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Jenna_Gayle
« on: March 18, 2009 01:54:42 PM »

I was doing a swap and found this idea on my partners Wist.  The original project can be found at this address   http://www.marthastewart.com/article/toadstools?autonomy_kw=toadstool  (I can get the dad gum html to work!)
I didn't follow the instructions exactly and I think it makes it a little easier the way I went about it!  Martha Stewart's site tells you to use several different things to make it, but these are the things I actually used

15" (or whatever you feel is a good size) plywood (I used OSB because I got it free!)
13" (just about 2" smaller than the first piece) plywood (used OSB here, too)
15" circle polyfoam   DO NOT get the high-density foam they recommend on the show's site - you'll pay out of the rear end for it!  I checked at the uphostery shops in town and what I would need to do this would cost $30-$45!  I went to Hobby Lobby and got 2 pieces of polyfoam and glued them together with Elmer's Craft Spray Glue.  Works like a charm and only cost me $10!  You also don't need the glue gun or glue sticks to attach the foam to the wood.  Just use the spray stuff again.
Electric knife - Don't worry about how bad it looks when you round it off.  Mine looked absolutely terrible and I thought about scrapping it, but once you pull the felt tight it looks perfect!
Staple gun and LOTS of staples
30" circle red felt.  I got a yard and have enough to do 2 more!
Batting - I used the cheap stuff from Walmart
Wool roving
Felting needles - I used one single needle and the Clover felting needle with 5 needles
Tree Stump
Drill
Screws

Using these materials I pretty much went by assembly instructions.  The only change I had to make was to cover the small disc with fabric.  Since I was using the OSB board my surface wasn't smooth so I didn't want to just paint it.  I got a light brown fabric, followed the same instructions as putting the batting on the large disk and Tada!



Since I was doing this for a swap and didn't finish until the night before I had to send my package off I didn't get a great picture of it!  The log should be a bit skinnier and shorter, but this one was closest to the house!


This only took a few hours to make start to finish.  It could have been a little quicker, but CSI was on!

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2009 02:53:48 PM »

very cute! i might have to make a whole slew of these for my yard.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2009 03:21:46 PM »

aww that's adorable Smiley What a whimsical touch! Although I imagine if you had it on a skinnier log, it may not balance as well when you sit on it? Dunno. Also, yes CSI = win
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2009 06:21:43 PM »

I LOVE this idea  Grin

And I love that you made it for me. It's really great.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009 05:55:53 AM »

Although I imagine if you had it on a skinnier log, it may not balance as well when you sit on it?

It just might!  They say to get a log that is slightly bigger on the bottom to help with the balancing.

I LOVE this idea  Grin

And I love that you made it for me. It's really great.

And I love that you inspired me to do this!   Grin
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