Everyone that comes over wants to take one of these little guys home, so I decided to make a tutorial for everyone so that we all can have one, or two…..or a dozen!
I actually just went to the river and found the rocks…you can make these mushrooms with all sizes of rocks. The mushrooms pictured in the very top pic are about 6-9 inches tall with lighter, smaller rocks while the ones in the second pic are about 1ft tall. I’ve actually made some as big as 1 1/2 feet tall using bigger, heavier rocks. Anything over 1 1/2 feet in height starts getting too heavy for the ground to hold them up and they fall over easy. The heavier the mushroom, the harder your ground needs to be because of their weight…but I will say it sure does look cute with both large and small ones all clustered together! 😉
- Two river rocks -one that is round and flat in shape for the top of the mushroom, and one that is rectangular in shape for the stem of the mushroom
- One 3/16in steel round rod at 1/2in long-used for smaller mushrooms (I use a 1/4in steel round rod at 1/2in long for very large mushrooms because of their extra weight)
- One 3/16in steel round rod at in long-used for smaller mushrooms (I use a 1/4in steel round rod at 1ft long for the very large mushrooms to support their extra weight when stuck into the ground)
- Hammer Drill (I’ve tried using both a drill press and regular drill and had very little luck–hammer drill is the way to go!)
- Masonry Drill Bit-get same sized ones as your steel round rods, you will be sticking the rods into the holes you drill (depending on how many mushrooms you make and how hard your rocks are, you may want to get 2 or 3 extra bits as one bit may wear out after making a couple mushrooms)
- hack saw (for cutting steel round rods)
Gather two rocks: one that is round and flat in shape for the top of the mushroom (left), and one that is rectangular in shape for the stem of the mushroom (right)
Using the hammer drill and masonry bit, drill a 1/2in hole into middle of both the top and bottom of the longer rock (stem of mushroom) and another hole into the bottom of the round flat rock (top of mushroom)
Insert the shorter rod into the top of the ‘stem’ rock (left) and the longer rod into the bottom end (right).
Tilt the stem upright and push the longer rod into the ground. Then fit the top of the mushroom onto the smaller rod on top of the stem. Done!
Important: If you are having trouble pushing the stem and long rod into the hard ground DO NOT pound any of the rocks with anything such as a hammer. Doing so will break the rocks! Instead, soak the ground with water to soften.