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DIY Toadstools in Your Backyard – 5 Easy Steps

DIY Toadstools
DIY Toadstools

A toadstool is any of a large number of fungal and mushroom-like organisms that grow in the legs of terrestrial animals and cause them to become sick.

Toadstools are also known as mushrooms but this name is usually restricted to edible fungi. When you see one, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘toad’.

The reason for this is that the most common toadstool in the UK and USA is the Fly Agaric, which is bright red and often grows in clumps that resemble a group of toads.

DIY Toadstool

If you’re looking to put some magic into your garden, then this project could be for you.

You could set tree logs on your yard at varying heights for all members of the family!

These great little stools are sure to be a hit with both the young and the young at heart.

You’ll need these materials:

  • Old Wooden Salad Bowl
  • Newspaper
  • Spray Paint
  • White Duct Tape
  • Screws
  • Logs

And this tool:

  • Drill
  • Screw Drivers

How to build your own DIY Toad Stool?

Prepping your materials

An old wooden salad bowl with a relatively smooth, flat bottom will often make a good stool. Since these wooden salad bowls have already smooth surfaces, you don’t need to sand them so you will save time.

Paint your wooden bowls

Since toadstools are bright red, you need to paint the outside part of your wooden salad bowls red. After painting it red, you can start painting white dots to complete the look of your toadstool.

Drill your wooden bowls

Drill holes in the centre of the wooden salad bowls, it is where you should attach the screws to attach them to the logs.

You should drill holes in the centre of the salad bowls because you are going to attach them to the logs using screws. Avoid using nails, as you may damage or break your wooden bowls.

Two to three screws will hold your wooden salad bowl securely to the logs.

The Logs

The logs will serve as the legs of the stool. You need to set them in your yard, depending on the height of the seat that you want. Or, if you have an existing tree stump, it would be great to make use of them.

The diameter of the log or the tree stump should be a little shorter than the diameter of the wooden bowl. This is to make sure that if you attach the wooden bowl to the log or to the tree stump, it will perfectly fit.

The Toadstool

Attach the wooden salad bowls to the logs using the screws. Secure them tightly, to the logs to avoid accidents. Leave the screws loose until you have managed to attach the other screws of the salad bowls to a log.

Drill the first hole and tighten the screw. Use the second screw to drill in a second hole that is located about an inch away from the first one.

Complete this process on the second log. Now go to the third log and complete the process from the beginning. Make sure you drill holes at even intervals, as this will ensure that the bowls are securely attached to the logs.

Do you think these toadstools are great? Well, start making yours now!

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Thanks to Twig and Toadstool for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here

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