Magic Mushroom Print Craft Link-Up

MAGIC MUSHROOM PRINTS #crafts #naturestudy mylearningtable.com

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Creating Mushroom Prints

With a change in the weather, we are also suddenly seeing mushrooms everywhere. They are along the roadside, in fields, in the woods, and in our yard.

My son found a huge mushroom that was doomed to be run over with the lawnmower, so we pulled it up to examine it’s parts and make some easy art to add to the nature journal. First, my son had a lot of fun just examining the mushroom. He thought the underside looked like some type of weird sea creature.

After carefully breaking off the stem, he placed the mushroom cap on a piece of orange paper. We decided on a darker color of paper since the underside of the mushroom was light. Some mushrooms are darker underneath, and the print will show up better on light colored paper.

And then, we let it sit for an hour or so.

MAGIC MUSHROOM PRINTS #crafts #naturestudy mylearningtable.com

After slowly lifting the mushroom top straight up off the paper, we were left with a print!

MAGIC MUSHROOM PRINTS #crafts #naturestudy mylearningtable.com

How did that work?

Mushrooms have spores, which is what they use to reproduce. The spores are inside the gills on the underside of the cap. If you let the cap sit for awhile, the spores will be left behind on the paper, leaving a print. We think it turned out looking like fireworks, or a dandelion. What do you think?

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Comments (7)

  1. Carol Anne Wright Swett

    What a COOL idea…as usual you amaze me! We will be doing this one soon!

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  2. Jamie

    That is amazing!! We have so many of those sitting out in our yard right now, due to the rain. I’ll have to get creative with ours, too! 🙂

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      It’s fun to see what you can make out of nature finds.

      Reply
  3. Shelah

    The mushroom prints look so beautiful. I would not have thought of using a mushroom.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks, Shelah!

      Reply
  4. L. E. Mastilock

    We tried that before and didn’t get anything, but I think my kids were too eager and rough with their mushroom. Yours looks wonderful! I’ll have to try it again

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      It was trial and error for us. We found that using a darker color of paper helped it show up, and waiting till it dried out a little helped as well. You also have to be careful not to shake the mushroom around too much. Thanks for linking up your awesome craft!

      Reply

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