Ihave an unusual craft for you today. A mushroom shelf. Last fall I spotted these mushrooms on a tree along a back road. They stayed all winter and started growing more in the spring. I thought they really do look like a shelf and could be used as one so I did some research.
They are a shelf mushroom, this one is an Artist Conk, called that because some people paint on them like a canvas. You can also etch on them and your etching will stay as it dries.
We know the owner of the property this was on so my hubby called him and got permission to take the mushrooms. Good thing hubby cut them because they were not easy to remove.
These are the 3 we took. We left some so the spores can make more. I etched a cat onto one and some names of people we plan to give them to on the others. Then we dried them for 2 weeks. Now I need to spray them with a clear coat to keep bugs away and hubby will put a hanger on the back.
Joanie is letting Baby Yoda show how he can fit on the shelf. ( They are the Awww…part of the post). I am deciding if I should paint on these too because there are discolorations from where we had to grip onto them to remove them from the tree.
There is a much more detailed tutorial online at Finder Maker’s blog about them. They recommend baking them instead of just drying them, but I decided against it. If you are interested or want to see some really cool shelves, click here.