Make a Giant Mushroom Prop For Party Decor

Make a giant mushroom prop with a foil roaster pan and paper mache - Design Dazzle #dollarstorecraft #partydecor #aliceinwonderland

Props are important for creating the perfect party atmosphere. I made this giant mushroom for a Vintage Glam Wonderland Party. It was easy to  do and took a bit of time. But more importantly it turned out awesome and was very inexpensive to make. Can you guess what the top of the mushroom is made of? Any guesses? It’s an aluminum foil roast pan purchased at the dollar store! You can make this mushroom using recylables. Save your roast pan when done cooking with it. Save your old newspapers and you have the makings of a paper mache mushroom.

supplies for giant mushroom



large aluminum roast pan – I purchased this at the dollar store. It is the large turkey sized one

stack of newspapers

two empty oatmeal or powdered drink type cylinder containers

paper mache recipe – flour and water

paint – I used cream and pink

glitter – optional

Tutorial: how to make a giant mushroom - Design Dazzle

Shape the aluminum pan to the shape you need. The aluminum pan is easily workable into a round shape. Turn the tray upside down. Wad up newspapers and lay on “top” of the pan which is actually the bottom (see the top image). I used masking tape to hold the papers in place

Instructions on how to make a Alice in Wonderland mushroom prop - Design Dazzle

Then I covered the top in duct tape. This was the color of duct tape I happened to have on hand. All the newspaper was held together by the tape and it also helped shape the top!

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Paper Mache solution: Mix flour and water together to create a paste that resembles thick cream. Stir until lumps are gone.

Tear strips of newspaper and dip into the paper mache solution. Adhere to the top of the mushroom. Keep applying in layers until you get the shape you want. Make sure to let it dry thoroughly between a couple of layers. If not, you can get mold.


tutorial on how to make a giant mushroom - Design Dazzle

The stem of the mushroom was created with these two empty cylinder containers stacked on top of each other. Duct tape held them together in place.

tutorial to make a giant toadstool - Design Dazzle

Apply paper mache to the stem same as the instructions for the mushroom top. The bottom of the stem was flared out a bit .

How to paper mache a giant mushroom - Design Dazzle

The top dimension is 18″ diameter and 7″ in height. The stem is 20.5″ high and 5″ in diameter.

Paint the mushroom with craft paint. I used cream and pink paint!

Make a giant mushroom prop using an aluminum foil pan and newspaper - Design Dazzle #AliceinWonderland #partyprops

Glitter was applied to the mushroom stem and polka dots. I added rose petals and opalescent pink shred to the bottom of the stem.

Paper mache mushroom - Design Dazzle

Keep on the look out for more projects and photos of my Vintage Glam Wonderland Party.


Posted on April 10, 2014
Categories: alice in wonderland, crafts, creative ideas, diy tutorials & creative ideas, dollar store, fabulous parties, party tips and ideas, toni's projects, ideas and tips

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  1. Missy says:
    April 14, 2014

    Great idea! This would be perfect for a fairy or Tinkerbell party!

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      April 14, 2014

      Thank you Missy! Yes, this mushroom would definitely work for fairy and Tinkerbell!! Even a Mario Bros red mushroom. : )

  2. Sunny says:
    April 14, 2014

    Adorable Toni. I love it. Would be perfect for an Alice tea party.

  3. Leonie @ Ashlee Rae says:
    April 14, 2014

    SO adorable!!!!

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      April 14, 2014

      Thank you Leonie! It makes my heart smile when I realize what it’s made out of!

  4. Michelle at Honey I'm Home says:
    April 15, 2014

    This is BRILLIANT Toni! Love it & I pinned it for future reference.

    Warmly, Michelle

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      April 16, 2014

      Thank you Michelle! You are a sweetheart! I love your talent and your blog!!!

  5. Cindy Minguez says:
    July 9, 2014

    OMG! You’re a genius! I have been looking everywhere for an affordable mushroom prop rental for my upcoming Alice in Wonderland party in October and now I can just make my own for super cheap. This is perfect!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      July 13, 2014

      Thank you Cindy! My one tip is to start early. A larger prop like this does take time to dry.

  6. Jennifer says:
    August 29, 2014

    You’re a genius!! I’m making a whole patchful of these!!

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      August 31, 2014

      Thank you Jennifer! I would love to see a picture when you are done. What a great idea to make a whole patchful!

  7. Jennifer says:
    August 29, 2014

    You’re a genius!!

  8. Sue says:
    February 17, 2015

    How did you attach the cap to the stem? It does not say.

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      February 17, 2015

      I kept it in two separate pieces (easy to store). I just place the cap on the stem – it’s heavy enough that it worked without glue. But you could certainly use E600 to glue it in place.

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