If you’re looking for a unique addition to your garden, a concrete mushroom could be just what you need. These whimsical sculptures are easy to make and can add a touch of charm to any outdoor space. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a concrete mushroom step by step.
To make a concrete mushroom, you’ll need:
- Concrete mix
- A large plastic bowl
- A smaller plastic bowl
- A plastic cup
- A wooden dowel
- A bucket
- A mixing tool
- A spray bottle
Step 1: Mix the Concrete
Begin by mixing the concrete according to the instructions on the package. You’ll want a thick, pudding-like consistency that will hold its shape when molded.
Step 2: Mold the Base
Place the large plastic bowl upside down on a flat surface. Spray the outside of the bowl with the spray bottle to prevent the concrete from sticking. Fill the bowl with the concrete mix, leaving a small space at the top. Place the smaller plastic bowl upside down in the center of the larger bowl, pressing it down slightly to make sure it’s level.
Step 3: Create the Stem
Cut the wooden dowel to the desired height for your mushroom stem. You’ll want it to be at least a few inches taller than the smaller plastic bowl. Spray the outside of the plastic cup with the spray bottle and fill it with the concrete mix. Insert the wooden dowel into the center of the cup and press it down until it touches the bottom.
Step 4: Add the Stem to the Base
Once the concrete in the smaller bowl has set (usually after a few hours), remove the smaller bowl and insert the wooden dowel into the hole. Make sure it’s centered and straight. Allow the concrete to set completely (usually overnight).
Step 5: Remove the Mold
Carefully remove the mold by gently pulling the plastic bowl away from the concrete. If it’s stuck, use a knife to loosen it. Once the mold is removed, you’ll have the base and stem of your mushroom.
Step 6: Create the Cap
To create the cap of the mushroom, you’ll need to create a mold. Find a large, shallow bowl or plate that’s slightly larger than the top of your mushroom stem. Spray the inside of the bowl with the spray bottle and fill it with the concrete mix, making sure it’s level. Place the stem of the mushroom in the center of the bowl, pressing it down slightly to make sure it’s level. Allow the concrete to set completely (usually overnight).
Step 7: Remove the Mold
Carefully remove the mold by gently pulling the plastic bowl away from the concrete. If it’s stuck, use a knife to loosen it. Once the mold is removed, you’ll have the cap of your mushroom. Use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.
Step 8: Attach the Cap
Attach the cap to the stem of the mushroom by applying a layer of concrete mix to the top of the stem and placing the cap on top. Press down gently to make sure it’s secure. Allow the concrete to set completely (usually overnight).
Step 9: Paint or Decorate (Optional)
You can leave your concrete mushroom as is, or you can paint it to add some color. Acrylic paint works well on concrete. You can also decorate it with mosaic tiles, glass beads, or other embellishments.
Step 10: Enjoy Your New Garden Art
Your concrete mushroom is now complete! Find a spot in your garden where it can be displayed and enjoy your new piece of outdoor art.