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Sprout some style in the garden by making these unique mushroom-inspired artworks.
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To make the form for the base, use a hand saw or circular saw to cut four pieces of plywood or scrap lumber into the sizes shown below (two A pieces and two B pieces). Use finish nails to fasten the form so the A pieces are opposite each other. Be careful not to nail the form too tightly, as you'll need to spread apart the sides to pop out the base once it sets.
To create the base, prepare the Quikrete mix in a bucket according to package instructions. To form the base, pour the mix into the form (Photo A).
Fill to the level of the base’s desired height (Photo B).
Tap the form until the mix levels off. Let dry overnight, then pop it out of the base (Photo C) by prying apart the form slightly.
To make the cap, put a 5-inch layer of sand in a cardboard box. Dampen the sand and use a mixing bowl to make a depression to fit your preferred cap size. Prepare and pour Quikrete mix into the depression and tamp it (Photo D). Let dry overnight, then remove. Let the base and cap cure for a day. Then place the cap on top of the base and use as desired.