Wooden Mushrooms

Few things can make a gnome get a rumbly in his tumbly faster than the smell of fresh mushrooms sauteing in a frying pan. Axle thinks Britta should add mushrooms to just about everything she makes. Because Britta shares his love for mushrooms, she’s willing to cook them as long as he collects them. Of course, occasionally she has to put her foot down and say no to his gastronomic suggestions. Like the time Axel insisted she put mushrooms in their berry pudding! Preposterous!

There is definitely a skill to mushroom hunting, a skill handed down from generation to generation. Knowing where to look, and being able to distinguish the edibles from the poisonous varieties is an important ability. Axel is the Thicket’s expert on mushrooms, and because of that, it is his duty to take the young folk out into the woods, and teach them how to hunt mushrooms safely. It is definitely a skill worth learning, as any gnome’s tummy well tell you!

Making mushrooms for your gnomes is easy peasy. Make 1 or make dozens. All will be appreciated by your gnome friends.

unfinished wooden knobs

Paint the stems.

Paint the caps.

Add detail.




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  1. What adorable mushrooms! I’ve seen these blank wooden knobs in the craft store and thought that they would make cute mushrooms…now I know they will! We’ll have to make some for our gnomes to play with!

  2. Whenever I see a project like this I think, why don’t I come up with ideas like this? So very simple yet so bloody cute! I even have a container of left over knobs from a kitchen redo. Geeze Louis, I need to start thinking outside the box. Thank guys!

    1. You’ve inspired me to do a blog for tomorrow, Tara. Watch for it 🙂

  3. These are so cute! Must make some! Did you use milk paint and beeswax/oil finish?

    1. No I didn’t. I made these around midnight last night, on a whim, and I just used the folk art paints from Joanns. Although we all know how much I love the milk paint, and these would have painted up beautiful, I just didn’t have the time. If you make yours with milk paint, we’d love to see them. The milk paint and the olive oil and beeswax finish make the wood simply glow!

  4. The gnome world you’ve created is amazing! I can’t fathom all the wonders that will spark from the minds of the children whose imaginations you foster so beautifully!

  5. I’ll never look at a plain knob again without seeing a mushroom. =) I love it! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  6. I just saw these featured on One Pretty Thing. They are absolutely precious. I love simple projects like this.

  7. I think my daughter will definitely need a few of these little beauty’s for her fairy house. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Thank you so much for this! I’ve been looking and looking for wooden mushrooms everywhere – and now this easy and wonderful craft came to my rescue! I just love your blog – you have fantastic ideas – always a treat to see what you come up with next! I especially love your gnome home… and wooden animals…. and preschool curriculum…. and…. and …..
    Thank you! 🙂

  9. Just ran across your blog from One Pretty Thing and I love this idea, so simple and effective! I am planning on making my girls a pretend play landscape and these would be perfect additions.

  10. I’m thinking since I cannot actually come live in your house….(You might actually want to keep it.)… that you might need to come decorate my house. I love the charm and ambiance of everything in your home.

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. More shrooms for me to make for my tree! These are adorable and so, so easy. GREAT idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

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