I hope you’re sitting down for this one. I’m going to be baking 😀 Shocker right!!? If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that the oven and me will never be friends. That thing does not like me. Whatever I put inside always comes out rock hard and inedible. But I’m okay with that, especially since that’s exactly what I wanted to achieve when I made these adorable baked cotton mushrooms for this month’s Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge.

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And in typical “Michelle v.s. Oven” fashion they’re not edible 😀 They do make the cutest addition to a fairy garden, and because they’re so light you can use them as ornaments too. But I’ll get to that in a minute 😉 Let me first tell you a little bit about the Int’l Bloggers Club (IBC). Every month a group of bloggers from around the world get together to create something using a common theme. Last month was all about paper and this month its cotton. You’ll be able to see all of our projects at the bottom of the post. Okay back to those baked cotton mushrooms.

What You Need to Make Baked Cotton Mushrooms

  • Roll of cotton (large cotton balls work too)
  • Flour & water
  • A baking pan

See how clean and shiny mine is. Yup, it’s never been used. Oven – 1: Michelle – 0 🙁

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You’ll also need some acrylic paint, twigs from the garden, glue, aluminum foil, a mixing bowl, and some wire.

How to Make Baked Cotton Mushrooms

Cut the wire into pieces about 12.5 cm (5″) long. Bend the wire to form a stable “base” at the bottom. The wire helps the mushroom keep it’s shape and makes it easier when you bake them later.

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Grab a piece of cotton from your roll and pull it apart lengthwise to make a thin strip. If you’re using cotton balls unroll them to form long strips. Start at the top and slowly wind the cotton strip around the piece of wire, working your way down towards the bottom. Try wind the cotton strip as tight as possible. When you get to the bottom, wind the cotton strip back up toward the top of the wire smoothing and twisting as you go.

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Grab another piece of cotton, and place it about a 1/3 of the way down. Use your finger to hold it in place and wrap the cotton towards the bottom.

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Make a small loop at the top of the wire if you plan to use your baked cotton mushrooms as ornaments. Continue adding layers of cotton until you’re happy with the shape of your mushroom.

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You can really get creative and make all kinds of cool shapes by bending the wire or adding more cotton. Once you’re happy, mix up equal quantities of flour and water to form a runny paste.

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Stir well to get rid of any lumps. Drizzle the mushroom with the water and flour mixture.

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You can use the back of a spoon to gently squish the mixture into the cotton and get rid of any bumps or wrinkles. And don’t forget to coat the bottom of the mushroom with the paste too 😉

Baking the Cotton Mushrooms

Scrunch up bits of aluminum foil to form balls and place them in your baking pan.

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Drape the mushroom shapes over the foil before placing them inside the oven. Bake on low for about an hour or until they’re hard. Let the cotton mushrooms cool down a bit before carefully removing the foil.

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Take that you silly oven. Michelle – 1: Oven -1

Okay, time to get creative. Glue a few twigs or sticks to the bottom of the cotton mushrooms and paint the tops with acrylic paint. To make the dots simply dip a pinhead into white paint and dot them all over 😀

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If you want to use the mushrooms in a fairy garden be sure to give them a few coats of outdoor mod podge to protect them.

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Don’t you just love their weird and wacky shapes? They look good grouped together …….

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Or on their own.

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And I love the way the flour mixture forms almost natural looking gills underneath the mushrooms.

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And since they’re really light they make super cool ornaments too. Mine are going to stay in our fairy garden for a bit 😉

If you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later.

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Oh and before I forget. If you’re looking for some of the things I used to make the baked cotton mushrooms, I’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a very small commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more unique DIY and craft ideas for you 😉

Fantasea Cotton Coil, 2 Count
Miniature Fairy Garden Mini Fly Agaric Mushroom Picks Set of 5
Darice 28-Gauge Beading Wire, 40-Yard, Silver

Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, creative week. Love as always

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