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How to make a paper mache mushroom hat with recycled materials

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With used cardboard, paper mache, lace, and a handful of sun-catching clear beads, Sydney, Australia-based crafter Natasha Rose shares how she made a paper mache mushroom hat.

She chose the bold and infamous Fly Agaric Amanita Muscaria mushroom, a poisonous red-capped toadstool with “numerous white warty spots.”

shaping the mushroom
gluing the lace gills
The curved shape of the mushroom cap hat can be figured out with some cardboard-forming trial and error, but Rose’s template can also be purchased on her website.

Additional supplies on her list include scissors, hot glue, painters’ tape, tempera paint, and white texture paint.

painting the spots with texture paint
Related DIY: Paper Mache Paste Recipes.

Watch this next: Jonni Good’s DIY paper mache clay recipe.

Plus, a few other related projects on TKSST:
• How to Make a Monster Mask
• Alebrijes, Mexico’s Beautiful Monsters
How to make a Hollow Mask Illusion
How to make Halloween jack-o-lanterns with scary teeth

Bonus: Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria), a time-lapse of growth.

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