If you love the look of velvet in the fall season, you are going to love these easy DIY velvet mushrooms done three different ways!
EASY DIY VELVET MUSHROOMS THREE WAYS
Hey friends and fam! Welcome to a brand new DIY at My Wee Abode!
If you love velvet during the cozy seasons of fall and winter, you are gonna want to create these easy DIY velvet mushrooms!
And we aren’t learning just one version. I actually have THREE ways to show you how to DIY your own velvet ‘shroom patch! (Maybe even 3 1/2 ways!)
These luxurious, rustic velvet fungi (such an ugly word 😉 ) are all the rage these days, and I figured out a way to make them look just as lovely as my DIY velvet pumpkins!
These look JUST like the pros version, too! At a fraction of the cost!
So let’s get to it!
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Easy DIY Velvet Mushrooms – Birchwood Stem
The first version of this DIY soft velvet mushroom is using a mini birch wood log as a stem.
What You Will Need for a DIY Velvet Mushroom with a Birch Wood Stem
Here are the items you will need for this first ‘shroom, as well as a few of these items for the next two.
- Stretch velvet fabric; you can get this are your local fabric store, but there is a lot more colors to choose from on Amazon (seller 1 and seller 2) and Etsy.
- Foam mushroom ‘caps’. You can use either FloraFom (3.8″) or SmoothFom (4.5″) (I used both types, and prefer the SmoothFom) You can also pick these up at Hobby Lobby!
- Real mini birch ‘logs’ and Hobby Lobby has them, too!
- Extra Strong Upholstery Thread
- Large sewing needed with large eye
- Glue gun and glue sticks (I’ve found these to be the best)
- Rhinestones (optional)
- Jewel Picker
- Tacky Glue Fast Grab
How to Make a Large Velvet Mushroom with Birch Wood Stem
These velvety mushrooms are super easy to make… don’t let all the photos make you nervous. A thorough tutorial is always best, don’t you think?
- Turn your velvet face down and trace your stencil. For the large mushroom, I used a 10″ dinner plate (Fig 1a). Pro tip: Using a felt tip pen is easy, and shows up on the darkest of fabrics (Fig 1b).
- Take a needle with a large eye and your upholstery thread, and slip stitch around the circle about 1/4″ away from the edge (Fig 2).
- Slightly pull the thread to begin forming the cover for your foam half ball (Fig 3). Pro tip: Be sure to leave your needle threaded to tie off your fabric at the end.
Prep the “Cap”
- Take your mini birch wood log and gently press it into your foam (Fig 4). Take a spoon and scoop out a ‘tunnel’ (Fig 4a and 4b)
- Cover your foam ‘cap’ with your velvet and pull the string in tightly. Arrange and rearrange to get the velvet centered. Then, tie-off the thread (Fig 5).
- Pinch and arrange the fabric on the foam half ball until you have the look you want (Fig 6).
- Add hot glue on the top of a mini birch wood log and around the top edge and push into the hole of the cap (Fig 7).
And that is IT!
The ‘bark’ flaking off the stem just reminds me of a rustic mushroom. It makes me so happy!
But, what makes me even more happy? Adding some sparkle!
Adding Rhinestones to DIY Velvet Mushrooms
Again, this is really easy to do… seriously easy, and really satisfying!
- If you want to add some rhinestones (or any other beading, for that matter) simply purchase Tacky Glue Fast Grab, faux jewels, and a jewel picker (Fig 1).
- Dot the glue around the cap, but don’t do more than three or four dots at a time (it will dry too fast) (Fig 2).
- Pick up a bead with your jewel picker (this is a MUST for adding jewels to anything) (Fig 3).
- Place your jewel on the glue and hold for a second or two. Then roll your jewel picker off the bead (Fig 4).
Now, let’s take a look at the second velvet mushroom style.
DIY Velvet Mushroom with Driftwood Stem and Panne Velvet
There’s not much difference with this velvet mushroom, except the type of stem, choice of fabric, and I DID use the 3-inch SmoothFom for this mushroom.
- Repeat the steps for the velvet mushroom with the birch wood stem, however, you may want to use a knife to hollow out the smaller foam half ball.
- Also, panne velvet is not stretchy, so you may need to work with pinching and prodding the fabric a bit more.
- Pro-tip: You can always cut the ‘stems’ to the length you want using a razor saw (I use mine ALL the time!)
Stand back and admire your velvet mushroom collection growing. Because you and I BOTH know how mushrooms MULTIPLY!
Easy DIY Velvet Mushrooms – Mini Wooden Mushrooms
These wooden mushrooms are so cute. You can choose to simply paint them, or make them little DIY velvet mushrooms!
What You’ll Need
Here are the additional items you will need to make these super simple velvet mushrooms.
- Miniature Wood Mushrooms
- Acrylic Paint for Stem (your choice of color. I mixed my color, but I like Woodland Brown and Cafe Mocha)
- Paint brush (These FolkArt paint brushes are cheap, but super nice!)
How to Make Miniature DIY Velvet Mushrooms
Again, these are SUPER easy to make!
- For this easy velvet mushroom, be sure to slip stitch the velvet close to the edge (Fig 1). This will hide the stitching around the base of the mushroom cap.
- The stem is painted once, because I preferred more of a stained look, but you can paint it solid by painting two coats. Then take the velvet and wrap it over the wooden cap, pull it close to the base, and tie it off (Fig 2)!
And you end up with your third little velvet mushroom!
The Final Three Easy DIY Velvet Mushrooms
And here is how these mushrooms look in my favorite wooden pedestal bowl.
And here are the three with the rhinestone addition!
These easy DIY velvet mushrooms have been on my calendar to create for a while. I’m so glad these are finally done… and I LOVE the way they came out!
Are you loving these velvet mushrooms as much as I am? What colors would you use for your DIY velvet mushrooms?