DIY Garden Decor: Whimsical Toadstools

Lindsay from My Creative Days is here to show off her adorable polka dot whimsical Toadstool garden! They make such cute DIY garden decor! You won’t believe what she used to make them. Enjoy! -Linda

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DIY Garden Decor

toadstool garden

This was a $1 wood salad bowl I found at a yard sale. I thought it looked like a toadstool when I flipped it over so I had to buy it and take it home! The first thing I did to it was spray paint the entire thing red.

diy toadstool garden

After the red paint dried, I added white spots all over the bowl using white craft paint.

whimsical toadstool garden

Lastly, I painted Polyurethane over the entire bowl so that it would hold up in the elements.Then, we had a branch about 5″ in diameter fall in the back yard so my husband cut it down to the height of what I thought a toadstool should be (this one was about 1.5′) and he just screwed from the top of the bowl into the “stump”.

DIY Toadstools

I did go back in and cover up the screw with some red paint so it didn’t stand out so much. To get it into the ground, we put in on a stake and then put the stake in the ground so the “stump” is actually sitting on the ground. It is the cutest little addition to the yard!

diy garden decor

After hunting around, I finally found some more wood bowls to complete my toadstool garden! I found a set of salad bowls (one big and 4 small bowls) at a yard sale for $3!!! I brought them home and painted them different colors. I added the white spots and then polyurethaned them. My husband cut down limbs from dead trees to use as the bases! I love how they look in this spot behind our porch (it has been pretty bare since we built it). My husband bought a bunch of plants on clearance and planted them here as well. Next year, it will be fun to see how this all grows and turns out!

This project was so inexpensive, easy and not time consuming (the longest part of it was searching for the bowls, but the hunt is always so much fun). I love a project that comes together easily and makes a HUGE impact! This has added so much to our backyard!


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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 2

    Such a great idea! Living on Long Island where so many trees were damaged from Sandy, this a great idea for stumps left behind!

  2. 3

    Fantastic idea. I’m such a sucker for mushrooms. I’m definitely going to be looking for some bowls. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 4

    I need to do something like this. My husband loves, LOVES, LOVES toadstools and gnomes. We have a lot of artsy toadstools in our yard. These would be a great addition. Pinned!

  4. 5

    It is adorable…I love it

  5. 6

    this is cute and cool to make, i think i will make one for my balcony.
    thank you for the sharing and the tute. love it!!!

  6. 7

    OMGAGA those are soooo are so cute, thanks for sharing.

  7. 8

    I love them! They are so cute. A really love toadstools too. Thanks for the tute.

  8. 9

    What a clever idea! We just chopped down a dead tree and all that’s left is the stump. I’ve been staring out my window at it, trying to decide what to do! Now I’ll be on the lookout for a wood bowl!
    I’ll also make a couple of smaller ones for my fairy garden!

  9. 10

    Could you please elaborate on how you staked the stump to the ground?
    Mine keep falling over.

  10. 11

    I thought this was the perfect final touch to my gnome garden! Altho I didn’t use the wooden salad bowls, I found plastic ones, sanded them down so the paint would stick, primed them w/cheap white spray paint then spray painted them in yellow, red & orange. I too painted on the dots and screwed them into dead tree stumps I put in my garden. Thank you so much for the most simple idea!

  11. 13

    Love it! They are perfect for a whimsical touch to the garden. Can’t wait to try this project.