Monday, April 28, 2014

DIY Super Mario Wooden Mushrooms

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This is just a brief little post to share with you how I made the mushrooms for our Super Mario sensory bin.  I looked high and low and couldn't find any pre-made wooden mushrooms at our local craft stores that were short and squatty like I needed.  So we ended up in the wood crafts aisle at Hobby Lobby searching for bits and pieces to make our own. 
I ended up using 1" wooden split balls for the tops and 1/2" x 5/8" candle cups for the bottoms.  I painted the flat sides of the split balls and the bases first.
After the paint was dry, I glued the split balls to the bases. 
After the glue was dry, I was able to paint the rounded top portions of the mushrooms.  I did it in this order so that I could hold onto the bases while painting the tops (and avoid getting too much paint on my fingers).  After the red and green paint had dried, I used my little finger to add the white dots on the caps.  The last step before they were ready for the bin was to add their little oblong eyes with a permanent marker. 
The final result are these fun little guys.  They fit perfectly into our Super Mario sensory bin!  Although I think I see us using them for some other activities in the future.
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