Well, here it is spring and time to spruce up the yard and push away the gloom of winter. I don’t really have a garden, but I do have flowers in the yard that could benefit from a few bright colors amongst them, especially, when that hot yellow ball in the sky is trying to burn up everything outside. In Florida, that’s when its best to just sit on the porch, or among the plants, with a tall glass of iced cold sweet tea or lemonade, and a fan blowing on high unless you have really good A/C inside. That’s usually where I am. However, It would be nice to have color in the yard to invite guests. Hence, I chose to make some colorful mushrooms to nestle under a huge oak tree, among the Lantana and Oak Leaf Hydrangia. The Hydrangia has already bloomed and withered, a victim of the hot sun and lack of humidity.
So, to get started, I’m going to find 3 clay flower pots in different sizes and heights, and 3 oversized clay bases for them to sit in. Once they are chosen, I pick out some bright colored paint to decorate the tops with, and a contrasting color for the stems and spots on my mushroom caps. First I paint the pots to look like stems. While they are drying, I can draw my circles on the bottom of the bases (you can use any design or shape that you would enjoy looking at). Once you have your design layout, you can start painting the bases. You can either paint around your design with your darker color, then your contrasting pattern or paint the design first. It really doesn’t matter as long as you allow the paint to dry on one, before putting another color on, so they won’t bleed together. When done, turn the pot upside down on the ground and place the painted base upside down on top of it. You could even paint a fairy door on the stem with either a fairy or frog. I made mine rather large to use as a small table to set my sweet tea or lemonade on.