The day we created our Picket Fence Fairy Garden, I knew we were going to need some teeny-tiny accessories to add the right amount of magical whimsy.  However, seeing as how expensive these accessories can be (like this Miniature Garden Bridge, which is freaking adorable.  But at almost $40, it’s more than I spent on the entire garden.  C’mon now…), I decided to make my own.

One of the first items I created were these mushrooms, which were the perfect size – and better yet, they were free because I already had everything on hand!  Ha!!  Take that overly-adorable-I-could-cry fairy garden bridge!!

I love these little mushrooms.  They’re cheap, easy, and quick enough that you could complete them over your morning cup of coffee.  Here’s what you need:

I was too lazy busy to go buy some red acrylic paint, so I used a bit of deep red nail polish instead.  Like I said, using what I have on hand.  Actually, I’m pleasantly surprised, because the nail polish has held up really well, maybe even better than paint would have. In fact, you probably don’t even need to use sealant if you don’t want.

step 1: Upholstery tacks are available at most craft stores and at Walmart for under $3 for a very large pack.  Their shape naturally lends itself to be tiny mushrooms, in my opinion.  ^_^

Push your mushrooms into cork, foam board, or even a sanding pad so they’re standing straight up.  It should look almost like a little mushroom forest.

step 2: Paint the tops of your mushrooms red.

step 3: Let dry.  ^_-

step 4: Use the tip of your brush (or even a toothpick) to place tiny white dots on top of the crisscrossing hatch marks.

step 5: Allow to dry again and seal with your sealant (optional).

That’s it!!  Aren’t they the cutest?

And they look even better tucked into your fairy garden.  Just the right amount of magic.

For another look, push them into little driftwood logs.

I hope you liked this whimsical little tutorial!!  Stay tuned for more magic coming soon.


I’m entering the 2011 Fairy Garden Competition hosted by the blog, The Magic Onions!

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