I wanted something special as a centerpiece for my kitchen table instead of flowers and it was very interesting. I had the idea to make something that sits inside a removable wooden bowl. It’s our only table, so everything on top needs to be taken off at mealtime.Using a long mango wood bowl that I bought a few years ago, I crepe him with a wooden bowl centerpiece. I wanted to make paper his mushrooms. I loved the idea of stuffing it with sweet and delicate mushrooms. It’s as if someone cut a piece of the forest floor and placed it in a diorama-type forest display in an instant, and I’ll show you how I put it together in the next post.
These delicate paper mushrooms are easy to make and use common ingredients. To make mushrooms you will need:
Ingredients for paper mushrooms
White and tan party crepe paper (or any other color of your choice. If you can only find white, don’t worry, you can paint with watercolors later.
a thin wooden dowel stick or skewer
white craft glue
watercolor paints and brushes
To create the paper mushroom tops, start by drawing different sized circles on a piece of cardboard.
Cut cardstock into various sized circles and make a small notch in the center.
Slide one end of the slit over the other and use white craft glue to secure the ends to create a loose cone shape.
I like to sit down and make a lot of these at once before moving on to the next step. Once the cone is dry, apply white craft glue with a brush (or your finger) to the top of the cone. Take a piece of tan crepe paper and place the edge long on top.
Collect the crepe paper at the top of the cone and move to the bottom, collect the crepe paper at the top so it is tight at the tip and spreads out at the bottom. Cut off the excess and glue the ends down. Let it dry.
Brush excess glue on top and seal any loose ends with crepe paper.
While the tops are drying, attach small paper ruffles to the stems of the mushrooms.
Cut skewers or dowel sticks to appropriate sizes. I try to make the length of the root of the mushroom proportional to the top. Apply white craft glue to the length of the piece of wood, wrap white crepe paper around the bottom in a spiral, apply white craft glue and glue it.
Fold a piece of white crepe paper about 2 inches long. Apply a little glue to the folded ends and stems of the crepe paper and collect the crepe paper about 1/3 to 2/3 above the base of the paper-covered tree. You can make cute frills and skirts at the base of the mushrooms.
There’s a trick to making paper mushrooms whose tops look like they’re naturally arranged
When the top and bottom of the mushroom are dry, combine them. The easiest way to do it is A block of dry floral foam to hold and secure the stems of the mushrooms belowthen add a few drops of glue to the inner dots of the mushroom cones and balance the cones on the stems to stick them together.
Once all the paper mushrooms were assembled and dried, I used a bit of brown and black watercolor paint to add some aging and texture to the top of the mushrooms.I think this little touch is what brings them to life!
I love the natural and organic look of crepe paper mushrooms. You can see how they were put together to create a forest centerpiece.