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.

Jim Wieland

Shalana Frisby
Shalana Frisby has been both a writer and designer for a variety of popular book and magazine publications. She worked in corporate arts and crafts publishing 15+ years producing content for major brands.