How to make clay mushrooms

Ok, down to business. Today I am going to show how to make an extremely easy polymer clay mushroom. You can make it a girl or boy, in whatever color you chose, so have fun!

Step 1: Get Your Supplies

-Half of a toothpick

-White or translucent clay

-Another color of clay (Can be any color)

-White paint (Preferably acrylic)

-Black paint (Preferably acrylic)

If you don’t want to do the eyes, you don’t need the toothpick or paints.

Step 2: The Cone/Body

First, take the white/translucent clay and roll it into a ball. From there, roll the side with your finger to shape a cone. Then gently push it down to make it stand upright.

Step 3: The Cap

After that, roll the other clay color (mine is red) into a ball. Push it down and shape it like the picture, making it look like a dome or hamburger bun.

Step 4: The Cap (continued)

Now take the white clay and break it into small, uneven bits. Roll them into balls, and then press them onto the cap.

Step 5: Assembly

Then, take the cap and gently press it onto the body until it looks how you want it to look. After that, bake completely according to the directions on your clay. (If you want it to be a charm, insert an eye pin before baking.)

Step 6: Painting

This is the last (And probably hardest) step. Take the white and black paint and try to pour out as little as possible onto a palette or paper or something. Then take the toothpick and dip the flat end into the black paint. Very gently, make two black dots for eyes. (If you want it to have eyelashes, wait. I will explain that soon.) Now, use the pointy end of the toothpick to paint one or two white dots in each eye. After that, if you want eyelashes, wipe the white paint off of the pointy end of the toothpick and replace it with black paint. Use it to draw eyelashes. As I said before, this step is very hard. Don’t worry if you can’t do it perfectly. I had to try it several times myself before I did it right. Finally, wait for the paint to dry, and glaze if you want to.

How to make clay mushrooms

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The following tutorial leads you through a couple of easy steps in making a clay mushroom decoration.
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You Will Need

How to make clay mushrooms

Materials and tools you will need:
white stoneware /earthware clay,
– a thick piece of plastic (cut it from a ziplock plastic bag)
– pen,
– a knife
– a rolling pin
– 2 wooden sticks (5 mm thick),
– brushes and acrylic paints

How to make clay mushrooms

Thin the clay with the rolling pin. The thickness of the piece should be approximately 5 mm.

How to make clay mushrooms

Draw a mushroom on the plastic sheet and then place that sheet onto the clay and copy the drawing.
Contour the drawing with the knife. Make a hole for the tie. Let it dry. It might take from several hours to days.

How to make clay mushrooms

Bake it. Use your oven minding to follow the baking instructions on the cover of the clay you bought.

I was thinking that it would be nice to do a bog ole’ tutorial. So, over the next couple of weeks I’ll share how to make little toadstools, wee houses, and eventually a thimble garden and town in a teacup.

Here’s the first part. making miniature toadstools and mushrooms. Please excuse the chubby, grubby fingers πŸ™‚


That was great! Thank you for sharing!

what a doll you are to share you technique for making the tiny wee mushrooms. Very generous of you. Oma Linda

So excited about these tutorials!

Oh hooray! Thank you so much for sharing your talent! Love those little shrooms! πŸ™‚

Oh this is wonderful! Thank you for the tutorial πŸ™‚ I just love your little mushrooms.

reThank you so much!! Just love your tutorial!

these are gorgeous, thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial

Thia is great, thanks! We dont get paper clay but i always use cold porcelain to make wee crafts! πŸ˜€

Ok, so how cool is this?! Thanks for sharing!

I was looking for air-dry clay when making my brains. Couldn't find then, but will definitely get some now that I know what to look for. πŸ™‚

Thank you for the mini-dome and mushrooms how-to's. I love all things dome, and who can resist magic red & white mushrooms. Charlotte

Thanku very much for your tutorials! I can't hear you but your video is very clear.

These are so adorable I think I would like to do one in a tea cup Tfs Laurie

Ooooh wow! I adore these. Thank you so much for the tutorial you are so sweet to share your technique. I just discovered your site and will be back often. I love your spirit. You are inspiring the magic maker in me. Many heart-felt thanks.

My daughter and I are oh-so very thankful to you, and for your tutorial.
You inspired and encouraged us to play with paper clay for our first time,
and it's been wonderful. We gave you a shout-out at our blog. and we will
be eager to come back here to see what else you have going on! Thank you.

Really enjoyed your tutorials. If you don`t mind me asking where do you order your timbles? I`v been searching and can`t find a good price. Would really like to make them and give them out to all family members.Large family on both sides.Once again thanks for sharing.

Hi Elvia! I too found sourcing thimbles incredibly difficult. Luckily a local discount shop in my little town carries them and I swipe as many as I can when I see them. Sorry I can't be more helpful!

I find thimbles at Walmart, Hancock Fabrics or Joann's in the city. I introduce my grandmother's game "Hide the Thimble" to the children of my husband's family and invariably somebody wants one. Cute toadstools. πŸ™‚ I found a couple of wooden ones at a thrift store that looked just like yours, but now that I know how to make them from paper clay, I can make more. Saw your video on Pinterest.

Love your teeny weeny mushrooms! They are quite adorable. What sort of material do you fill inside the thimble (under the moss). Also, what do use inside your enchanting teacups as the base to build on. Thank you πŸ™‚

have you ever used oregano. spice for the moss?

do you sell the timbles. how much??

Love it! Thanks for sharing. What magical little worlds you create!

so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for sharing. I've been looking for a miniature dollhouse mushroom tutorial and came across this.

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.

How to make clay mushrooms

For these decorative mushrooms I used air-dry clay, but you could also make them with polymer clay if you prefer.

How to make clay mushrooms


    in your preferred colorsβ€”I used a metallic copper color, white, and teal
  • Wire cutters
  • 16-guage wire
  • Small paint brush

How to make clay mushrooms

Make it!

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.

How to make clay mushrooms

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.

How to make clay mushrooms

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.

How to make clay mushrooms

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.

How to make clay mushrooms

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.

How to make clay mushrooms

Add a coat of pottery sealer and you’re done! Plant these sweet little fungi in your favorite terrariums and houseplants.

This chanterelle mushroom house was inspired by real edible wild mushroom, chanterelle. I like it’s funnel-shaped and bright yellow-orange color. I use this as my inspiration for my mushroom fairy house clay project.

I make my fairy house with upside down mushroom as the roof with kind of exposed root :) 

How to make clay mushrooms

This mushroom house is very easy to make. When you follow my step-by-step instruction here or watching my YouTube video, surely you can make this even if it is your first time making fairy house using jar and air dry clay.

How to make chanterelle mushroom house?

First of all, prepare your materials and tools. Again, it is very simple.

Basically, you only need a jar, some thick paper or cardboard from packaging, tapes, aluminium foil, hot glue stick and hot glue gun, and of course air dry clay.

You can use any type of jars: mason jar or a mini version of glass jar is fine. I used mini jar that was used to be my pesto jar:)

Most important thing in this craft project is your choice of air dry clay. I use homemade paper clay for this project which is basically air dry homemade clay with additional of tissue paper.

If you want to buy air dry clay, visit my page: what clay to buy to see 3 types of air dry clay available in the market for your considerations.

How to make clay mushrooms

Step 1:

My step one is about covering the jar with air dry clay. Also, making the opening for windows, door and others for the light to shine out when you put in LED tealight candle inside the jar.

Don’t be hurry or greedy πŸ™‚ You can’t do everything in one step though. So, once you have done this, stop and wait until the clay dry.

How to make clay mushrooms

Step 2:

In my video, you’ll see that I make fairy door and mushroom after the clay on the jar dry.

But, while waiting for the clay on the jar dry, you can actually work on the big chanterelle mushroom for the roof. 

So, I make this as step 2 πŸ™‚

Start by making a cone shape from thick paper/ cardboard, insert aluminum foil for the stem. Then, make about 4 pieces of flat oval shape aluminium foil.

Also, make a dormer roof. You’ll see that I make kind of rounded shingle roof effect for dormer roof. You can see my tutorial for the roof at my mini fairy house project. 

Then, cover the roof (the upside down mushroom) with air dry clay and..wait again until the clay dry πŸ™‚

How to make clay mushrooms

Step 3:

Now, let’s go back to the jar. When the clay on the jar has dried,  add fairy door, window’s grills and small chanterelle mushrooms. 

Make the mushroom shape with aluminium foil. Wrap the aluminium foil mushroom with clay. And, use wet clay as your glue to paste the mushroom to the jar.

How to make clay mushrooms

Step 4:

This is the final step and most exciting one. It’s painting time. It is a time to transform your plain white chanterelle mushroom house clay to something interesting. 

What is your painting style? I like to make my mushroom fairy house looks rugged and a little bit mystical..Ehm. is that the right word? May be enchanting is a better word ha..ha..

I use acrylic paints to paint my mushroom fairy house. I add water to my paints and apply to the clay surface lightly with paint brush.

I’ll wait until the first layer of paints dry then add stronger color shade/ tone until I am happy with it. 

For the jar, I use diluted yellow acrylic paint with diluted raw umber for shading. I also use diluted raw umber for wood effect on the door and windows.

For the mushroom (small mushroom and big mushroom roof) I use a mixture of lemon yellow, yellow ochre, orange and burnt sienna

Oh’ll see that I use blue color for dormer roof window. i was imagining that this was reflection of the sky on the window πŸ™‚

Alright! Final step? add artificial moss or other decorative items to make your chanterelle mushroom house looks attractive.

That’s it! we are done with our chanterelle mushroom house project.

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How to make clay mushrooms

How to make clay mushrooms

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Open any high-end garden catalog, and you’ll find whimsical mushrooms, crafted from stone, ceramic, poly-resin, cork, you name it. I love their look, but I’m not willing to pay the price, so my young daughter and I made some from polymer clay.

How to make clay mushrooms

You’ll need at least two or three colors of polymer clay and some tinfoil for this project. Polymer clay comes in 1-ounce "bricks" or in packs of multiple colors, easy to find at craft stores or online. The colors you choose will depend on your personal style, b ut don’t be afraid to throw a really bright or even clashing color in the mix. This is a great project for using up "leftover" clay.

Although you can warm up the clay by hand, you’ll be ready for the fun part of this project much sooner if you have a clay rolling machine or an old pasta maker. Run the clay through the machine at least half a dozen times to "condition" it, or work it with your hands until it’s soft and pliable. Sculpey is our favorite brand, as it warms up quickly and is soft enough for kids to mold. How to make clay mushrooms

Combine colors by rolling clay "snakes" and twisting them together. A little snake or two in a bright, contrasting color adds a nice touch. Twist, squash into a ball, roll into another "snake" and twist again, until your colors are marbled together to your liking. Rolling the clay through the pasta machine (set to 3/16 or ¼ inch) will result in some nice streaking and mixing, too.

Roll or pat the clay to a thickness of 1/8 to ¼ inch, using thicker clay to make larger mushrooms. When you like the colors you see, cut or shape the clay into a roughly circular shape. How to make clay mushroomsNow, give your mushroom cap some dimension. In nature, some mushrooms are tall and conical, others are How to make clay mushroomsnearly flat-topped. Our flatter caps seemed more interesting with some ripples and soft ridges. For a tall cone, you’ll want to start with a half circle or a pac-man shape.

Just shaping the cap isn’t quite enough; you need to support the shape while it bakes. For flatter mushrooms, a marble or bottle cap under the center may be all you need. We made ours a little taller using scrunched tinfoil tart pans and balls of foil. How to make clay mushroomsYou can shape your mushroom cap around pretty much any material that can take low oven heat, especially if you cover it with a bit of foil for easy release.

Follow the directions for your brand of polym er clay. We baked ours for 20 minutes at 275°F. Once cool, remove the caps from their supports. For durability, especially for outside use, give your mushrooms a couple coats of clear sealer. How to make clay mushroomsSealers made to be used with polymer clay are best; lately, we’ve been using "PYM II." **

We made five mushrooms using different combinations of the same colors. Since we were using mostly muted natural tones of clay, we thought small sticks would be fine for the stems, and we had fun searching under the trees for just the right ones. Choose sticks several inches taller th an you want your stems to be, so you can push them down into the soil to anchor your mushrooms.

You can also make matching stems from polymer clay. The clay bakes better if it’s not too thick, so form the stem around something. For the stem we made this way, I w rapped a pipe cleaner around the top of a stick from a broken pinwheel and then squashed on a layer of multicolored clay.

Whether you go for subtle colors and realistic textures or simple shapes and neon swirls, it’s easy to put your own stamp on this project. You’re going to love how easy and fun it is to make a little flock of mushrooms for your container garden or indoor plants. Post some photos, and let us see your creations!

How to make clay mushrooms

* Polymer clay isn’t safe to eat, so I wouldn’t try this project with really young kids. (My daughter is almost 3 and no longer eats play-doh.) If you use a pasta machine or other tools on polymer clay, don’t use them later with food. Polymer clay can give off some fumes (a mild odor) and leave a residue when fired, so work in a ventilated area and cover your baking tray with foil or parchment paper.

** Thanks to my creative friend Chris Rentmeisters for recommending PYM II sealer. It’s the best I’ve ever used, and it’s what she uses on her Garden Buddies. For product details & purchasing, see the Precision Blue site.

Project photos by Jill M Nicolaus. Mouse-over images for additional information: just hover your cursor over the photo for a few seconds, and a caption will pop up.

About Jill M. Nicolaus

About Jill M. Nicolaus

Better known as “Critter” on DG, Jill lives in Frederick, MD, where she tries to fit as many plants as possible into a suburban back yard. The birds are mobbing our feeders lately, so Sunshine Girl and I have a job keeping the Flyby Cafe’ open for business! This year, we put out a special feeder just for the squirrels, filled with a seed & corn blend. We still see them acrobatically snatching food from the other feeders, but at least now they let the birds get a beak in edgewise! (Images in my articles are from my photos, unless otherwise credited.)

How to make clay mushrooms

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How to make clay mushrooms

In this instructable, I will show you how to make mini toadstools out of clay. I made a whole ring of them for my younger sister, who wanted to go to fairyland.

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this project you will need:

– red acrylic paint

-white acrylic paint

-air-dry clay ( in this case I am using FIMO air clay)

-cup of water(optional)

Step 2: Make the Mushroom Cap

To make the cap of the mushroom, you first want to make a ball about two centimeters in diameter (of course you can vary the size to your liking). Then, you take the pencil and push the end of it into the ball that you have already made. Take it off the pencil and expand the hole and push the sides outward slightly to your liking.

Step 3: Make the Stem

Take a toothpick and cut a piece off. The piece that I am using is 1 1/2 inches long. Roll the toothpick in clay so that it has a thin covering.

Step 4: Attach the Cap to the Stem

Take the toothpick and poke it into the inside of the cap. If the clay is too dry you can always add a dab of water. At this point you can either stick it into the foam to dry and then hot-glue it onto a base of your choice, or, you can immediately stick it into a clay base (step five).

Step 5: Making the Clay Base

Take another circle of clay and pat into a rectangular base. Stick the stem in and let dry. Then start all over again and make as many mushrooms as you would like.

Step 6: Paint

After the clay has dried, take you paintbrush and paint the cap red. When the red paint dries, you can take a very fine paintbrush or the end of a toothpick and paint on the spots.

Step 7: Have Fun!

You can use these mushrooms for decoration, miniatures, or you can give them to a little one who can play with them.

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