Skill Level: Beginner
- FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam:
- Cone, three 2 7/8" x 5 7/8"
- Balls, one 3" and one 4" diameter
- Scrap of Foam (to hold painted foam while drying)
- Design It:®
- SimpleStyle® Verde and Multi-Color Rocks, 18-23 of chosen color for each toadstool
- Spanish Moss
- Wood crate, gray finish, 10" x 14" x 6" tall (optional)
- DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint: Shale Green, Antique Green, Driftwood, Soft Sage, Oyster Beige
- Cardboard, 6" x 14" (to fit inside crate, on one side)
- Medium paintbrush
- serrated knife
- small spoon
- rubber band
- container of water
- paper plates
- paper towels
- glue gun & glue sticks
- For the two smaller toadstool bases, use serrated knife to cut points off two cones, 3″ and 3 1/2″ down from the top. (Tip: To make the cut straight, mark the distance with a pencil, wrap a rubber band around the cone and adjust until straight. Then cut right along side the rubber band.)
- For the toadstool tops, use serrated knife to cut two balls in half (also using rubber band technique, if desired.) Set aside one half of the 4″ ball for another project.
- If any cut edges are irregular, rub together two parts of the ball over a plastic-lined wastebasket, to sand them down. Also, roll edges on table to compress, for a smooth roundness. Similarly, smooth bottom edge of each cone. Use serrated knife and small spoon to hollow out 1″ circle in center on flat side of each ball half for cone to fit. Dig down about 1/2″ deep, checking that cone will fit, snugly.
- Squeeze paint onto paper plate(s) and paint: Large cone – Driftwood; medium cone – Shale Green; small cone – Antique Green; large ball half – Oyster Beige; two small halves – Soft Sage and Shale Green. As you finish each piece, insert toothpick into bottom and insert other end into scrap Foam to let them dry.
- From rock containers, sort for both size and color as follows: Large ball half – 18 to 20 large, lighter beige/gray rocks; medium ball half (that is painted Soft Sage) – 18 – 23 small, light green rocks; medium ball half (that is painted Shale Green) – 18 – 23 small medium and dark green rocks.
- With one small ball half flat on table, start at top center and press one rock into foam. Go down far enough that rock will stay in place. Place next rock about 1/8″ – 1/4″ away, positioning it so that it fits like a puzzle piece, without touching. (Tip: Use a large marker or glue stick barrel to help press rocks into foam, if needed.) Continue working all around center rock. Then, do another row or two, depending on size of rocks, until ball half is evenly covered. One at a time, remove rocks, apply glue gun glue to bottom of rock and press back into place to permanently secure all rocks. Repeat with other small and large ball halves.
- To assemble toadstools, gently press cone bases into ball half tops. Set on table to adjust until straight. Then remove, hot glue top of cone and press back into place to permanently secure.
- Turn crate on its side and set cardboard inside (on the side that is now the bottom). Place moss on cardboard, allowing it to flow outside the crate. Set toadstools nestled into the moss. (Tip: Since toadstools are a little top heavy, clear away moss from underneath them so they can be flat on the table for stability.)