This beautiful moss & mushroom spring wreath is so easy to make! Let your creativity flow with this magical light-up wreath!
My babes has been yammering on for months about making a wreath with little light-up mushrooms.
Because apparently mushrooms are a thing.
But not just mushrooms, which she keeps telling me are hot right now (like how on trend is a fungus ever going to be??) Nope, not just mushrooms – she also wants moss with her ‘shrooms.
Now look, I’m a fun guy, pretty easy going…I can mold myself to fit the situation, but this wreath of hers was starting to sound like some deranged hippie pizza you might find in California – the land where pizza went to die. Walk past any cemetery from San Diego to San Francisco, and you’ll hear the Italian residents tumbling in their coffins. They’ll remain that way until broccoli and avocado are officially banned as pizza toppings.
Anyway, back to the
Cali pizza wreath. When my babes gets a bee in her bonnet like this, it usually means she’s onto something. I’ve seen her intuition at work enough times to know it’s not something to be truffled with.
So even though I’m up to my elbows in manly outdoor work involving power tools, large timbers and possibly grizzly bears, I agreed to step back inside and take up the hot glue gun once more. I’ve had a nice break from crafting, but it’s time to get back in the saddle and make a moss & mushroom spring wreath for my babes.
She’s been asking for it, so she’s gonna get it. Just one fun guy making fungi for his babes.
Moss & Mushroom Spring Wreath VIDEO TuTorial
Moss & Mushroom Spring Wreath Tutorial
Step 1 – Make mushroom caps
For this step, it helps if you have some kind of small curved surface. I tried small paint palettes from Dollar Tree but found a DT incense holder worked even better. You’re trying to make little mushroom caps from hot glue – each one 1/4″ to 3/4″ in diameter, so anything you can find with a curved surface that hot glue won’t stick to will work.
If you do happen to come across an incense holder like I’m holding in the picture above, be sure to close that little hole with some super glue, or it will want to blow an air bubble in your hot glue.
I found the mushroom caps were even easier to remove if I rubbed the incense holder with Bees Wax sprayed onto a paper towel, but any cooking oil, Vaseline or furniture wax/polish would also work.
To make the mushroom caps, I squeezed a bit of hot glue onto the top of the cone, spread it around a bit with the tip of the glue gun and then let it harden for about a minute or so.
I used tweezers to peel the cap from the incense holder. Fingers work, too, but mine are fat and clumsy, so tweezers worked better for me!
And here’s a beautiful mushroom cap!
I used 24 mushroom caps for my spring wreath, but you can use as many or as few as you’d like. I actually started with just a few, but Handan loved them so much, she kept asking me to add more and more and more!
Step 2 – Wrap the lights
The 8-foot strand of lights wrapped nicely around the wreath 11 times. See? I made an easy wreath even easier!
Step 3 – Add the moss
Here’s the creative part! Pour yourself a coffee (or tea, if you swing that way), and settle into your artistic self.
Don’t worry! This kind of art doesn’t take skill or talent – just let the fungus flow from your eyes to your fingers and start gluing moss here and there around the wreath form.
There’s no right or wrong with this part. If you want a moss wreath made from a single color – go for it! I like a mix of color and texture, so I used a big pack of the greens stuff shown above, plus two smaller packs of mixed mosses.
I used some faux greens we had on hand to add new elements of color, texture and interest.
Handan also let me cannibalize some moss from this old classic that we still carry around with us – that’s how excited she was getting watching my progress!
When I felt I had enough moss, I started adding mushrooms. And this is why we used firecracker string lights for this moss & mushroom spring wreath – each LED light juts up from the main wire on its own little wire. In other words, each light on this strand is a potential mushroom stem. All it needs is a little cap.
Step 4 – Pop a cap
There are 200 lights on the firecracker string light strand, and I covered 24 of them with caps. How many mushrooms you make will be up to you.
There are two methods, each is equally easy, and each works just as well. Either put a dab of glue on the LED light and stick a cap on top, or put a tiny dab in the middle of the cap and stick it on a light. I used both methods.
Let’s change perspective for a moment and see how this wreath comes alive!
It’s like a mini ecosystem or a fairy garden!
Now let’s take a look at our moss & mushroom spring wreath hanging on our front door. It looks great during the daylight hours…
But it really comes alive once the sun dips low!