Am I the only one who thinks that pretty walks through nature trails belong to the Fall? It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, even as a little girl. And if the trend of woodland critters had been popular when my kids were little, their rooms would’ve been full of little fox, raccoon, and squirrel decorations. I love how cute it all is!
For my Craft Room Destash Challenge this month, I’ve taken some old tera-cotta pots that a friend gave me and brought them new life, in a woodland theme.
These cupcake stands create the perfect display pieces for a birthday party, baby shower, or even a Fall festival.
What is the Craft Room Destash? Well, each month a group of bloggers are challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! We’re only allowed to spend up to $10 for necessary supplies (i.e. paintbushes, glue, ribbon, etc).
If you’d like to join in the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge, you can request to join our Facebook group here!
As crafters, don’t you love when friends recognize that you’ll happily take their extra junk off their hands for you? One of my dear friends, who’s quite the artist herself, had a truck full of dirty, mix-and-match flower pots. She let me pick through them and choose the ones I wanted, which I did very happily.
And, they’ve been outside my house collecting more dirt since that day this past Spring. Regardless, I only see treasure in a basket like this, do you?
I know, they look more suited for the garbage in this state. But I just knew I could do something with them.
As the challenge came up this month, I was playing around with the idea of creating little cupcake displays with the flower pots.
When I put them together, I immediately saw their potential to become whimsical little mushrooms fitting for any woodland decor.
Use the base as a mushroom top, and turn the pot over for the base.
The first thing I did was cleaned the tera-cotta by soaking them in a bucket of bleach water for a few days.
I rubbed and scrubbed all the grime off with a rag and a metal grill brush.
They became brilliantly clean (I was shocked, to be honest).
I’ve seen spray paint at Target so I decided to give it a try. Actually, I was out of primer and white spray paint, and I was already at Target and didn’t feel like going to another store, so that’s why I really decided to give their brand a try. It’s a line from Valspar so I knew it was probably going to work well.
The pots got a coat of primer and then a coat of glossy white.
Once they were dry, my little guy helped paint the base parts of the flower part. We used a variety of colors, and added white dots, which became the tops of the mushrooms.
Glue the two pieces together (most any glue will work).
To safely seal them, a coat of dishwasher safe ModPodge will do the trick.
CLICK HERE to download and print your own woodland critter cupcake toppers.
Cut out the toppers, tape or glue them to a toothpick, and insert them into the tops of your cupcakes.
*Decorator Tip* Use slices of wood and cute ceramic critters to add even more fun to the party theme. Be on the lookout at thrift stores, Dollar Tree, and the Target dollar sections for items that will coordinate, and spray paint them to match your colors if they’re not just right when you find it. A can of spray paint can work wonders at pulling all your ideas together.
IF YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE FROM MY PREVIOUS CRAFT ROOM DESTASH IDEAS, YOU CAN CHECK THEM ALL OUT HERE. And be sure to check out the other creative bloggers and their inspiring projects for this month