plaster of paris instead of sement. Also, could you place @ stem in the cement/ plaster while it's wet to eliminate the need to dril @ hole after it has dried? They are realy nice, I love them. I love anything to do with fairy gardens. Kay Adelaide Australia

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  • Fred Vaughan Fred Vaughan on Apr 28, 2024

    I Made a 'mushroom' garden (a Hobbit) out of upside down perfume bottles and painted them like this. Gorgeous!

    • Andrew Bounader Andrew Bounader on Apr 28, 2024

      Hi Fred,

      It sounds like you were 'in the zone' too, anything can work, the trick in getting the shape is to have an easy shape to get the concrete out. Well done.

  • Fred Vaughan Fred Vaughan on Apr 29, 2024

    Wish I had a photo for you. My wife's design. All shapes of large glass perfume bottles and , in the light, even with paint, the light is awesome. Thanks !