Upcycled Mushroom Garden Accents

by Crafty Lumberjacks

Add some curb appeal and whimsy to your garden with these larger than life garden mushrooms! Upcycling is a huge trend right now and rightfully so, turn a fallen tree and round pots into a colorful and fun statement piece in just a few steps. This project is perfect for any outdoor stoop or garden, change the flowers and plants throughout the year to keep it seasonally fresh and appropriate!

Video Tutorial Below!


  • Krylon Fusion All-In-One Matte Clam Shell
  • Krylon Fusion All-In-One Matte Red Pepper
  • Krylon Fusion All-In-One Matte Pale Sage
  • Krylon Fusion All-In-One Flat Clear Finish
  • Round Pots 
  • Cardboard or Tarp
  • Glue
  • Removable Vinyl 
  • Scissors

How To:

1 Pick out your wooden stems – Any wood stump or fallen branch should work for this project, but there are some things you should look for when starting. Match the size and width of the stump or branch to each garden bowl. Keep in mind, the bigger the branch, the heavier the mushroom will be, if you want it easily movable a smaller wood stem would work best. Make sure the wood has a flat bottom so it can sit up straight once placed in the garden.

2 Spray paint the mushroom caps white – Add a base coat of clam shell for the spots. Place the round garden bowls upside down on a tarp or piece of cardboard. Use a recycled can or something to prop the bowls up to keep them off the ground. This will make it easier to spray at all angles. Keep the spray paint at least a foot away from the bowls and begin spraying a base coat of white in a sweeping motion until the entire bowl is evenly coated. Let the base coat dry before moving onto the next step

3 Add spots and spray paint a pop of color on the mushroom caps – Cut out different sized circles and spots on a piece of removable vinyl. The circles do not need to be perfect, keep them organic for a more natural look. Peel the vinyl and place the circles, like a sticker, around the tops and sides of the bowls. Press the edges of the vinyl down well for crisp lines. Spray paint the bowls with a pop of color (Red Pepper and Pale Sage). Shake the can well and spray in a sweeping motion at least a foot away. Allow the bowls to fully dry and then carefully peel off the vinyl circles.  Tip: It’s always best to add multiple light coats of spray paint than one thick coat. 

4 Spray the mushroom caps with a Flat Clear Finish  – Spray a coat of Fusion All-In-One Flat Clear Finish onto the mushroom caps to protect it from all outdoor elements. Let it dry before moving onto the next steps

5 Glue bowls to stumps and display  – Add enough heavy duty glue to cover the top of each stump. Press the bowl directly on the glue and press down and allow the glue to fully dry. Carefully push the stumps deep into the grown until the mushrooms can stand on their own.  Display your mushrooms by your doorstep, along a path way or in your garden and enjoy their vibrant whimsy!

1 comment

Julie October 30, 2023 - 2:56 pm

Love this idea, looks great


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