Recycled Garden Mushrooms

Lisa Kettell
by Lisa Kettell
5 Materials
1 Hour

Want to add a magical element to your garden? But don’t know what to do? Then I have the solution for you! Red cap fairytale mushrooms from items you may have around the house.

These easy to make recycled garden mushrooms are the perfect compliment to every part of your house. Even make great props for a party.

Scroll down for the step outs and video Tutorial.

Sneak Peak of the finished mushrooms throughout my garden!


•Cut Tree Stumps ( See next picture)

•Round Bowls

•Outdoor Spray Paint;

•Primer White, Red, Sealer

•White Primer Paint ( Small Can)

•Industrial Glue

•Paint Brush

Step One

Spray the whole bowl with 

white primer spray paint. Let dry. ( See next picture)

Step Two

Spray paint the bowl tops

with red. Let dry. ( See next picture)

Step Three

Spray another coat of red, let dry. ( See next picture )

Step Four

Paint circles with white 

primer paint. ( See next 2 pictures )

Step Five

Paint 2nd coat of 

white circles. Let dry.

Step Six

Apply industrial glue to tree stump top.

Step Seven

Attach bowl. Press and hold 

for 30 seconds. 

Step Eight

Spray mushroom top with

2 coats of sealer. Let dry 

20 minutes between coats. ( See next picture )


Spray paint your mushrooms different colors.

Use orange spray paint for Halloween Mushrooms.

Glue 2 bowls together for mushroom balls. 

Try using clear caulk or epoxy glue.

Could use metal or glass bowls too.

Enjoy your garden!


Tree stumps, small trunks and logs are pretty inexpensive. I used some from old weed trees. But you can find them in most hardware stores, garden centers or sometimes Walmart.

A can if spray paint goes a long way, as do most of the supplies for this project.

Video How To!

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  • Carol Covino Deeb Carol Covino Deeb on Aug 08, 2021

    What's the purpose of Spraying them with white primer first?Why not just spray them with red primer?

  • Kat Kat on Aug 08, 2021

    These are adorable. 2 questions.

    The same about why primer then red, why not red with primer in paint?

    2 How do you keep them standing in the garden?

    Thanks for the information

  • Nan Ferguson Timmermans Nan Ferguson Timmermans on Aug 09, 2022

    Where did the Gnome Crossing sign come from? Thank you

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