Making Mushroom Wreaths

imageTo make a Velvet Mushroom Wreath:

Using a ruler and sharp pencil, score a 10” square in the center of your foam sheet. Wax the knife blade with the bar of soap or an old candle, and cut out the center, creating a 2” frame.
2. Cover the square wreath with the burnt orange fabric:

Cut the fabric into three, 3″ wide strips.
Pin and glue one strip to the back of the square wreath, and wrap it around the wreath.
Stretch the strip as you wrap it, so that the ends curl under as you go.
Pin and glue the other end to the back of the wreath.
Repeat with the two additional strips, till wreath is covered.
Corners: Center a fabric strip over the corner as you wrap. Fold over any excess fabric, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath.
3. Cut the mushrooms stems from the leftover, 10” foam square:

Cut out five stems, one each 3¾”, 3″, and 1¾” tall; and two that are 2¼” tall.
Cut away the corners, and press the edges on a tabletop to flatten.
Roll each stem on the tabletop till it’s round.
Roll more firmly near the top edge, so that the stem tapers at the tip.
4. Wrap the stems in the cream fabric and glue the edge. Cut away excess fabric, leaving ½” extra at the top and bottom. Using the scissors or another pointed tool, tuck the excess fabric into the top and bottom of the stem. Add a dab of glue, if needed, to help hold the fabric in place.

DIY Velvet Mushrooms. Beautiful on a Fall Wreath or made as Christmas Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.
You’ll pair each stem with a half ball for the mushroom cap. If I were making these into Christmas ornaments, I’d cover the mushroom cap in red, stretchy fabric.

5. Cut the foam balls in half. Match up each half ball, or mushroom cap, with a stem. Cut a ½” deep hole in the flat side of each half ball to fit the stem.

6. Cover the mushroom caps with fabric:

Cut a circle of fabric large enough to cover the half ball, and add ½” all around.
Gather the fabric around the half ball, pulling fabric snugly to the bottom of the mushroom cap. Glue fabric in place.
7. Glue mushroom stems into the mushroom caps.

8. Arrange and glue mushrooms in place on the wreath. Decorate the wreath with natural materials.

Look at the details on this Fall Wreath with a woodland scene. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.
Add little critters, like ladybugs or a turtle, to introduce a little woodland whimsy.

9. Dip the picture hanger nails in glue, and insert through the hanger into the back of the wreath. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.

This is a beautiful woodland wreath for fall! The velvet mushrooms would make cute tree ornaments, too. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.
These colors are beautiful for fall.

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