Fungi Town Repurposed Garden Junk Mushrooms


Hi there, Friends! If you've read even a few of my posts, you know my affection for whimsical accents in both my home and garden. When I can repurpose existing junk I have on hand, I'm a happy camper! I bet some of you have some pieces you've held onto that could be recreated as funky garden mushrooms. Why not throw in a few cans of spray paint and create your own Fungi Town?  


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This idea has been in the works for some time and I've been gathering items that I could envision as mushrooms. For example, rather than discarding faded plastic flower pots and the glass light shades I updated with DIY vintage farmhouse fixtures, I kept them with this project in mind. I also shopped my garden and decided to use two tall candlesticks that I had previously used as ornamental pedestals. After playing around with what pieces fit together well, I spray painted those I planned to use. I chose the colors by using paint I had on hand. 


fungi town repurposed garden junk mushrooms


To assemble my fungi, I stacked flower pots for the center mushroom and used the candlesticks for the others. The light globes I mentioned worked nicely for the red mushroom caps and another glass dish I had previously used as a small bird bath was painted white for the stacked flower pots. I was satisfied with how the cap pieces rested on the stems without adding any type of adhesive. While I like the flexibility of being able to move or change them, they could easily be glued, if you prefer. To create the polka dots, I used the end of a foam paint brush which is larger than a craft paint brush. You may have noticed that I painted more pieces than I used. Once I assembled and arranged them, I decided less was more. 


fungi town repurposed garden junk mushrooms


As a teenager of the late seventies, the 1980 song Funky Town has always been a personal favorite. In part, my motivation for creating the whimsical mushroom patch was for Ginger Grand's amusement. Last year when we crafted our Gnome Sweet Home, he was so tickled by the play on words, he repeated them all week long, giggling each time. Since he's familiar with the song after it was made popular again by the movie Shrek 2, I knew the name and word play would delight him :) 


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I hope Ginger Grand's reaction makes you giggle--you can hear me trying to contain mine as I videoed him. 



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15 comments:

  1. Adorable. You are so creative.

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  2. So sweet! You're very patient, waiting to collect just the right parts! Love the colors, I think they go well together. Glad you've had such fun with your grandson:) xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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  3. So cute Cecilia. Love the bright, fresh colors. Glad you had so much fun with Ginger Grand. He is a real cutie.

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  4. Your fungi are adorable but your Ginger Grand so much more adorable!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your Fungi Town at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

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    2. Fungi Town will be featured at Snickerdoodle this Saturday.

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  5. I'm now going to sing "won't you take me too.... fungi town" ;) You are always so creative friend! :)

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  6. These are so cute!! I love the Fungi Town!

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  7. So cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  8. I LOVE these - Pinned! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!!

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  9. haha! Love your creative with words and things! Enjoy your garden!

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  10. Won't you take me to... Fungi Tooown! LOL! I love that you played with that song and items you had. These are so cute! Your post will be my feature today at Tuesdays with a Twist! I hope you can join the party again this week. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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