Have you noticed how much I love terrariums? These sweet little living worlds are a fun way to bring your garden therapy indoors and a beautiful way to display your favorite houseplants. I love to add a few decorative elements to my terrariums along with the plants growing inside. Some of my favorite additions include reindeer moss, polished river stones, fairy lights, and these adorable little clay mushrooms. They look natural while adding just a touch of whimsy to make my terrariums that much more enchanting.
For these decorative mushrooms I used air-dry clay, but you could also make them with polymer clay if you prefer.
- Craft paint in your preferred colors—I used a metallic copper color, white, and teal
- Pottery sealer
- Wire cutters
- 16-guage wire
- Air-dry clay
- Small paint brush
First, set up your workspace. You will need a clean, dry surface to roll and work your clay on. I like to keep a paintbrush and jar of water beside me when working with clay so that I can brush a little water onto the clay to fill in cracks as I go.
Begin by working a small chunk of clay in your hands to soften it, and then roll it out into a skinny snake shape. This will become the stem of your mushroom. Dab a little water onto the clay snake with your paintbrush to prevent and fill in any cracks.
When your mushroom stem is the length and width that you want, measure and cut a piece of wire that is about two to four inches longer than the clay stem. Starting at the bottom of the stem, gently poke your wire into the center of the clay and feed it up through the stem vertically so that the wire goes almost up to the top of the stem. You may have to reshape the stem around the wire a bit as you go.
Next, make the mushroom cap. To do this, start by rolling a small ball of clay, then push your thumbs into the top of the ball and carefully press the sides to flatten and shape into a bowl.
Scratch some small crosshatch marks into the inside of the cap and the top of the stem where you want the two pieces to join. You can use a piece of wire to create the crosshatch marks. Use the paintbrush to dab a little water onto the crosshatch marks on both the stem and the cap, then press the two pieces together firmly, crosshatched area to crosshatched area.
Lay the assembled mushroom out to dry on a clean surface covered in plastic.
When the mushroom is fully dry, you can paint it any color you like. I used a metallic coppery color with white and teal details, but I think these mushrooms would also look lovely with white-dotted bright red caps, in vibrant rainbow colors, or muted brown and beige tones for a more natural look.
Add a coat of pottery sealer and you’re done! Plant these sweet little fungi in your favorite terrariums and houseplants.