I cannot wait to receive my package and see what my fellow swappers / crafters have dreamed up for this year's theme of "Holiday Toadstools".
As for myself, I had a couple ideas started and scrapped.... and finally decided on paper mache (I cannot type the words paper mache without hearing Woody Harrelson saying "PAY-pee-err MAshay" on Will & Grace - - anyone else remember that episode?)
I was so pleased with how they turned out -- just a little rustic with some bling -- like me!
And here is how I created them:
You will need:
- Tin Foil
- Old book pages or newspaper, torn into strips
- a decopauge or gel medium for sealing (I used Omni Gel that I picked up at Michael's -- highly recommend!)
- Paint Brushes
- Round Stencil Dauber
- Eye Screw (for hanging)
- Baker's Twine
- Hemp Twine
First you need to make your paper mache form..
- tear off a piece of tin foil about 12 - 14", place a toothpick in one corner (this will give your stem support) and start rolling inward. After a few rolls, fold and crunch and slightly tear foil to create your stem and then crunch foil into toadstool cap shapes - your form should be one continuous piece - - there is no perfect toadstool! Every toadstool form I made is completely different! Thick caps, flat caps, misshapen caps - they will ALL look good!
- Mix 1 Cup Flour and 1 Cup Water with an immersion blender to create a thin watery paste. This amount was enough to create 12 toadstools which each measured 4 - 5" tall with caps measuring from 2" to the size of my palm.
- Dip your torn pages into paper mache batter and start covering your tin foil form. I used about 3 layers to cover. (and again, wash your bowl immediately when finished!!)
**crafter's note: I wear latex gloves for this process - - you should have a box of latex gloves in your kitchen and craft room!! They are so cheap and are really a crafter's best friend!!
- Let your pieces dry thoroughly. WOW - - 24 hours later, my pieces were still SOPPING WET! I didn't have time for this non-sense! I put the dryer rack in my front loading dryer and placed my pieces on top - - 2 cycles of 40 minutes on high - - cement hard shapes!
- Now we start painting! For my base, I used Delta Chalky White Acrylic Paint - - this is my "go to" white paint for crafting projects.
- Now paint the caps a bright, crimson red. After the red paint is dry, use a round stencil dauber to add white dots to your toadstool cap.
- Let dry
- Brush entire toadstool with Omni Gel Medium (or other gloss/matte medium of your choice) and let dry
- Once dry, brush another coat of Omni Gel Medium on toadstool cap.
- Immediately pour an iridescent glitter all over cap of toadstool (I used Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Chunky Glitter -- best glitter I have EVER used! LOVE IT!!!)
- The Omni Gel medium really tones down the color of the paint and makes a great adhesive for the glitter.
- Once glitter has dried, twist an eye screw into top of toadstool and use a combo of bakers twine and hemp twine as a hanger.