Add Some Magic
When I was little, I was obsessed with the idea of fairies. They lived in gardens, were surrounded by things that glowed, and just made nature seem a whole lot more interesting.
As I grew older, I wanted my garden to have all of the ethereal qualities of a fairy garden, so when I saw these glowing mushrooms by DIY Perks on YouTube, I knew I had to make them.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- SMD LEDs (links above if you can’t find any locally)
- resistors (value calculated in the video)
- clear silicone
- watercolor paints
- thin wire
- stiff wire wood (driftwood, bark, etc)
- battery box for 3x AA batteries, with built-in switch
- plastic food wrap
- wire cutters
- small pliers
- soldering iron
- solder drill
Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to start building your mushrooms. Keep in mind that for your LEDs, you will probably want the color to match the color of the mushrooms.
For example, if your mushrooms are red, go for red LEDs for the most cohesive look possible. Now that you’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to make them.
Solder your LEDs to create the electronic stems. You can see how that’s done, including voltage and more, in the video by DIY Perks below.
Now for the artsy part: making the mushrooms! With some silicone and some paints, mix it together to form the colored silicone that will form your mushroom stem.
Roll it up in your plastic wrap to form the stem and let it cure. Easy! Add your stem to your wood, then create your mushroom cap with the same method, shaping it into a cap shape.
Now put it all together as shown in the video below, and add it to your garden. Could it get any more beautiful than this?