How to Make Concrete Mushrooms for the Garden

Using quick setting cement, these mushrooms can pop up quickly into your garden!

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How to Make Concrete Mushrooms for the Garden
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Gather supplies.  Be sure to wear gloves, they are essential to keeping your hands well cared for.

Gather supplies. Be sure to wear gloves, they are essential to keeping your hands well cared for.

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For the stems;   Add dry cement into bowl.  I did not measure, I just counted scoops.  I used fast setting concrete, & it sets up quickly, so I made small batches.  I made five stems at a time.

For the stems; Add dry cement into bowl. I did not measure, I just counted scoops. I used fast setting concrete, & it sets up quickly, so I made small batches. I made five stems at a time.

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Slowly add water to dry cement.  Again, I did not measure, little by little.  You want the consistency of thick thick sand, just a bit wet, not too slushy.

Slowly add water to dry cement. Again, I did not measure, little by little. You want the consistency of thick thick sand, just a bit wet, not too slushy.

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Again, this is quick set, so you have to move quickly.  Mix cement and water together.

Again, this is quick set, so you have to move quickly. Mix cement and water together.

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Drop piles onto wax paper.  After you've emptied bowl, then 'mold' your stem.  Flat bottom, and somewhat to a point on the tip....

Drop piles onto wax paper. After you've emptied bowl, then 'mold' your stem. Flat bottom, and somewhat to a point on the tip....

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Shape like little mountains....let dry.

Shape like little mountains....let dry.

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Dried

Dried

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For the mushroom cap, mold wet sand to the sides of appropriate sized bowl.  You want to mold a 'well'.

For the mushroom cap, mold wet sand to the sides of appropriate sized bowl. You want to mold a 'well'.

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After you mold the sand, add a sheet of cellophane over sand.

After you mold the sand, add a sheet of cellophane over sand.

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Mix cement up like you did for the stem, only this time make it more wet.  Pour mixed cement into molds.  Again, I made five at a time.

Mix cement up like you did for the stem, only this time make it more wet. Pour mixed cement into molds. Again, I made five at a time.

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After cement has been poured into bowls, stick the completely dry stem into the cement well.  Hold a moment or two to set.

After cement has been poured into bowls, stick the completely dry stem into the cement well. Hold a moment or two to set.

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Let dry.  When dry, lift out of mold and set aside.

Let dry. When dry, lift out of mold and set aside.

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Dried and ready to paint. Be sure to work on wax paper, or put something down over your work space, to keep area clean.

Dried and ready to paint. Be sure to work on wax paper, or put something down over your work space, to keep area clean.

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Paint your mushrooms whatever color you desire.  I used acrylics and interior Behr household paint.

Paint your mushrooms whatever color you desire. I used acrylics and interior Behr household paint.

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I only painted the tops, not the stems.  You certainly can paint stems if you'd like.

I only painted the tops, not the stems. You certainly can paint stems if you'd like.

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For the mushroom dots, I used a dauber, dipped into paint.

For the mushroom dots, I used a dauber, dipped into paint.

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Randomly paint dots over top of your mushroom.

Randomly paint dots over top of your mushroom.

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Looking good....

Looking good....

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I wanted to give these a top coat, so I watered down some Outdoor Modge Podge, and gave each mushroom two coats, drying completely between coats.

I wanted to give these a top coat, so I watered down some Outdoor Modge Podge, and gave each mushroom two coats, drying completely between coats.

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Drying.

Drying.

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Fantastic!  Ready to add cheer to your garden.

Fantastic! Ready to add cheer to your garden.

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