Mini Mushrooms & Pennant Banners – Accessories for Plants and Terrariums

Clay is one of my favorite crafting mediums to work with. It can almost instantly take the shape of any creative idea brewing in your crafty little mind. There is just something so youthful and fun about playing with clay too – no matter how old you may be.


Since I have been on a little succulent and terrarium spree lately, I thought it would be fun to make some mini accessories to dress them up! There is almost nothing that clay can become…your imagination is seriously the limit on this one – just have fun.

Materials Needed:
Oven Bake Clay
Floral Wire
Acrylic Paints
Paint Markers or Sharpies
Wax Paper

Additional Materials Needed: knife, roller, shaping tools


There are a few different brands of oven baked clay that are available at your local crafting store. I picked mine up while browsing the crafting isles at Walmart and for just under $5, one box goes a pretty long way. {I didn’t even make a dent in the while pack making these miniatures} Once baked in the oven the clay takes on a bisque matte finish and hardens.


Begin by kneading a chunk of the clay. As you work with it, it becomes more pliable.


For the mushrooms, I used two pieces, one for the top and one for the bottom . Once I had my shapes the way I wanted them, I smushed the two pieces together and inserted a cut piece of floral wire into the stem. {the wire will become a little stake to stabilize the mushroom when they are inserted into the plants and terrariums}


For the pennant banners, take the kneaded clay, place between two sheets of wax paper and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.


Using a knife cut out several small triangles. Working on top a sheet of wax paper makes it much easier to move the clay pieces around.


Arrange the triangles in an arc shape {that of a hanging banner} on the wax paper. Cut a long piece of floral wire and gently press it into the back of each clay pennant.


Cut a few extra pieces of clay to place on top of the wire, at each point where it connects to the clay, and press gently to secure. Once baked this will hold the clay pennants in place.


Flip the banner over and stamp out your saying with rubber stamps. I used mini wooden scrapbooking stamps. Make sure you press firmly but not too hard as you do not want to go through the layer of clay – you just want to make an impression of the letter.


To give the pennants a little dimension you can curl and bend the clay as you wish.

Remove the mushrooms and banners from the wax paper and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake following the manufactures directions on the clay package. Due to the thickness of the mushrooms they will need to bake a little longer than recommended. {my package recommended 15 minutes and it actually took the mushrooms 45 minutes to cure} Just be sure to check them periodically and do not over bake.


Once the clay has baked and cooled, you are now ready to embellish with your favorite acrylic paints. {I used my DecoArt multi-purpose Americana Acrylics} For the lettering on the banners and mushroom spots, I used sharpies and paint pens. {tip: have a planter near by to hold the mushrooms as they are drying}


To hang the banner, I wrapped the end of the wire around two small sticks that were inserted into the terrarium.


I made this one bright and colorful to go in my little guys bug bathroom.


It adds some fun and touch of whimsy to an otherwise plain rock and moss terrarium.


I had a too much fun with the cute little mushrooms – they are perfect additions for succulent gardens.


I even left a few un-painted as the clay alone is a perfect natural color.


Though I think I like the splash of red the best!

It’s finally Friday – Have a wonderful weekend ~ Enjoy.

                  

Comments

  1. That is so cute! I’ve never tried clay, but I keep threatening to. Everyone makes it look so easy!

  2. Adorable! I love it.

  3. Adorable! I have never worked with play but have lots of experience with Play-Doh ;) I am going to have to give it a try!

  4. Love the little mushrooms….too cute!! I guess I have another project that I have to try.

  5. I just bought “one” small mushroom at a craft shop for I’m thinking about $6.00….I never thought of making some myself from clay. I may have to make a few for me, my daughter and my sisters. I’m sure they would love them. Maybe we could do them when we have our “girls day”….what fun!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  6. So cute – red mushrooms always remind me of Snow White – hmm why?

  7. Simply fabulous idea…mushrooms turned out too cute and the banner bunting is so sweet!
    Kim
    tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

  8. Very cute banner and love the mushrooms!

  9. I am addicted! I found your blog this morn, signed up as a follower, been amazed looking at your GREAT creations and realized it has been WELL over an hour and still on the first few months. WOW I want to make everything I see. Definitely on the same decor wave length. THANK YOU for sharing your talent with us!

  10. How cute are those?!! I love the mushrooms. BUT the pendant…awesome idea! If I had plants, I’d make one myself! (:

    Chrissy visiting from formamas.blogspot.com

  11. These would be so sweet in a fairy garden! Love the idea of the pennants.

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  12. Adorable…I just PINNED it :)

  13. You are so creative Stephanie Lynn! I love this!

    Have a great weekend!

  14. Oh my goodness! I just made my first one 2 days ago and I can’t wait to pop one of these in there. I think I might feel an addiction coming on!

  15. totally precious! love it!

  16. You have inspired me to do some planting too. I fell in love with the succulents and terrariums that you have shown in the last couple of months and now I have some growing. They are so sweet to watch! But now you just gave me an idea of something I want to make to add to mine. I’ll send you a pic when I get done! :)

  17. I love these red and white dot mushrooms and I am so happy you posted how you made them. Thanks!

  18. I have never worked with clay but those mushrooms are so darn cute I may have to try it!

  19. That is such a great idea! I made a bunch of clay mushrooms for keychains and stuff, because I love mushrooms. Now I have a purpose for them.

        

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