These polymer clay mushrooms are the most ridiculously cute clay craft I’ve made in a hot minute. They’re fast too, so PERFECT for me!
Polymer Clay Mushrooms
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the ridiculously easy, cute and fun crafts lately – and this set of polymer clay mushrooms fits right in! The kiddo asked me for a few “non-plant” plants that should could keep in the window that gets terrible lighting, inspiring me to kind of make something from clay that would look cute potted – and these little clay toadstools were born!
With or without the funny kawaii eyes and smiles, this polymer clay craft is fun and actually really cute. So, grab a slab of clay and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Clay Toadstools
- If you feel like there’s a lot of fingerprints in your clay, you can brush it with a paintbrush. Still not smooth enough? Try dabbing a little rubbing alcohol on your paintbrush before going over your mushroom caps. That will clear up those fingerprints fast!
- Want a shiny finish? Easy! Just use a glossy craft sealant like Mod Podge on your finished polymer clay mushrooms, after they’ve cooled off, of course. You can do one coat of apply a second, if you want a spectacularly glossy finish, just be sure to let the sealant dry completely between coats.
- I have to be honest, making the tiny white dots on the eyes caused me some consternation. I finally settled on using a toothpick instead of a paintbrush. The paintbrush was just too much. And a pin was too little. A toothpick, though, applied just the right sized-dot for an eye-shimmer for me!
- Definitely give yourself some colorful polymer clay options by grabbing something like this sampler pack here. Of course you can make these clay toadstools with any polymer clay but I like this brand because the colors remain bright after baking and it’s super easy to work.
- When you’re assembling your mushrooms, I recommend using a strong super glue like this because it’s going to hold the pieces together well and is less likely to react with the clay long-term.
How Do I Make this Polymer Clay Mushrooms?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Polymer clay in dark brown, tan, and light brown
- Pot, optional
- Decorative rocks, optional
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Clay cutting and piercing tools
- White paint
- Mod Podge
- Roll out 3 dime-sized balls of brown clay. Press these brown balls out into flat, circular shapes with a peaked center by pinching the edges a bit, leaving the middle thicker. Perfection is not the goal - organic mushroom caps are more fun than perfect circles.
- Roll out 12-15 balls of tan clay about ½ cm in diameter then press them into flat circles.
- Press theses tiny flat circles into the tops of the mushroom caps using a forming tool or your thumb - you can also just use a pencil eraser, just something smooth and small to help you press it on top and work it in without messing up your mushroom cap's overall shape.
- Roll out 3 balls of tan clay about 2-3 cm in diameter. Roll these tan balls into long cylinders, tapered on one end. These do not need to be perfectly straight, but straight-ish is nice.
- Roll out some black clay into 6 very tiny balls for eyes, flattening them just a smidge, if you're making your mushrooms have eyes like mine.
- Place all of the clay creations onto parchment paper and bake the clay in the oven per the package directions (usually 20-25 minutes). Remove the clay creations from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Glue on the eyes about 1 to 1 1/2 inch from the top of the tapered end of the cylinders. Using a fine-tipped permanent marker, draw a smile onto each the stems under the eyes then paint white dots on one side of each eye for a "shine".
- Glue the tops onto the tapered end of each mushroom stem and seal your mushrooms with Mod Podge and allow this to dry completely.
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