By Jennifer Priest
I’m kind of obsessed with mushrooms lately. I think it has to do with spring and my newfound love for fairy gardens. Mushrooms look great with fairy gardens! I didn’t want a traditional fairy garden due to the cats in my house; they’d just chew on it. I decided to make an oversized table top fairy garden as a centerpiece for my dining room table:
Being that Earth Day is this month, this project is special because it contains recycled fibers. The felt itself is made with eco-fi, a recycled material made from 100% plastic bottles. I chose Kunin Eco-Fi Premium Plus felt because it is denser and thicker than the Rainbow ClassicFelt™, helping the mushrooms stand up and hold their shape. In addition, I stuffed the mushrooms with the insides of an old bed pillow. I love using old things rather than throwing them away. An old bed pillow has no value – it can’t be sold at a thrift shop for health reasons and once it is old, flat and dirty, no one wants to sleep on it anymore. The mushrooms stand on a chipboard base made from recycled paper.
Here’s how to make these oversized mushrooms:
Use the mushrooms for an oversized fairy garden or on their own as fun décor. My husband thinks they’d be fun for a kids’ party featuring a certain Mario and Luigi from a video game. Yeah, that could happen.
- Kunin Eco-Fi Premium Plus Felt in Red and White
- Batting or stuffing from an old pillow
- Sewing machine and thread
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Sizzix Bigz Scallop Circle Die
- Glue Gun