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Make Your Own Mushrooms

Mushrooms sometimes appear overnight on misty fall nights. They don’t always stay for a long time, making it a treat to see one while exploring the outdoors.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

Mushrooms help decompose or break down logs, stumps and more. Our local mushrooms come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some even glow in the dark!

Get into the mushroom madness and create one of your very own with these step-by-step directions.


Photo by Suzy Lyttle
  • Scissors

  • Paper

  • Toilet paper tubes

  • Glue

  • Markers


1. Cut a handful of circles out of paper. These will be used to make the top of the mushroom. To get a nice circle, you can trace the top of a coffee mug. Using an old magazine or a calendar will add a fun pattern or pop of color to your mushroom.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

2. Cut slits in the top of the toilet paper roll. Fold the slits down.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

3. Glue a paper circle on top of the folded-down slit. Trim the folded down pieces from around the edge of the circle.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

4. Cut a zig-zag pattern out of paper to make grass. Glue the grass to the bottom of the toilet paper tube.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

5. Fold the remaining paper circles in half, then fold in half once more. Add glue to the outside quarter folds. In the reference picture above, glue only goes on the white, not the colorful inside. Repeat and glue each circle piece together. Once the glue dries a little, the pieces can be stretched out a bit to form a circle. Glue the outside edges of the paper together so the circle stays together.

6. Glue your circle mushroom to the top of the toilet paper roll.

7. Using markers, add a friendly face to the tube!


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