The moon has always held a deep fascination for me. I guess that makes me either a lunatic or a Selenophile. Hubby would say it’s the former 😉 Be that as it may, I’ve shared quite a few moon crafts on the blog. Everything from this beaded dreamcatcher to a ping pong ball moon casting an eery glow over a fairy graveyard. There are a few crafty mushrooms hanging around, too, like these cotton-baked ones and this gorgeous planter. But I’ve never combined the two. So today, I’d like to show you how easy it is to make a crescent moon wreath with curly top mushrooms.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

It takes a little time to put together if you have to make your moon wreath form from scratch (that would be me). But if you can find a ready-made form, you’ll be done in a morning.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

To add a little magic to the crescent moon wreath, I made two fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms.   

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

And added small flowers and moss to complete the picture.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

Feel free to use whatever you have on hand to make yours unique and special. Be sure to include some fairy lights, though.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

Because when you switch those babies on, it looks like the wee folk are dancing around a mystical moon.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

Talking about mystical, this month’s IBC challenge is “Mystical Makes,” and I’m hoping the moon qualifies 😀 You can see how my friends interpreted the challenge at the end of the post. Okay, before I show you how I made this crescent moon wreath and those curly top mushrooms, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

To make the crescent moon wreath

Wreaths aren’t a big thing here in South Africa, so finding a pre-made one was just not on the cards for me. If you can find one in your area, you’re welcome to use that instead. To make this one from scratch, I used the following:

  • Softwood vines, stems, or branches (willow, mulberry, various creepers, grape vines)
  • Galvanised wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Twine

To make the curly top mushrooms

  • Modeling clay (air dry or baked will both work)
  • Jewelry wire
  • Craft Paint
  • Moss

You'll need wire, soft, green vines and clay to make the crescent moon wreath and curly top mushrooms

Making a crescent moon wreath

Figure out how big you want your finished crescent moon to be. Mine is 35 cm x 20 cm. Cut two pieces of wire, one a little longer than the other.

Cut two pieces of wire. One a little longer than the other

Tie the edges together with more wire.

Join the wire by twisting the ends together

Trim away any excess.

Trim away any excess.

Wander around the garden collecting long, thin, supple branches and vines. I used branches from our weeping mulberry, St john’s creeper, and Boston Ivy.  Look for branches or stems that don’t break when you bend them. Freshly cut stems are the easiest to work with. If they do dry out while you’re making the wreath, you can soak them in water for a week or so to make them flexible again.

Use green vines or branches to make the wreath

Remove all the leaves.

Remove all the leaves from the vines

Starting at one end of the wire moon, weave the vines around and across the wire form.

Starting at one end weave the vines around the wire form

Slowly build up the form by weaving vines in and around each other.

Twist the vines around the crescent moon wire form

As more vines get added, you can tie the ends together with twine or fishing line, so they don’t pop loose and poke you in the eye. Ask me how I know 😀

As more vines get added tie them together with twine or fishing line

Continue adding vines until the crescent moon is full and the wire form is hidden.

Fill the wire form with more vines, weaving them in and out

Try to twist the vines in different directions and spread them evenly to cover up large gaps. Once you’re happy, cut any protruding bits with pruning shears and leave the wreath to dry flat for a few days. I left mine outside for two weeks.

Leave the wreath to dry for about a week or two

Making the fantasy curly top mushrooms

On a large piece of paper, trace around the crescent moon.

Place the wreath on a large piece of paper and trace around the edges

Using the crescent moon outline as a guide, sketch the mushroom shapes. A rough sketch makes it easier to judge how big or small the curly top mushrooms should be. They’re the stars of the show, after all 😉

Sketch the curly top mushrooms to get a sense of how big they should be

To make the mushrooms, I used white Sculpey clay, which needs to be baked. Normal air-dry clay will work too. Knead the clay to condition it and make it easier to work with.

Knead the clay to condition it and make it easier to work with.

Both the clay mushroom top and stalk start as balls. This quick video will show you how I made them.

Fairy Mushroom Tutorial

Make sure to push some craft wire inside the mushroom stalks before baking or air drying so they can be attached to the crescent moon wreath later.

push some craft wire inside the mushroom stalks before baking or air drying so they can be attached to the crescent moon

If you’re baking your curly top mushrooms, let them cool down completely before gluing the top to the stalk and painting them.

Paint the mushrooms whatever color you like

Putting it all together

I am by no means a wreath decorating expert, so I won’t even attempt to tell you how to do this part. The main attraction on the crescent moon wreath are those curly top mushrooms, so they went on first. The wire in the stalk made them easy to attach.

Insert the wired mushroom in the wreath and twist to secure

Simply insert the wire between the vines and then twist to secure.

Insert the wired mushroom in the wreath and twist to secure

Once the mushrooms are in on the wreath, fill the gaps between the vines with green stuff and flowers.

Tuck some moss in between the vines

My flowers are a mixture of faux hydrangeas…….

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

…. and dried baby’s breath (Gypsophila Elegans).

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

Since the crescent moon wreath can be seen from all angles, double-check that it looks good no matter where you stand.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

Finish off by wrapping the fairy lights around the moon. Hide the battery pack behind the moon.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

And that’s it.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

So easy. Hang and enjoy.

This how-to guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

If you like the idea of making a crescent moon wreath with fantasy curly top mushrooms, don’t forget to pin it for later.

This easy to follow guide will show you how to make a gorgeous crescent moon wreath from scratch. It includes a step-by-step video tutorial to make fantasy-inspired curly top mushrooms. #ACraftyMix #FantasyWreath

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These magical clay mushrooms with curly tops are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to any fantasy scene or fairy garden. I'll show you step by step how to make them out of polymer clay, but you can use air-dry clay too.

Want to see some more”Mystical Makes?”

Mystical Make Int'l Bloggers Club challenge for September.
  1. Anita made another unique creation with this Buddha in a globe planter.
  2. Crescent moon wreath by yours truly.
  3. A novel idea from Sara over at Birdz of a Feather, using playing cards as earring storage.

Oh, and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered. Disclosure: Clicking on the links below means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry, it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us make more amazing crafts to share with you 😉

Mandala Crafts Anodized Aluminum Wire for Sculpting, Armature, Jewelry Making, Gem Metal Wrap, Garden, Colored and Soft, 1 Roll(14 Gauge, Black)
Sale Original Sculpey® White, Non Toxic, Polymer clay, Oven Bake Clay, 1 pound great for modeling, sculpting, holiday, DIY and school projects. Great for all skill levels
Super Moss (21708 Reindeer Moss Preserved, Chartreuse, 2oz, 80.75 Cubic inch (in3) Bag (Appx. 2oz)

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Worth Imports 18' Hanging Crescent Moon W/20 Warm White Lights Wreath, Black, Gold
Sale 2pcs Moon Shape Wire Wreath Form Metal Floral Hoop for Making Wreath Decor, Dream Catcher and Macrame Wall Hanging Crafts DIY Flower Arrangement Wreath Hanging Wedding Baby Shower Wire Wall Decor
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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.