DIY Garden ­Mushrooms

Dress up your yard or front porch with these quick and easy DIY Garden Mushrooms. This project is so simple that it’s great for kids, too!




  • 2-3 round terra cotta pots in various sizes
  • 2-3 round terra cotta drain plates (each 3-5 in. wider than the bottom of matching pot)
  • Spray paint, in white, and in choice of colors for mushroom tops
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Waterproof clear paint- on or spray sealer
  • 2-in.-wide round sponge or spouncer
  • Small paintbrush
  • Epoxy or waterproof outdoor glue (optional)

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint the exterior of the pots white and the underside of each drain plate in a contrasting color. Apply as many coats as needed for full coverage; let dry 24-48 hours.

Step 2

For the dots on the mushroom tops, dip a round sponge or spouncer in white acrylic paint. Coat it liberally and then press it to a painted drain plate. Remove quickly, leaving a white dot. If needed, use a small paintbrush to fill in any light areas of paint.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2, making several randomly placed white dots on each painted drain plate. Let all dots dry completely.

Step 4

Coat all painted surfaces with a layer of clear waterproof sealer. Let dry 24-48 hours.

Step 5

To assemble the mushrooms, center a drain plate, painted side up, on top of each upside-down pot. For stability, use epoxy or waterproof outdoor glue to adhere the drain plate to the base.

Step 6

Find a good spot to display your DIY Garden Mushrooms. They’re lightweight and they can be moved to add color to different parts of your yard.

BACKYARD TIP Want even taller mushrooms? Paint more pots in various sizes and stack them. Place a drain plate on top of each stack.

  1. says

    If they serve a purpose beyond color decoration and something else to clean, might be worth the investment of time, energy, and money. Might make cute deck tables.

  2. Carol High says

    or you could leave them natural and put a little chip in the lip of the pot and make it into a toad or frog etc. house

    • Alice Scanlon says

      Most pots are ok outside unless they fill with water and crack .. these would be upside down so think they would be ok. Get pots from cahrity shops, boot sales etc, great projects for half term. Could also use pots which have chipped for the frog/toad houses.

  3. says

    Thank you for the idea of the mushrooms!! We have tree stumps in our grove area left over after a wind and rain took down 17 of our trees. I think I will put some of them on cement squares so the termites won’t get them and nail on covers from the 5 gallon buckets. I can paint them and make stools out if them for my yard. We have nothing but shrubs, bushes and perennial flowers on our corner yard so those would brighten things up a bit. I have pondered for three years what to do with them, thank you!

    • Ethel Schuler says

      You could also put a roof on your stumps and paint them to look like birdhouses or fairy houses.

  4. Suzanne says

    I’ll bet these would make good bird baths too, as the inside of the ‘lids’ are painted too, also could be used for bird feed in the winter…too cute!!!

    • Mary says

      Turned the tops of these mushrooms the other way, right side up, and you have a bird bath. I have made several of these into bird baths.


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